From TripleC, Sebastian Sevignani (UTI): The Problem of Privacy in Capitalism and the Alternative Social Networking Site Diaspora*; and Ekaterina Petrovna Netchitailova (Sheffield Hallam): Facebook as a Surveillance Tool: From the Perspective of the User. Mark McGrath on Facebook's fake likes — a poisoned chalice. Pan-Islamic Facebook competitor Salamworld to launch in November. Let’s nationalize Facebook: Only then will the social network protect users’ rights and share valuable data with researchers. Are you sure the agency Facebook, YouTube or Twitter account you follow is legit? The GSA launches an official registry for government social media sites. A review of Discourse of Twitter and Social Media: How We Use Language to Create Affiliation on the Web by Michele Zappavigna. Meanland: Malcolm Harris on the radical terrain of social media. The demise of a social media platform: Aja Romano on tracking LiveJournal's decline. Deborah Lupton on a sociologist’s adventures in social media land. The New York Review of Magazines reviews The Social Media Monthly. Guy Kawasaki was so stoked by Google+ he wrote a book about it; Fast Company wanted to know why he thinks we'll all get on board someday.
From Geez, Jenny Henkelman on how stereotypes have followed us from our ancient caveside beginnings to our modern existence; Marianne Siemens on the stereotype of the childless woman; and not only do people interact with their own social identities, but we all make judgements about the identities of others. That giant tarantula is terrifying, but I'll touch it: Expressing your emotions can reduce fear. Self-defense for the self-driving car: As more autonomous robots go out into the field, their creators struggle with figuring out how to defend them from thieves and mischief-makers. Sham text: Johns Hopkins just acquired a massive collection of books and manuscripts — every last one of them fake. An interview with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power. A review of Dark Art: The Changing Face of Public Relations by Tim Burt. Changing attitudes about changing sex: Sex is changing, and so is transsexuality. From Diplomatic Courier, Whitney Grespon on when a passport teaches more than a diploma. A review of The Carolingian World by Marios Costambeys, Matthew Innes and Simon MacLean.
Chris Armstrong (Southampton): Global Justice and Proposals for Distributive Institutions. Charles Blattberg (Montreal): We Are All Compatriots. Andy Lamey (Monash): A Liberal Theory of Asylum. Clara Sandelind (Sheffield): Territorial Rights and Open Borders. Susanna Mancini (Bologna): Secession and Self-Determination. Robert J. Delahunty (St. Thomas): Nationalism, Statism and Cosmopolitanism. Jefferey Sellers (USC) and Anders Lidstrom (Umea): The Localization of Territorial Identity: Citizen Attachment in an Era of Globalization. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo) and Eva Erman (Uppsala): Multiple Citizenship: Normative Ideals and Institutional Challenges. From NDPR, Susan Shell reviews Kant and Cosmopolitanism by Pauline Kleingeld; Javier Hidalgo reviews Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations by Nicole Hassoun; and Stephen Nathanson reviews Ethics for a Broken World: Imagining Philosophy After Catastrophe by Tim Mulgan. Want to double living standards for the global poor? Simple — just repeal all immigration laws, in every single country, right now. A review of Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present by Didier Fassin.
A new issue of Monitor on Psychology is out. From EJIL:Talk!, Kai Ambos on how Julian Assange’s medal-worthy self-staging as a militant for worldwide freedom of opinion has diverted attention away from the fact that the dispute over his extradition has nothing to do with Wikileaks. From Figure/Ground Communication, an interview with Thomas de Zengotita. Amjad Waheed et al. on exploring “The Clash of Civilization as a Paradigm” and the “Cause of the Civilizational Clash”: A review of literature. Sixteen wives, twenty children: Valerie Tarico on the role of machismo in overpopulation. Bambi’s blunder: The return of deer to North American forests may threaten songbirds. Tony Ortega on Scientology's homophobia: Even the Church's token gay guy was disgusted. Paul Seabright combines insights from economics and evolutionary theory to shed light on why there is still a great deal of inequality between the sexes in the workplace. An interview with Larry Young and Brian Alexander, author of The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex and the Science of Attraction. Moody’s might downgrade the United States — and why shouldn’t it?
From The Washington Monthly, here is their latest College Guide and Rankings, including Rachel Fishman and Robert Kelchen on America's Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges. Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade. Kim Sawyer on why university rankings are flawed. Why do colleges compete by becoming more expensive? Top 20 party schools, top 20 sober schools all sound equally horrible. Sarah Kendzior on how the plight of adjunct professors highlights the end of higher education as a means to prosperity. The collapsing business plan of American higher education: David Schultz on the rise and demise of neo-liberal university. Debra Leigh Scott on how the American university was killed, in five easy steps. The economic woes of public universities in the US present “a prime opportunity” for institutions with money to swoop in and snatch up staff. Barbarians in the Ivory Tower: America's for-profit colleges use students in their greedy quest for federal bucks — then leave them holding the debt. Stephen Burd on getting rid of the college loan repo man: As predatory debt collection agencies ruin the lives of more and more Americans, we are ignoring an easy and fair solution.