From TNR, Blaine Greteman reviews The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat by Dave Tomar. Felix Salmon on the necessity of a college education. John K. Wilson ideas for improving the AAUP that don’t require radical changes in the organization or massive amounts of funding. Anatomy of a campus coup: What does the failed ouster of Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia’s president, mean for higher education? With guilty plea, University of Alabama shooter Amy Bishop writes her own ending. Peer pressure: The journal review system's lack of transparency worries Stephen Mumford. University press realities: Higher education depends on scholarly publishing, even if most institutions don't do anything to foot the bill, write Alex Holzman, Douglas Armato and MaryKatherine Callaway. The latest academic book (hopefully) one click away: The scholarly e-book revolution is coming, but there’ll be a few bumps on the road before we get there. Fellow humans, pay attention: algorithms are reshaping research from the inside out and we have barely noticed, warns David Beer.
A new issue of Public Diplomacy is out. From Tablet, Lee Smith on how Orientalism shaped Obama: The White House’s response to the anti-Islam video is proof of the enduring influence of Edward Said’s ideas. A slob’s apology: Why is it so difficult for slobs to keep belongings consolidated and in order when other people can keep their spaces (and “souls” — or let’s switch to “minds”) neat with ease? Mike LaBossiere on anti-abortion as a “cheap” moral position. William Gibson on why sci-fi writers are (thankfully) almost always wrong. "It's not a hobby, it's a post-apocalyptic skill": Although knitting has a tame reputation, it can be political — yarnbombing gives political activists another medium through which to express themselves Alexander Klein reviews Of Men and Manners by Anthony Quinton. Matthew Harwood interviews David Shipler on why bad guys deserve rights, how small-town officials wield big-time power, and why Obama has been bad for the Constitution. Pussy Riot's Theology: The jailed Russian musicians weren't just up to punk mayhem — they were taking part in an esteemed strain of Christian liberation activism. Is America broke? Not with a Robin Hood Tax: John Nichols on why the country should look to Congressman Keith Ellison, not Paul Ryan for a fiscal vision.
From The Monkey Cage, Jessica Weiss on nationalism and anti-Japan demonstrations in China (and more). Can Asia save global capitalism? Reihana Mohideen wonders. Francis Fukuyama on what Myanmar needs. The ruins of empire: Pankaj Mishra on Asia's emergence from western imperialism. A review of From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia by Pankaj Mishra (and more and more and more and more and more). Women in Power and Politics: Sonia Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi have overcome tragic and arduous pasts to emerge as leaders of India and Burma — what’s next for these two historic icons? A review of Globalization and Economic Nationalism in Asia. Home alone: Kei Hiruta on on being liberal in East Asia. Benjamin Herscovitch on how English is the language of the Asian century. From Democracy Digest, is Burma’s democratic opening for real? East Asia’s lost opportunity: The region has yet to recognise its potential role in global governance, writes Ross Buckley — to do that, China needs to change tack. A review of Fashioning Japanese Subcultures by Yuniya Kawamura. A review of The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham.
Matthew J. Lister (Denver): Who are Refugees? Lionel Beehner on the geopolitics of refugee crises. From Buzzfeed, Ouiser Boudreaux on the proto-rapists of OkCupid: Why do online daters think it's cute to bring up rape?; on the least lovable liberals on OkCupid: Being awful on online dating sites isn't just for Red Staters; and there are enough terrible internet dating profiles out there — here's how to write one that won't send potential partners running to the closest cat video. Welcome to Kochtown, Population: 1: Billionaire William Koch wants 1,846 acres of federal land for a faux frontier town. Steven Mazie on the cocksure versus the intelligent. Breaking Bad: Tim Maurer on how America's biggest corporations became cyber vigilantes. “None of the Above” should be on the ballot: NOTA could get rid of lazy incumbents, improve turnout, and discourage negative campaigning. Miss Cellania on how the basic laws of human stupidity suggest a better way to choose politicians. The capitalist coup d’etat: An interview with Chris Hedges, author of Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
From Ars Technica, most of what you read was wrong: John Timmer on how press releases rewrote scientific history. Scientists are often responsible for “spin” of their results, research finds. Bradly Kneisel on the evolution of scientific knowledge. What would scientists learn if they could run studies that lasted for hundreds or thousands of years or more? Leslie Horn on 9 scientific breakthroughs that happened totally by accident. Neanderthal sex and lesbian albatrosses: Michael Brooks on the perils of populist science. Evolution and the complexity principle: Nicholas Beale and Brian Josephson on how science advances by deeper mathematical and conceptual understanding. From THES, a review of Hawking Incorporated: Stephen Hawking and the Anthropology of the Knowing Subject by Helene Mialet; despite being the father of modern computing, Alan Turing's greatest impact on contemporary science may stem from his insights into altogether more complex hardware, argues Ray Dolan: the human brain; and a review of Is American Science in Decline? by Yu Xie and Alexandra A. Killewald. Is a science Ph.D. a waste of time? Don’t feel too sorry for graduate students — it’s worth it.