A new issue of First Monday is out. From e-flux, Jon Rich on how the widespread use of Facebook has created the “final statement” that replaces the messy exchange on a blog, which in turn replaced the in-depth thinking that exists in books, effectively re-creating the Facebook user as a judge. Sarah Mitroff on translating the entire Internet, one language lesson at a time. Aja Romano on a skeptic's guide to spotting an "Internet kook". Ann Friedman reviews Social Media Is Bullshit by B.J. Mendelson and The Kickstarter Handbook: Real-Life Success Stories of Artists, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs by Don Steinberg. Michelle Koufopoulos is a morally bankrupt fascist babykiller: Can we balance free speech and privacy with basic decency in online communities? Stop pagination now: Why websites should not make you click and click and click for the full story. There are some strong parallels between MySpace’s impending “makeover” and the “urban renewal” efforts sometimes called gentrification or regentrification. Alexis Ohanian started Reddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” then he helped kill SOPA, the bill that threatened to destroy it; now he's running for President — of the whole thing.
John Reynolds (NUI Galway): Third World Approaches to International Law and the Ghosts of Apartheid. In the time it takes you to read this article, over 50 young girls will have their clitoris hacked out — what are you going to do about it? Imre Josef Demhardt reviews A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton. Does biology make us liars? Oren Harman reviews The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers. Matthew Brunwasser on Zeugma after the flood: New excavations continue to tell the story of an ancient city at the crossroads between east and west. Chris Parker on the 10 most corrupt tax loopholes. What do geographers do? Marvin Creamer’s life story is all you need to know about the practical application of geography. Steve Wasserman reviews Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld. The good, the bad, and the moral: Stephen Beirne on an exploration of ethical questions in the gaming world. Kayt Sukel reviews The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction by Larry Young and Brian Alexander.
A new issue of The Washington Diplomat is out. Max Abrahms (Johns Hopkins): The Credibility Paradox: Violence as a Double-Edged Sword in International Politics. From Human Rights and Human Welfare, a roundtable on the International Criminal Court, peace, and justice; Carlos Figueroa reviews State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush by Andrew Kolin; a review essay on international organization and poverty alleviation; and Matthew S. Weinert reviews Political Evil in a Global Age: Hannah Arendt and International Theory by Patrick Hayden. From The National Interest, Amitai Etzioni on the myth of multipolarity. From The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, an interview with Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. More and more and more and more and more on The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan. The Korean peninsula: Immanuel Wallerstein on the future of a geopolitical nexus. Leon Hadar reviews We Are Not All Westerners Now No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn by Charles A. Kupchan. Michael Barker interviews Kees Van Der Pijl on foundations of social change. Why are a few rocks in the middle of the ocean so important?
Adam C. Pritchard (Michigan): Facebook, The JOBS Act, and Abolishing IPOs. Polly J. Price (Emory): Stateless in the United States: Current Reality and a Future Prediction. Royal wedding gives Luxembourg turn in spotlight: Prince Guillaume will marry Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lanno. Reality Checkmate: Americans now have “reality” shows on every topic you can imagine except reality itself — it’s the one thing Americans won’t face. According to 101 Facts About Satanism in America, you're probably a Satanist already. How not to choose a president: It is easy to think of any competitive situation as a sporting event, but presidential debates are perhaps the best example of the sports analogy gone wrong. From Playboy, say good-bye to your sex life if things go south in November. The new anti-Semitism: Was the Holocaust a unique genocide? Depending upon your response, you might qualify as a new anti-Semite. Josh Tyrangiel is editor of the year: Bloomberg Businessweek leader revives flatliner with provocative covers, smart packaging and irreverent storytelling. You can always tell a RCP/LM follower from their attitude and vocabulary.
From America, Michael J. Walsh on why the gifts of Vatican II are still needed today; and Dolores R. Leckey, Gerald O’Collins, Catherine E. Clifford, and Greg Kandra on how the council is still shaping the church. Hans Kung, one of the world's most prominent Catholic theologians, has called for a revolution from below to unseat the pope and force radical reform at the Vatican. The Birth of the World Church: Sean D. Sammon on the epoch initiated by Vatican II. From Talk2Action, Frank Cocozzelli on the Catholic Right's Ayn Rand economics; and is redistribution Marxism? No, just "good Catholic doctrine!" It turns out, then, that a government big enough to enact social programs favored by the Catholic Church is big enough to openly war against centuries of Church teaching. A medical symposium in Dublin, Ireland, heard evidence that "abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a mother". A review of Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood since Vatican II by Mary L. Gautier, Paul M. Perl, and Stephen J. Fichter. "Catholic" but not "Roman Catholic": Rev. William J. Freeman, a former Roman Catholic deacon now ordained in the United American Catholic Church, argues that he is not schismatic.