Geert Lovink (Amsterdam): What Is the Social in Social Media? Hey, 2005, your meme is calling: C.T. May on learning to hate the Internet. Hennie Weiss reviews I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy by Lori Andrews. Why are dead people liking stuff on Facebook? Facebook's lack of a dislike button is no surprise: our public sphere is structured to favor approval and consent over disapproval and dissent. Is Wikipedia biased? Shane Greenstein and Feng Zhu on verifying the “neutral point of view”. Herding cats: Glenn Derene on how YouTube processes 72 hours of video in 1 minute. Reddit is making us stoopid: Ted Rall on how online popularity contests are killing politics. Finally, the one true purpose of Wikipedia has been revealed: It’s a GIF repository. Alt Text: Lore Sjoberg on the Nine Muses of the Internet. Dear Facebook: Without the Commons, we lose the sharing web. MetaFilter founder Matt Haughey on how Reddit's “creepy stuff” shows how hard it is to run an open community, why Facebook is like AOL in the '90s, and the best and worst developments in online communities. Mike Novak on fun places on the Internet (in 1995).
David Dittrich (Washington): The Ethics of Social Honeypots. Duncan Murrell (Duke): The Anxiety of Authenticity. Catherine Baker reviews The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? by Thorsten Benner, Stephan Mergenthaler and Philipp Rotmann. Michael Ignatieff reviews Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan with Nader Mousavizadeh (and more). Simon Balto on James Baldwin’s America and the paradox of race. Alden Young reviews Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. From Ryerson Review of Journalism, many journalists believe fashion and beauty books are easy targets for aggressive advertisers — but it’s a lot more complicated than that; and to report or to rescue: When is it okay to cross the line from journalist to humanitarian? The end of the map: Apple Maps stands at the end of a long line of cartographic catastrophes; say goodbye to the Mountains of Kong and New South Greenland — the enchanting era of geographic gaffes is coming to a close. How diabetes swept the US: Asya Pereltsvaig on using a series of maps to represent changes in time.
Alison L. LaCroix (Chicago): What If Madison Had Won? Imagining a Constitutional World of Legislative Supremacy. Derek A. Webb (Stanford): The Original Meaning of Civility: Democratic Deliberation at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention. The introduction to The Story of America: Essays on Origins by Jill Lepore (and more). From Common-place, Patrick Spero reviews Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and the Election that Saved a Nation by Chris DeRose. From City Journal, Myron Magnet on the Americanness of the American Revolution: Why the Founders succeeded. David V. Johnson interviews William Hogeland, author of Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation (and more). Gordon S. Wood reviews The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy by Thomas K. McCraw. Henry Wiencek reviews Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. Nicholas Guyatt reviews The Amistad Rebellion: The Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom by Marcus Rediker.
Lisa Maria Dellmuth and Jonas Tallberg (Stockholm): The Social Legitimacy of International Organizations: Interest Representation, Institutional Performance, and Cosmopolitan Identities. May it go to the heart: The story of Jewish prisoners performing Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin taught conductor Murry Sidlin just how powerful music can be. Andrew Clark reviews A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker. Indigenous to the hood: Leslie Jamison on Los Angeles's gang tours. Nine-year-old girl Sam Gordon plays football, kicks ass and maybe changes the world. An interview with Andrei S. Markovits, co-author of Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States. Do orchestras really need conductors? Shankar Vedantam investigates. From Intellectual Conservative, what would Jesus shoot? Jesus actually ordered the apostles to acquire swords. Jon Wiener on the largest mass execution in US history: Lincoln ordered the execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians for rebellion — but never ordered the execution of Confederate officials or generals. Here are the top 25 Cracked articles of 2012.
From The Examined Life, a special issue on pursuing goodness without a payoff. Philosophy as an art of living: Costica Bradatan reviews Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche by James Miller; How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell; and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life by Bettany Hughes. From Being Human, evolved trait or evolutionarily useless spinoff? Dean Falk on the adaptive value of happiness; the highest good: Carol Ryff on pleasure versus purpose in determining happiness; negotiating with our future selves: Paul Bloom on how we trade off happiness today against tomorrow; and the non-pursuit of happiness: Daniel M. Haybron on how meaningful well-being comes from leading a better life. The art of living well: Rosalind Hursthouse reviews Intelligent Virtue by Julia Annas. Tyler Cowen on why he’s a happiness optimist but an economic pessimist. Susan Hassler on the pursuit of corporate happiness: Biometric sensors can gauge worker productivity but carry real risks as well. How should we live? Jonathan Glover tells us about some of those who've looked for answers, from Plato to Primo Levi. Douglas McDermid reviews Stoic Pragmatism by John Lachs.