Ralph Pordzik (Wurzburg): Travellers in Technotopia: Culture, Globalisation and Technology in Postcolonial Utopian Fiction. Molly Land (NYLS): Toward an International Law of the Internet. From Digital Education and Culture, Dale Leorke (Melbourne): Rebranding the Platform: The Limitations of “Platform Studies”. How much tech can one city take? Shaken by the latest digital gold rush, San Francisco struggles for its soul. Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz reviews The Digital Flood: The Diffusion of Information Technology across the U.S., Europe, and Asia by James W. Cortada. Stuart Macdonald reviews Policing Cyber Hate, Cyber Threats and Cyber Terrorism by Imran Awan and Brian Blakemore. What turned Jaron Lanier against the Web? The digital pioneer and visionary behind virtual reality has turned against the very culture he helped create. Is the Web getting worse? Navneet Alang wants to know. Why smart glasses might not make you smarter: Elise Ackerman interviews wearable-computer pioneer Steve Mann. How technology has restored the soul of politics: An interview with Joe Trippi. Can technology make you happy? Yes, and it can make your office a better place to work, too. This is the exact date when our computer world ends.
Stefan Bechtold (ETH Zurich): The Fashion of TV Show Formats. Neha Bhat (American): Is “Something” Always Better than “Nothing”? A Critical Appraisal of the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010. End of Byzantium: Besieged by a majority Turkish culture, Istanbul's Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I attempts a cosmopolitan revival. The first chapter from Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law by Margaret Jane Radin (and more). Would it change Zine Crush to know who edits it? In search of immortality: An interview with Stephen Valentine, a man with a plan to offer immortality to anyone prepared to put their faith in science. A short guide to upcoming referendums (and similar things): Scotland and Catalonia are the best-known examples of countries willing to call a vote on independence, but there is a longer list including Pacific islands and several autonomous territories. Would you date a robot? It seems pretty safe. From Politico, Kevin Cirilli on the 10 craziest stories of 2012. “Mobutu Sese Seko” on the odious tyranny of chain restaurant middle managers. The Appendix publishes the Prophecy of Benjamin, the Anti-Christ.
Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Boundaries of the Moral (and Legal) Community. Jesse Graham, Sena Koleva, and Ravi Iyer (USC), Jonathan Haidt (NYU), Matt Motyl (Virginia), and Sean P. Wojcik and Peter H. Ditto (UC-Irvine): Moral Foundations Theory: The Pragmatic Validity of Moral Pluralism. J. David Velleman (NYU): Foundations for Moral Relativism. Etienne de Villiers (Pretoria): The Distinctiveness of Christian Morality: Reflections After 30 Years. Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): The Nature of Evil. Which comes first, morality or religion? Mary Warnock on Godless morality. Diana Schaub reviews Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics by Robert C. Bartlett and Susan D. Collins. Timothy Schroeder reviews Ethics Without Morals: In Defence of Amorality by Joel Marks. Experiments of living: Philip Kitcher on an ethical stance for the human future. Are babies born good? New research offers surprising answers to the age-old question of where morality comes from. Subjectivism, egalitarianism, and relativism: Edward Cline on the nihilism of the new relativity. Is it morally acceptable to kill zombies? E.J. George on a theoretical proposal in positing a moral framework for killing zombies.
A new issue of the Journal of Social Inclusion is out. From The New York Times, a special issue on The Lives They Lived. The world's first boy band: Their career was cut short by the Nazis' discriminatory racial laws, but the Comedian Harmonists' impact was immeasurable; the a cappella sextet — the world's first boy band — was founded 85 years ago. Apocalypse and Revelation are the same word: An interview with Joel Kovel and Quincy Saul, founders of Ecosocialist Horizons, on discuss climate change, the collapse of capitalism, and building a new world in the shell of the old. Russ Smith on Ross Douthat, a journalist writing for journalists. Adam Woog reviews On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks by Simon Garfield. From Outlook India, rape happens: The “normalcy” of violence — sexual violence being the most perverted — is India’s lot; one girl’s nightmare focuses the light. Triumph of the nerds: The internet has unleashed a burst of cartooning creativity. Machiavellian monkey business: Michael Jackson and Damian Grace on Machiavellian intelligence in primates and Machiavelli. Andrew Lu on the top 10 “Legally Weird” stories of 2012. And Political Theory Daily Review/Omnivore is 10 years old today.
A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. Michael N. Schmitt (NW): Classification [Of Conflict] in Future Conflict. Kai A. Konrad and Florian Morath (Max Planck): Evolutionary Determinants of War. Geoffrey S. Corn (South Texas): Geography of Armed Conflict: Why It is a Mistake to Fish for the Red Herring. Kieran Oberman (UCD): War and Poverty. Jens David Ohlin (Cornell): Is Jus in Bello in Crisis? Giovanni Distefano (Neuchatel): Wither Away State Right to Wage War Unilaterally. Geoffrey S. Corn (South Texas) and Laurie R. Blank (Emory): The Laws of War: Regulating the Use of Force. Law and ethics for robot soldiers: Kenneth Anderson and Matthew Waxman on autonomous systems and the laws of war. What is war? Jill Long on a new point of view. Bonnie Docherty on the trouble with killer robots: Why we need to ban fully autonomous weapons systems, before it's too late. Are private military companies (PMCs) exempted from Geneva Conventions? The first casualty: Tom Palaima muses on truth's troubled relationship to the tales we tell about the heart of war. Gaynor Johnson reviews Embassies in Armed Conflict by Geoffrey Berridge.