Matthew Crosston (Bellevue): Defeat the Tweet? Social Media, Grassroots Dissent, and Authoritarian Co-optation. Matthew Allen (Curtin): An Education in Facebook. Fred Wilson on how the online advertising business has evolved. Kristen Perrin reviews The Technology of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention by Joseph G. Bock. What turned Jaron Lanier against the Web? Ron Rosenbaum investigates. The introduction to Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by E. Gabriella Coleman. The Web’s new monopolists: Just because Facebook and Google are innovative now doesn’t mean they won’t strangle growth and harm us all — if we let them. LiveBoard doesn't ring a bell? Social media is nothing new — it just has better packaging and better marketing. After a half-decade, a massive Wikipedia hoax is finally exposed. Why does everyone think Google beat the FTC? Tim Wu wants to know. Steve Huff on how we’ve got one year before the Internet kills us all. From Cracked, Robert Brockway on 4 ways to tell if you're creepy (using the Internet); and a look at 4 things you learn quickly about Internet hate.
Ivana Zagorac (Zagreb): One World or None: Albert Schweitzer as a Peace Activist. Uday Chandra (Yale): The Case for a Postcolonial Approach to the Study of Politics. Dorothy E. Roberts (Penn): The Social Context of Oncofertility. From the latest issue of Numeracy, Pete Nye and Cinnamon Hillyard (UWB): Personal Financial Behavior: The Influence of Quantitative Literacy and Material Values. From The National Interest, Marc Goodman and Parag Khanna on the power of Moore's Law in a world of geotechnology. This simple blood test reveals birth defects — and the future of pregnancy. Abby Rogers on why society might actually need psychopaths. Robert McCrum on the global linguistic revolution: The world's fastest growing language is no language at all. Oliver Burkeman on why stereotypes are bad even when they're “good”. The Catch-22 of Eyewitness ID: Juries trust the memory of witnesses even when they shouldn’t. From Cracked.com, Kyle Stevens on the 5 most hilariously insane rulers of all time; Cyriaque Lamar on why the dick pic is our cultural legacy; and Chris Bucholz in the top 7 things of all time.
Basil Siddique (GRIPS): Does Poverty Fuel Terrorism? Emmanuel Sarfo and Ewuresi Agyeiwaa Krampa (Cape Coast): Language at War: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Speeches of Bush and Obama on Terrorism. Charles Kenny on how airport security is killing us. Terrorism is a misused, overused term; correctly used, it refers to a specific form of asymmetric warfare. How did David Coleman Headley veer from a life of privilege to drugs, crime and, finally, terrorism? His dedication to one thing beyond all else: himself. From THE, Ted Honderich reviews Terrorism: A Philosophical Investigation by Igor Primoratz; and Christina Hellmich reviews Terrorist's Creed: Fanatical Violence and the Human Need for Meaning by Roger Griffin. Michael W. Cotter reviews U.S. Government Counterterrorism: A Guide to Who Does What by Michael B. Kraft and Edward Marks. P.W. Singer on the cyber terror bogeyman: We have let our fears obscure how terrorists really use the Internet. The New Battlefield: John McLaughlin on 5 ways terrorism has changed since 9/11.
Jennifer A. Shukusky (Rutgers) and T. Joel Wade (Bucknell): Sex Differences in Hookup Behavior: A Replication and Examination of Parent-Child Relationship Quality. Steven A. Bank (UCLA): Taxing Bigness. From the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, a special issue on Michel Henry. From The Washington Diplomat, understanding the rules of protocol goes a long way toward greasing the wheels of diplomacy — which is why Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall's job is so important. Pop goes the culture: Andrew Ferguson profiles Ken Myers and his quest to preserve and defend the good, the true, and the beautiful. Erik Rush continues to test the boundaries of Poe's Law, arguing that President Obama is part of a communist government-media-law school conspiracy that is bringing about the End Times. Slick Subscriber: Joseph Epstein, magazine marauder. The business of polo: How technology could transform an ancient sport. Can there be war without hate? John Arquilla on surprisingly humane moments in combat — and why they matter. Kai Heidemann reviews Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic by Karen Oslund.
Mark Hannam (London): The Morality of Money Lending. From The Atlantic Monthly, what’s inside America’s banks? A close investigation of the enormous risks that banks may still be hiding — and a blueprint for how to avert another crisis. Matt Taibbi on Secret and Lies of the Bailout: The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy — it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme, and the worst may be yet to come. Shaun Randol interviews Jason Kelly, author of The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything. How much is enough to make a banker happy? Greg Smith's tale of exile from Wall Street shows that even the rich can feel inadequate compared to the super-rich. Mary Mellor reviews How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky (and more). Beyond GDP: John Norris on how our fixation with growth blinds us to broader measures of a society's health — or lack thereof. Hooray for GDP: Nicholas Oulton on GDP as a measure of wellbeing. Peter Cove on what he learned in the poverty war: Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor.