Cornelius Puschmann (Humboldt) and Jean Burgess (QUT): The Politics of Twitter Data. Steven R. Swanson (Hamline): Forcing Facebook on Foreign Dictators: A Violation of International Law? From TNR, can social media solve real-world problems? Future Perfect author Steven Johnson takes Evgeny Morozov to task for his critical book review. Apple, Google and Facebook’s new HQs: Do tech companies’ headquarters live up to the cool innovation of their products? From Wired, Tom Vanderbilt on the future of search. Ben Shipper on the market definition of Google Search. Cade Metz on how Google and Facebook will make the leap to lightspeed. Do LOLcats date back to the Middle Ages? That's the case philologist Nicole Eddy is trying to make. Tales of the Old Wild Web: Gather 'round, little ether-lads and digi-lassies, and let grandpa tell you about the cyberdays of old.
From TAP, Daniel T. Rodgers on the past, reclaimed from Right-wing myth: Now can we get to work saving the future? The L-word makes a comeback: Not long ago, Republicans used "liberal" as an epithet, Democrats hid from it, and conflict-averse news outlets avoided it — that's changed. The last liberal: Some say Joe Lieberman turned his back on his fellow Democrats, but as the Connecticut senator retires, it seems, in retrospect, that American liberals changed, not him. Who are you calling a liberal? If Obama is liberalism's standard bearer, liberalism's in bad shape. Left 3.0: Tod Lindberg on Obama and the emergence of a newer left. Can liberals get a witness? Claude S. Fischer examines the left's estrangement from religion and the political and social problems it raises. Is communism still relevant to American politics?
Diane Reyniers and Richa Bhalla (LSE): Reluctant Altruism and Peer Pressure in Charitable Giving. Against a narcotic culture whose primary desire is stupefaction: Andrea Scrima interviews Rainer J. Hanshe, founder of Contra Mundum Press. Steve Danziger reviews Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg. From Geocurrents, Asya Pereltsvaig on the geography of the “onion” vocabulary. A failure of imagination: Hillary Kelly on why Bookish and other recommendation engines fall short. Will Self on the joy of armchair anthropology. Liam Jones interviews Anthony Paul Smith, author of Ecologies of Thought: Thinking Nature in Philosophy, Theology, and Ecology. Was that cheating? Research suggests perceptions vary by sex, attachment anxiety, and behavior. Mark Carrigan reviews Think Tanks in America by Thomas Medvetz.
Laramie D. Taylor (UC-Davis): Male Partner Selectivity, Romantic Confidence, and Media Depictions of Partner Scarcity. Sarudzayi M. Matambanadzo (Tulane): Embodying Vulnerability: A Feminist Theory of the Person. Deborah L. Brake (Pittsburgh): Wrestling with Gender: Constructing Masculinity by Refusing to Wrestle Women. The myth of women’s ascendance: Philip N. Cohen reviews Liza Mundy’s The Richer Sex and Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men. Dafne Muntanyola-Saura reviews Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science. Stephanie Fairyington on the lonely existence of Mel Feit, men's-rights advocate. Lakshmi Sarah interviews Carmen G. Gonzalez, editor of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. How to help feminism: Jagdish Bhagwati on how men should do more — and women too.
A new issue of No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice is out. Ivan Garzon Vallejo (La Sabana): Public Reason, Secularism, and Natural Law. Ruy Teixeira reviews What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last. Camilla Mortensen on everything you ever wanted to know about ducks. Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones on privatized prisons: A human marketplace. The surprising rationale for America's extremist drug laws, from 1875 to the present: An excerpt from Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge by Frederic Block. Kim E. Nielsen on her book A Disability History of the United States. Felix Clay on 4 situations that make white people feel racist. Reeve Armstrong on the illusion of progress: Are we truly accelerating, or heading towards extinction?
A new issue of Essays in Philosophy is out. Maren Behrensen (LIU): Can the Amoralist Be Your Friend? Bruno Guindon (McGill): Buck-Passers and Thick Reasons. Brent G. Kyle (ASAF): How Are Thick Terms Evaluative? Thom Brooks (Durham): Philosophy Unbound: The Idea of Global Philosophy. Lisa N Guenther on reading Plato on death row. Jonathan Simmons reviews Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans. “Wad Some Power The Giftie Gie Us”: Tim Madigan takes up a very gentlemanly system of morals. “Philosophy has lost its way”: Mark C. Taylor on his book Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo. Katie Steckles on Principia Mathematica, the Musical. A previously unrecognized moral principle was discovered last week at the University of Mesa.
Christopher J. Lebron (Yale): The Political Significance of Blame. Since its publication in 2010 and its recent translation into French, Timothy Snyder’s book, Bloodlands, has attracted many comments from historians; Jacques Semelin provides an overview of the recent criticisms leveled at the book, and the debates it fostered. Nomencracy: Surnames offer depressing clues to the extent of social mobility over generations. Liza Mundy on the strange history of the birth certificate: How these seemingly innocuous documents cause so much trouble. Steven Pearlstein on the US Airways-American merger and the end of an era of airline consolidation. Can you will yourself happier?
A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America is out, including Philip Kitzberger (UTDT): The Media Politics of Latin America’s Leftist Governments. Roberto Gargarella examines the strong tradition of social-rights constitutionalism in Mexico and Latin America and why its promise hasn't been fulfilled. The end of the Latin American Left: Will Hugo Chavez’s revolution die with him? (and more on Chavez). Manifesto of Isla del Sol: Evo Morales on ten commandments against capitalism, for life and humanity (and more on the promises and challenges of Bolivia’s socialist government). Mark Dinneen reviews Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed by Larry Rohter. The widow fears a coup: Did Kirchnerismo and the Argentinian opposition both betray their social ideals? Literature and revolution in Latin America: Dan La Botz reviews Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America by Enrique Krauze.
From the Claremont Review of Books, upon further review: A discussion of political extremism. From The Immanent Frame, a special series on the new evangelicals, the growing group that has “left the right”. A concept promulgated by the right — the notion of the hidden prosperity of the poor — underpins the conservative take on the ongoing debate over rising inequality. Can the Republicans be saved from obsolescence? To drag the G.O.P. into the 21st century, young, tech-savvy dissidents may have to overthrow their party’s disconnected old guard. Amy J. Binder and Kate Wood on how national advocates encourage conservative activism on America’s college campuses. What do campus conservatives reveal about the modern-day GOP? A case study in the right sabotaging its own cultural criticism, starring National Review contributors.