Elizabeth Dale (Florida): From Opera to Real Democracy: Popular Constitutionalism and Web 2.0. Helen Zerlina Margetts, Peter John, Scott A. Hale, and Stephane Reissfelder (Oxford): Leadership Without Leaders? Starters and Followers in Online Collective Action. Gema M. Garcia Albacete (UAM) and Yannis Theocharis, Will Lowe, and Jan W. Van Deth (Mannheim): Social Media Mobilisation as a Prompt for Offline Participation? Analysing Occupy Wall Street Twitterers’ Offline Engagement with the Movement. Sara El-Khalili (AUC): Social Media as a Government Propaganda Tool in Post-revolutionary Egypt. Tom Slee on Identity, Institutions, and Uprisings: There is a theoretical side to the “Facebook Revolution” debate about the role of digital technologies in the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprisings, and it boils down to two ways of looking at things: the micro and the macro.
Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel (Yale): Backlash to the Future? From Roe to Perry. From Harper’s, we need a shadow CBO: Jeff Madrick on the trouble with the Congressional Budget Office’s long-term budget projections. The military's Chicken Littles want you to think the sky is falling — don't believe them: America has never been safer. Mary and the Zombies: Is a purely physical, scientific account of subjective experience possible? How adulthood is like high school all over again: Michelle Van Loon on why Churches need to recognize the awkward teenager inside each of us. Of lawyers and salesmen: What's the difference between a vacuum cleaner salesman and a politician? Jerry Brito on the promise and the pitfalls of White House petitions. Daphne Liddle on the significance of Stalingrad: 19 November 1942 is the most important date in the world history of anti-fascist struggle and arguably the most important date in human history so far.
A new issue of InterActions is out. Victor Pitsoe and Moeketsi (South Africa): Foucault’s Discourse and Power: Implications for Instructionist Classroom Management. From Education Review, Rebecca Tarlau on Freire in theory and practice: A review essay on Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife by James Kirylo; Oded Gurantz reviews Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change In Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg; Kevin Currie-Knight reviews The American Model of State and School by Charles L. Glenn; and Stephanie Cawthon reviews Schooling in the Workplace: How Six of the World's Best Vocational Education Systems Prepare Young People for Jobs and Life by Nancy Hoffman. Felix Salmon on how to get people excited about education. Why do Eastern and Western kids learn differently? John Cheese on 5 pieces of advice every high school graduate should get.
Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Originalism V. Burkeanism: A Dialogue over Recess. From Aeon, the ecology of Pooh: Adults may feel exiled from the intensity and sweetness of childhood places — but perhaps there are surprising ways home; and they were mouldy, unread and long out of date — so why did Julian Baggini feel so bad about burning his Britannicas? Scott McLemee remembers Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History — A Play in Three Acts by C.L.R. James. Washington is not the wealthiest area in America: The press would have you believe it is, but the statistics tell a different story. The father of all men is 340,000 years old: We had thought that all men share a common male ancestor who lived within the last 140,000 years, but one African American man has broken the mould. Sarah Williams Goldhagen on the revolution at your community library: New media, new community centers.
Elizabeth L. Hillman (UC-Hastings): Outing the Costs of Civil Deference to the Military. Forgetting we’re at war: Wendy Christensen on the gap between U.S. civilians and the military. Fundamentalist forces: Rob Boston on a new report that highlights ongoing church-state problems in America's military. The frontlines of feminism: Is the end of the combat exclusion rule a win for all women? Wanted: PhDs who can win a bar fight — how to reform the Pentagon for “light footprint” interventions. Gabriella Blum on the new model Army: Tiny weapons that creep and crawl and think for themselves — this is our future. Military Moneyball: Everyone is applying the lessons from Michael Lewis's book — even U.S. forces. Ever wonder what a Navy SEAL has in his survival kit in case he finds himself stranded in enemy territory?