Ruth Irwin (AUT): Welcome to the Anthropocene. Christopher Cox (Portland State): Orthodox Sovereignty and Oligopoly Capital in the Decline of Anthropocene Man. From Discover, Tom Yulsman on scenes from the Anthropocene: The polar paradox (and part 2); on a visual journey to the Anthropocene; and on the art of the Anthropocene: A Mondrianesque depiction, the Scythe, and the sound of ice melting. If there is one tenet for conservation biologists and environmentalists to live by in the age of the Anthropocene, it would be this pearl of wisdom from the ecologist Daniel Botkin. From Generation Anthropocene, historian, author, and urban park ranger Jenny Price makes her case for throwing out the well-tread “save the planet” mantra. The term Anthropocene not only doesn’t help us stop this culture from killing the planet — it contributes directly to the problems it purports to address; can I suggest, “The Age of the Sociopath”?
Paul A. Gowder Jr. (Iowa): Equal Law in an Unequal World. With nearly limitless funds from the Qatari royals and plans to hire up to 700 staffers, Al Jazeera America will launch in 45 million U.S. homes in July, but it needs a star and a clean slate, says David Freedlander. Maggie Koerth-Baker sheds light on the Black Death. 18 academic papers about '90s TV shows: If we can learn about the ancient Romans by studying their drinking songs, surely we can learn about ourselves by studying our TV shows. Land of the K, Home of the W: Frank Jacobs on America's radio nations. The American mind: Sam Tanenhaus on how the historian Garry Wills has written better than anybody else about modern America. Rats in a maze: Wayne Curtis on how walking shapes our minds — maybe. Pauli Poisuo the 4 worst things people are making with 3D printers.
Claudio Corradetti (Oslo): The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory. Caroline Kamau (Birkbeck): On Erich Fromm: Why He Left the Frankfurt School. Daniel Chernilo (Loughborough): Jurgen Habermas: Modern Social Theory as Postmetaphysical Natural Law. Kevin Anderson (UCSB): Resistance versus Emancipation: Foucault, Marcuse, Marx, and the Present Moment. From Ceasefire, in the first instalment of a new eight-part series, Andrew Robinson introduces Walter Benjamin and Critical Theory. From The Guardian’s How To Believe blog series, Peter Thompson on the Frankfurt school (part 1 and part 2 and part 3). Piotr Stalmaszczyk reviews Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction by Finn Bowring. Peg Birmingham reviews Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations. Jade Montserrat reviews Adorno Reframed by Geoffrey Boucher. You can download Critical Theory and Social Justice, ed. Alessandro Pinzani and Milene Consenso Tonetto.
Adam Hosein (Colorado): Immigration and Freedom of Movement. Do we wear masks? To say we are only ourselves in one situation is as nonsensical as saying water is only itself when liquid. Monika Krause reviews Think Tanks in America by Thomas Medvetz. Is speaking English a civic duty? Ingrid Piller wonders. Artem Kaznatcheev on games, culture, and the Turing test (and part 2). Alexander Nazaryan reviews One Nation Under Stress: The Trouble With Stress as an Idea by Dana Becker. John Heilpern interviews Andrew Sullivan: One of America’s top political voices takes a big gamble with his Daily Dish. U.S. out of Vermont: Move over, Texas — in the Green Mountain State, it’s leftists who want to secede. Eudaimonia in America: Robert T. Miller on a pragmatic defense of American liberalism in response to Alasdair MacIntyre and Patrick Deneen.
Gabriel J. Michael (GWU): Anarchy and Property Rights in the Virtual World: How Disruptive Technologies Undermine the State and Ensure that the Virtual World Remains a “Wild West”. From The Baffler, the meme hustler: Evgeny Morozov on Tim O’Reilly’s crazy talk (and more and more and more and more and more on Evgeny Morozov's To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism). With Google Glass, predictive analytics get intimately personal, shaping behavior by overwriting the reality wearers perceive. Keith Kleiner interviews Ray Kurzweil on his first two months at Google. Were the Luddites right? Ronald Bailey on smart machines and the prospect of technological unemployment. David Pescovitz interviews Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock. Robert C. Scharff reviews Ethics in Technology: A Philosophical Study by Topi Heikkero.