Stephen M. Caliendo, Suzanne Chod, and William Muck (North Central College): If We Can't Reach 'EM, Maybe Mayor @Corybooker Can: Using Twitter to Increase Political Interest Among Introduction to American Government Students. Libby Hemphill, Aron Culotta, and Matthew Heston (IIT): Framing in Social Media: How the US Congress Uses Twitter Hashtags to Frame Political Issues. Ben Epstein (DePaul): From the Fireside Chats to the First Political Tweet: The Origin and Diffusion of Political Communication Innovations from the Radio to the Internet. Andrew Roback and Libby Hemphill (IIT): How Constituents Lobby Members of Congress on Twitter. Tetsuro Kobayashi (NII) and Yu Ichifuji (ROIS): Tweets that Matter: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in Japan. Jana Marie (Hutchinson) Bridwell (Emory): Twitter, Texting, and Street Demonstrations: Assessing Social Media's Political Relevance for Citizen Empowerment. Anne L. Washington and David Morar (George Mason), Fernando Parra (UTEP), and Jason Thatcher and Kyle LePrevost (Clemson): What is the Correlation between Twitter, Polls and the Popular Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election? David Carr on campaign journalism in the age of Twitter. Did Twitter kill the “boys on the bus”? Peter Hamby on searching for a better way to cover a campaign. Who do members of Congress follow on Twitter? Dan Amira investigates. Why hasn't Twitter replaced email in politics? Colin Delany wonders.


Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL), Ed Diener (Illinois), Louis Tay (Purdue), and Cody Xuereb (LSE): The Objective Benefits of Subjective Well-Being. It's dismissed out of hand by some as the preserve of "geeks" with latex swords, but those who love live-action role-play describe it as a form of interactive storytelling, writes Peter Ray Allison. Charles Seife writes an open letter to his former NSA colleagues: Mathematicians, why are you not speaking out? The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, the sequel to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, “sees the reunion of brilliant philosopher Slavoj Zizek with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, now using their inventive interpretation of moving pictures to examine ideology — the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices”. What does the G20 actually do? Susan Harris Rimmer explains. Critics think Obama has boxed himself in and surrendered executive-branch power to Congress — they’re in for a big surprise. Eric Posner on how Obama is only making his war powers mightier. Molly’s pretty big with the kids these days — so what exactly is all the fuss about? Legal debates over the "big data" revolution currently focus on the risks of inclusion — the privacy and civil liberties consequences of being swept up in big data's net — Jonas Lerman takes a different approach, focusing on the risks of exclusion: the threats big data poses to those whom it overlooks. How did Syria's hacker army suddenly get so good?


Robert C. Power (Widener): The Wire and Alternative Stories of Law and Inequality. Brishen Rogers (Temple): Justice at Work: Minimum Wage Laws and Social Equality. From n+1, how much are they paying you for this shit: Alice Hines on Walmart. From The Brooklyn Quarterly, Rob Goodman analyzes the victories and pitfalls of meritocracy in an era of widening inequality and decreased social mobility; and we need a democratic Great Awakening in America: An interview with Chris Hayes, author of Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. Why can’t democracy trump inequality? Voters of modest means outnumber voters of excessive means in every election, yet public policy in America essentially comforts only the already comfortable — four political scientists have an explanation. Robert Reich on how the US no longer has public services available to all — those who can afford to now look for private alternatives, creating a vicious circle of diminishing revenues and deteriorating quality. From Slate, Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn’t fix New York’s inequality and he probably shouldn’t try: A great mayor needs to focus on the banal day-to-day work of city services, not sweeping national policies; rich whiners complain Bill de Blasio is being mean to them; and bad decisions don’t make you poor, being poor makes for bad decisions: New research shows that worrying about money causes cognitive impairments. Jeff Madrick on America’s jobless generation. What's killing poor white women? Monica Potts on how, for most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise — but not for uneducated white women; they have lost five years, and no one knows why.

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