Javier Sajuria (UCL): Is the Internet Changing Our Conception of Democracy? An Analysis of the Internet Use During Protests and its Effect on the Perception of Democracy. Hadas Eyal (Hebrew): The Proof is in the Pudding: Putting Digital Technology to the Test — Political Movements and Success in the Competitive Political Communication Arena. Vasilis Kostakis (Tallinn) and Stelios Stavroulakis (P2P Lab): The Parody of the Commons. David Golumbia (VCU): Cyberlibertarianism: The Extremist Foundations of “Digital Freedom”. Eli Dourado on reinterpreting cyberlibertarianism in light of its failures. The tech intellectuals: Henry Farrell on the good, bad, and ugly among our new breed of cyber-critics, and the economic imperatives that drive them. Are tech entrepreneurs replacing Wall Streeters as the rich bad guys in the popular imagination? Noreen Malone on how popular culture has soured on Silicon Valley's hotshots. From Dissent, Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington. Bryce Emley on how Google flushes knowledge down the toilet: Search engine optimization is filling the Internet with misinformation about human bathroom habits and more. Mira Burri reviews Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age by Ian Brown and Christopher T. Marsden. The Internet is a human right: Increasingly, it looks like one of those things we human need to ensure a healthy, meaningful life is the internet (and more). Joshua Kopstein on how Silk Road, the eBay of illegal drugs, came undone.
Michael G. Bennett (Northeastern): The Apocalyptic Presidential Right of Publicity. Noel B. Salazar (Leuven): Imagineering Otherness: Anthropological Legacies in Contemporary Tourism. Daniel Luzer on the lives of dictators’ wives: The fancy clothes and charitable works aren’t incidental — the dictator’s spouse is an important part of maintaining power. Kathleen Biddick reviews Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation by Zrinka Stahuljak. Kevin Drum on how we were sold an economy-killing lie once again, the Beltway fell for cherry-picked data — and you paid the price. What's killing poor white women? For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise, but not for uneducated white women — they have lost five years, and no one knows why. Eric Schlosser: If we don't slash our nukes, a major city is going to be destroyed. Louis Menand reviews Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser. Katie Roiphe on the Philosopher and the Student: Was the saga of Colin McGinn really a clear-cut case of sexual harassment? Joshua Tucker on how political scientists are taking advantages of new tools and sources of data to study politics in new and exciting ways. Erik Wemple on Mike Allen, Politico and “Morning Joe”: Inseparable. James Hamblin on how what we eat affects everything. Captures the times: Man brandishes gun on San Francisco train, riders absorbed in their phones don't notice, gunman randomly kills a university student.
Christopher Baylor (Holy Cross): “Building Blocs”: The Group Origins of Cultural Conservatism in the Republican Party. Daniel A. Farber (UC-Berkeley): The Thirty Years War Over Federal Regulation. Ethan Porter (Chicago): The Consumer Logic of Anti-Government Antagonism. From Democracy Corps, Stan Greenberg, James Carville, and Erica Seifert go inside the GOP: Report on focus groups with Evangelical, Tea Party, and moderate Republicans. Rick Perlstein on thinking like a conservative: Mass shootings and gun control, biding time on voting rights, and shutting down the government. James Surowiecki on the business end of Obamacare: Will the Affordable Care Act hurt the economy? Makers, takers, and the real immoral behavior: Mark Thoma on how inexcusable Republican tactics endanger the economy. Can business take the Republican Party back from the Tea Party? The left thinks business controls the Republican Party — they’re wrong: An interview with Theda Skocpol, author of The Tea Party and the Remaking of American Conservatism. Meet the “Newest Right”: Michael Lind on how Tea Party radicalism is misunderstood. Bruce Bartlett on how this government shutdown will defeat the GOP in 2014. Noam Scheiber on why a short-term debt limit increase would be a disaster. Sean Wilentz on Obama and the debt: Despite what the president says, he has the power to avoid a debt default. Josh Marshall on why there's no escape hatch. Let's call the shutdown what it is: Secession by another means.