From The Daily Dot, now 10 years old, 4chan is the most important site you never visit (and more); and Cooper Fleishman on 4chan's 10 most important contributions to society; Aaron Sankin on how libertarian philosophy drove the Web's biggest black market; Chase Hoffberger writes in defense of Silk Road; and Patrick Howell O'Neill on how this is not the end of the Deep Web. Matt Buchanan on advertising and the end of Instagram's sincerity. Simon Owens on the battle to destroy Wikipedia's biggest sockpuppet army. BuzzFeed's brazen, nutty, growth plan: Until recently, BuzzFeed's global ambitions were held in check because its "listicles" are in English — but now, the posts will be translated by foreign-language learners. Farhad Manjoo on how the Facebook News Feed changed everything — media, advertising, politics, and us. Natalia Rojas has mapped the profile photos of Facebook's 1,267,191,915 (and counting) users on just one web page. Tim Sampson on why Twitter can't win its war on spam. This tool lets you stalk Twitter users to teach them a lesson about privacy. All is fair in love and Twitter: Nick Bilton on the sweet, innocent ideas and ruthless power plays that created Twitter. Two-hit wonder: Jack Dorsey, of Twitter, is now making big money at Square — and is out to prove that he’s more than a lucky man. Walter Frick on how Twitter’s leadership drama explains its success.
David Gamage (UC-Berkeley) and David Louk (Yale): Government Shutdowns, the New Fiscal Politics, and the Case for Default Budgets. From Vanity Fair, a special section on The New Establishment 2013: 50 Titans Disrupting Media, Technology, and Culture. Sarah Binder on deal-making in a polarized Congress. An interview with Adrian Tomine, artist of everyone’s favorite New Yorker covers. Joe Coscarelli on how Robert Costa became the golden boy of the government shutdown. Art Brodsky on the abomination of ebooks: They price people out of reading. Ezra Klein on eight questions that will decide whether Obamacare is a success. Breaking black: Zachary Roth on the right-wing plot to split a school board. Stop blaming the tea party, it’s the moderate Republicans’ fault — they could have ended the shutdown at any time. The secret of scale: Peter Murray on how powerful civic organizations like the NRA and AARP build membership, make money, and sway public policy. Obama beat the hostage-takers — now he has to fight the fiscal scolds: Alec MacGillis on the fecklessness of Washington's professional budget alarmists. If He Hollers Let Him Go: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the political, personal, and familial reasons for Dave Chappelle’s return home to Yellow Springs, Ohio. Gordon Wood and Scott D. Gerber debate the Supreme Court and the uses of history. “Jolly Old Law”: Christa Rautenbach on the sex worker who sued her pimp for unfair dismissal. Henry Farrell on why Glenn Greenwald’s new media venture is a big deal. RIP: Norm Geras.
From Scottish Left Review, a special issue on “A Year to Go”. Alyson JK Bailes and Baldur Thorhallsson (Iceland) and Rachael Lorna Johnstone (Akureyri): Scotland as an Independent Small State: Where Would It Seek Shelter? Joel Mokyr (Northwestern) and Morgan Kelly and Cormac O'Grada (UCD): Precocious Albion: A New Interpretation of the British Industrial Revolution. From Soundings, Stuart Hall and Alan O’Shea on common-sense neoliberalism. From Renewal, beyond living with capitalism: Duncan Weldon on the Labour Party, macroeconomics, and political economy since 1994; and Ben Jackson and Martin O’Neill interview Jacob Hacker on the politics of predistribution. Why did a British tabloid call Ed Miliband’s dad an evil, Jewish Marxist “who hated Britain”’? (and more) From Prospect, David Herman on Ralph Miliband — it’s complicated; and on why the Daily Mail is not antisemitic: These pieces add up to a vicious slur on a dead man, but they are not antisemitic, and in these darkening times, we should not be too quick to cry wolf; Jessica Abrahams on how to dress like a political wife; and Serena Kutchinsky on why it’s time to ban Bridget Jones. Clive Martin on reasons London is the worst place ever. How British are you? Media Mole solves your national identity crisis. What do you see when you look at England? Charles Moore reviews England’s 100 Best Views by Simon Jenkins. Is Great Britain really a “small island”? Anna Meisel investigates.