William H. Dutton (Oxford): The Internet of Things. Hacking the Internet of Everything: Soon, nearly every device will be online — that is both a beautiful and a dangerous thing. Jane Chong on whether and how to hold software makers financially liable for the insecurity of their products (in 3 parts). Bruce Schneier on the battle for power on the Internet. Don’t gerrymander the Internet, by Leslie Harris. Marvin Ammori in how we’re about to lose net neutrality — and the Internet as we know it. Hayes Brown on how the NSA leaks could end the Internet as we know it. From NYRB, are we puppets in a wired world? A review essay by Sue Halpern on the Internet. Chandran Nair on five dangers the internet poses to a sustainable world: It's time to slay the sacred cow that the internet is a force only for good. Timothy B. Lee on what you find when you scan the entire Internet in an hour. The price of Internet is too high: For years, we've focused on how fast our Internet is relative to other countries — but maybe a more important metric is price. The Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory (GIFT) is a postulate which asserts that normal, well-adjusted people may display psychopathic or antisocial behaviors when given both anonymity and a captive audience on the Internet. Tom Slee on some obvious things about Internet reputation systems. From Cracked, Ryan Holiday on 6 reasons you really can't believe anything you read online; Felix Clay on 5 terrible things we only know because of the Internet; and Cezary Jan Strusiewicz on 4 new words we need because of the Internet.
Karen Devine (Dublin City): Patriotism and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Longitudinal and Genealogical Study of Public Opinion and Elite Discourses. Alexandra Guisinger (Notre Dame) and Elizabeth N. Saunders (GWU): Mapping the Boundaries of Elite Cues: How Elites Shape Mass Opinion Across International Issues. Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore (GWU): The End of Hypocrisy: American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks. Patrick Smith wants American foreign policy to fail: Drones, wiretapping foreign leaders, NSA out of control — change will only come when our foreign policy truly fails (and more). Ashok Rao on why America has a moral obligation to borrow and spend. The introduction to Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan by Henry R. Nau. Eric Rauchway reviews American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home by Joshua Freeman. Doug Henwood on the decline of the American Empire: Neoliberalism lives and shouldn’t be given a premature obituary, but the American empire has entered a decadent phase. Far from an imperial power, the US has far less influence over the hosts of its overseas bases than commonly assumed. Chris Wilson on how the world is falling out of love with America — again. It was nice while it lasted: Rosa Brooks on the end of America. America the Bystander: Harvard's Ali Wyne explains how misguided perceptions of American decline can lead to misguided decisions of foreign policy. Roger Berkowitz on the canard of decline.
Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): The Solution to Obamacare. Chris Bertram on the term “the taxpayer” as an apparently neutral synonym for “the public”. Atheists and homosexuals were called perverts once — why do we still see perversion where no harm is done? Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson on intellectual motion-sickness: Martha Nussbaum is one of the few philosophers who engages with a broad audience — it’s a shame that her new book is such a mess. Why do poor people “waste” money on luxury goods? Tressie McMillan Cottom investigates. A bunch of proposed laws would regulate government snoops — Raffaela Wakeman on a guide to which is which. How much are we willing to pay for the pursuit of happiness? Benjamin Radcliff suggests that social programs produce a happier population. Carl H. Klaus offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona in A Self Made of Words: Crafting a Distinctive Persona in Nonfiction Writing — Scott McLemee looks behind the mask. Intimations of Mortality: Death never lets us down — not even writing about death decreases the fear of it. Rogue researcher has “evidence” that the kraken really existed: What does it take to get your sea monster theory taken seriously these days? Jo Stewart on how there’s no God in Antarctica. Rules for spies: America will not and should not stop spying — but a clearer focus and better oversight are needed to restore trust.
Brian Soucek (UC-Davis): Perceived Homosexuals: Looking Gay Enough for Title VII. Nancy J. Knauer (Temple): Identity/Time. From Polari, Christopher Bryant interviews R.B. Parkinson, author of A Little Gay History (and more). Have we got Matthew Shepard all wrong? A new book argues that America’s most notorious hate crime was not a hate crime at all. David Peisner on Alan Chambers, the man behind the historic implosion of the ex-gay movement. Audra Schroeder on how gay blogger Michael Rogers is tweeting politicians out of the closet. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler showed Natalie Hanman the transformative power of the word queer. Mobeen Azhar on gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult. Peter Drucker reviews Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman. Dystropia: Troy Farah on why the sassy gay friend isn't progressive. Nathaniel Frank on how gays are winning the right to the word "marriage", thanks to the DOMA ruling. Sally R. Munt reviews Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America by Colin R. Johnson. LGBPTTQQIIAA+: Emily Zak on how we got here from gay. The case for hate speech: Jonathan Rauch on how Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and Orson Scott Card have advanced the cause of gay rights. Alice Dreger on the old way to be gay: Are gay male couples a new thing, evolutionarily speaking? Sexual liberation, human freedom: Doug Ireland on how this century’s LGBTQ liberation movement must be part of a broader project to redefine human freedom.
Agnar Sandmo (NHH): The Principal Problem in Political Economy: Income Distribution in the History of Economic Thought. Onur Ulas Ince (Koc): Imperial Origins of the “National Economy”. Torben M. Andersen (Aarhus) and Joydeep Bhattacharya (Iowa State): The Intergenerational Welfare State. Christopher Krogslund (UC-Berkeley): Debt and Taxes: Re-examining the Causes of Welfare State Retrenchment. Balazs Egert (OECD): The 90% Public Debt Threshold: The Rise and Fall of a Stylised Fact. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): The Politics of Public Debt: Neoliberalism, Capitalist Development, and the Restructuring of the State. Volkmar Gessner (Bremen): Weberian Versus Pluralistic Legal Forces in the Global Political Economy. Edward S. Cohen (Westminster): Legal Pluralism, Private Power, and the Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Global Political Economy. Hossein Nabilou (EUR): Global Governance of Financial Institutions and Regulatory Arbitrage: The Case of Hedge Funds. We can’t go on like this: Serge Halimi on five years after the great crash. From The Economist, a special section on the world economy, including Grep Ip on the gated globe: The forward march of globalisation has paused since the financial crisis, giving way to a more conditional, interventionist and nationalist model. Never mind the generals, here come the technocrats: Voters across the world increasingly prefer technocrats to run affairs — why are they so popular?
Orna Ben-Naftali and Zvi H. Triger (COLMAS): The Human Conditioning: International Law and Science-Fiction. From The Appendix, a special issue on the history of sound. Evan R. Goldstein on the would-be philosopher-king: Michael Ignatieff left Harvard and reinvented himself as a politician — a surreal rise and dizzying fall ensued. From TPM, a special report by Dylan Scott on how insurers are hiding Obamacare benefits from customers. Could Obamacare be abolished by a peaceful, well organized protest movement? Obamacare “victim” now says loss of previous health plan may be “a blessing in disguise”: Dianne Barrette was the media's go-to example of an Obamacare victim — until she found out all of her options. Francis Fukuyama on why we need a new Pendleton Act: The botched rollout of healthcare.gov shows why the US desperately needs reform of its public sector. Experts see nuclear power as aid for global warming. How often you say “I” says more than you realize. When Obama lost the first debate so badly to Mitt Romney, his team was worried but not panicked; the real fear kicked in a little later — “if we don’t fix this,” said adviser David Plouffe, “we could lose the whole election.” You may think you know how gross Kirk Cameron is, but unless you saw his latest “movie”, Unstoppable, you have no idea. Jesus runs New York Marathon with cross-strapped to back. Floating island of Japan's tsunami debris headed for U.S.
From The New York Observer, as we approach the end of the Bloomberg mayoralty, it is stunning to realize the scope of his impact on the city. From The New Yorker, John Cassidy on Bill de Blasio’s liberalism. The 99% Mayor: Bill de Blasio’s promise may also be his problem. From Brooklyn Magazine, Kristin Iversen on the economics of being a Brooklyn writer: or writing has become a privileged profession; on ten Brooklyn writers and how they write; on 10 of the best places to write in Brooklyn; and on 10 books to read in 10 Brooklyn bars; here is a real life tour of 10 fictional Brooklyn places and a look at the 10 most classic Brooklyn novels; and Virginia K. Smith on 30 essential literary Twitter feeds and on how to eat (and drink) your way through Literary Brooklyn. New York’s foremost java expert Oliver Strand explains how we got to $5 single-brews and $75-a-pound beans, and just where the heck we’re going next. Jim Russell on hipster demography and gentrification: Stop blaming young people for rent hikes in Brooklyn. From Narrative.ly, from an unassuming Midtown Manhattan office, seventy-eight-year-old conservative thinker John Leo challenges the left wing's dominant grip on American universities; and Alex Wilkinson on the conservative next door: Unabashedly proud Reaganite Rosanne Klass retires to the Upper West Side, and revels in scaring the neighbors with her contrarian political views. Sune Engel Rasmussen on the rise and fall of New York imam Shamsi Ali.
From Vanity Fair, Kurt Eichenwald on the truth about Obamacare and how it solves the suffering of the insured. Colin Gordon on the irony and limits of the Affordable Care Act. Dylan Scott on what really happens to people whose insurance is “canceled” because of Obamacare (and more). Jonathan Chait on why letting everyone keep their health-care plan is a terrible idea. Why not just postpone the launch? Garance Franke-Ruta on why it's too late to delay Obamacare (and more). Kevin Drum on the lesson of Obamacare: Sabotage works. Alan Wolfe on the paranoid style, then and now: Can Richard Hofstadter's insights of a half-century ago help us understand today's radical right? Cass Sunstein how the Alger Hiss case explains the Tea Party. The strategies pursued by Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could help determine whether the Tea Party remains at war with the GOP establishment or is eventually integrated. What if progressives took a page from the Tea Party? Bhaskar Sunkara wonders. Elizabeth Drew on Tom Foley and Washington: When decency prevailed. Robert W. Merry on the slow death of American democracy. From Salon, sorry, Jon Stewart, you’re not “just a comedian”: The Daily Show needs to stop pretending he's simply another late-night jokester — and own his real influence; and lazy pundits “double down” on “game-changing” “narratives”: Thomas Frank on how the political media's non-stop “debates” poison democracy because “thinkers” speak in empty, exhausted cliches. 25 years later, “The Simpsons” is still one of television’s premier political pundits, at least as far as U.S. presidents are concerned.
From Comparative Literature and Culture, a special issue on literacy and society, culture, media, and education. Peter S. Menell (UC-Berkeley): This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-Equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age. The introduction to Enigmas of Identity by Peter Brooks. Willing the impossible: An interview with Judith Butler, author of Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism. Greenland opens the door to uranium and rare earths extraction. From the New York Times Book Review, a special issue on books on technology. Steve Fuller on how Right and Left are fading away — the real question in politics will be: do you look to the earth or aspire to the skies? Please stop comparing health insurance to car insurance. You can't learn about morality from brain scans: Thomas Nagel on the problem with moral psychology. Why is it always a white guy: Michael Kimmel on the roots of modern, violent rage. Are things actually looking up in the Middle East? Patrick Smith wonders. Goodbye to romance: What comes after a dream writing job? Destroying the right to be left alone: Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood on how the NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete. From Slate, an investigation of all things cool. The first book in the subfield of Hello Kitty studies, Pink Globalization explores Kitty’s kawaiipolitik. Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer — Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.
From Cato Unbound, Terence Kealey on the case against public science. Erin Biba on why the government should fund unpopular science — it's a no-brainer. The STEM crisis is a myth: Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians. Why are there still so few women in science? The answer has more to do with “The Big Bang Theory” than with longstanding theories about men’s so-called natural aptitude. Lauren Rankin on when a black female scientist gets called an “urban whore”. From Citizen Science Quarterly, spare a thought for the scientist. Erin Biba on how the way the U.S. teaches science doesn’t work. How well do mature and emerging nations capitalize on science? Hundreds of open access journals, including those published by industry giants Sage, Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer, have accepted a fake scientific paper in a sting operation that reveals the “contours of an emerging wild west in academic publishing” (and more). From The Economist, trouble at the lab: Scientists like to think of science as self-correcting — to an alarming degree, it is not; and how science goes wrong: Scientific research has changed the world — now it needs to change itself. Kevin Hartnett on defining the difference between real science and pseudoscience. From The New Atlantis, a symposium on science, technology, and religion; science and non-science in liberal education: Harvey C. Mansfield on the confidence of scientists and the need for philosophy; and Raymond Tallis on Thomas Nagel’s defiance of the materialist mainstream.