From The American Conservative, Howard Ahmanson on the old regionalism vs. the new cosmopolitan hyper-localism. Just looking at map of Maryland makes it clear it's one of the most poorly-designed states. Each tree and farm, street and courthouse of Casey Cep’s home county rests on shallow-buried stories of slavery and Civil War. Zack Beauchamp on how the South really is different — and it’s because of race. Best of all possible worlds: An effort to kickstart urban renewal in Evansville, Indiana, leads residents to take sides and artists to consider the social implications of their work. Jim Russell on the Rust Belt allure of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: How do you attract world-class talent living the dream in California to a gritty city obliterated by the shadow of New York? Keep your cool, New York and L.A.: Sommer Mathis on how the millennials flocking to D.C. redefine “hip”. Whole Foods is the Lewis and Clark of gentrification: Someone has to explore a place first and put it on your mental map. Appalachia used to be simply scary — now its hipness is frightening. Why are so many counties trying to secede from their states? Claire Suddath wants to know. Patrick Buchanan on how the spirit of secession sweeps the red states. Five of 11 Colorado counties vote in favor of secession. Nate Cohn on the 61 States of America: If all those state secession movements got their way, America would look like this map. Josh Levin on the United Sports of America: If each state could have only one sport, what would it be?
Kaja Tretjak (SUNY Buffalo): Opportunity and Danger: Why Studies of the Right are Crucial for U.S. Anthropology and Beyond. From Mother Jones, a special section on data privacy. Matt Taibbi on how Chase isn't the only bank in trouble. Not so unprecedented: Randall Kelso reviews Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare by Professor Josh Blackman. Brian Beutler on how the media is blowing the Obamacare rollout. Russell Brand calls for overhaul of current democratic system in Guardian op-ed (and a special issue of New Statesman edited by Brand). Manuel Roig-Franzia on the rise of Alicia Menendez, a voice for the millennials. Al Gore predicts lawmakers will rein in surveillance. Let's face it, Bloomberg's legacy is terrible. Ian MIllhiser on how the Tenth Amendment is dead as a national political issue. Thomas Nadelhoffer will create an open-access, peer-reviewed, on-line philosophy journal called Philosophical Exchanges. John H. Zammito on the Nagel flap and Mind and Cosmos. How has scandal-ridden Rob Ford become so popular? A political scientist explains. Judd Legum 5 things Rob Ford has done that are worse than smoking crack. Jonathan Chait on four problems with Chris Christie 2016. That thing where you're a relatively high-level professional who can't help but think you don't deserve to be where you are? It's called impostor syndrome. Go hack yourself: Samir Chopra interviewed by Richard Marshall.
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.