Jean-Louis Marin-Lamellet (Lyon): What’s the Matter with Benjamin O. Flower? Populism, Antimonopoly Politics and the “Paranoid Style” at the Turn of the Century. JFK conspiracy theories are alive and well, according to Gallup poll. Fifty years after JFK’s assassination, another wave of conspiracy theories has arrived — little-known professor John McAdams has spent his last 20 years fighting the skeptics. Fred Kaplan on why the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny. Fifty years later after the JFK assassination, a complicit media still covers up for the security state — we need to reclaim our history. Who killed JFK? Fifty years on, slew of new books add fuel to conspiracy fire. Conspiracy theorists aren’t really skeptics: William Saletan on the fascinating psychology of people who know the real truth about JFK, UFOs, and 9/11 (and more). John Cassidy writes a word in favor of JFK conspiracy theories. Adam Gopnik on the assassination of JFK, fifty years later (and a response by Josh Ozersky on the big problem with calling people "conspiracy theorists"). Photos show Kennedy hatred in 1960s Dallas looks a lot like Obama hatred today. Skeptics gone wild: Saul Elbein on navigating America’s conspiracy theory culture. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on the truly paranoid style in American politics. Joe Coscarelli interviews Alex Jones, America’s leading (and proudest) conspiracy theorist. Five things they don’t want you to know: Jesse Walker on the myths about the paranoid tales we tell.
Arvind Magesan (Calgary) and Eik Leong Swee (Melbourne): Is Happiness Really a Warm Gun? The Political Consequences of US Weapons Sales. From Boston Review, what are radicals good for? Lindsey Gilbert interviews George Scialabba, author of For the Republic. Is ObamaCare actually too conservative for Americans? Peter Weber wonders. From TNR, a series of articles on JFK. The avalanche of books marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination is both too much and not enough. Jill Abramson on Kennedy, the elusive president (and more). Adam Clymer on how the President Kennedy students learn about today is not their grandparents’ JFK (and more). Here is a stabilized, interpolated, panoramic footage of JFK's assassination. Do you really remember where you were when JFK was shot? Jason Zengerle on the race that broke the Cheney family: What happened when a gay sister came between Liz Cheney and a Senate seat. Ezra Klein on nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal (and more and more). Sarah Binder on what the Senate will be like when the nuclear dust settles. Jonathan Chait on why Democrats partially nuked the filibuster. Imaginary Jews: Anthony Grafton on the strange history of antisemitism in Western culture. Tyler Malone interviews Simon Critchley, co-author (with Jamieson Webster) of Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine. Rob Horning on games of truth and Foucault.
From Buzzfeed, why Twitter just turned itself inside out: Clicking is dead, scrolling is king — John Herrman on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the fight for the ultimate feed. Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online; Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on A Small World, the socialite network. If you plug Twitter into a digital avatar, can you live forever? BJ Mendelson on how to get a Wikipedia page and make it stick. What did you used to do with all the time you're now spending online? The Thought Catalog revolution: Daniel D-Addarion on how trolling took over the Internet. Evan Williams, who helped create companies like Blogger and Twitter, is setting his sights on longer-form writing with a new blogging platform, Medium. Socialize social media: A manifesto, by Benjamin Kunkel. Where does your Wikipedia donation go? Outgoing chief Sue Gardner warns of potential corruption. JD Rucker on how the death of Digg still lingers for former power users. Jamie Bartlett on 4chan and the role of anonymity in the meme-generating cesspool of the web. Riding the hashtag in social media marketing: Gary Vaynerchuk, a social media marketer, pounces on any trend — tweeted or otherwise — in his quest to sell, sell, sell. Maria Konnikova on the psychology of online comments. A math genius with dementia took his own life, but he left behind this website. Eric Limer on 11 of the weirdest sites on the Internet.