Ho Fai Chan and Benno Torgler (QUT) and Bruno S. Frey and Jana Gallus (Zurich): Does the John Bates Clark Medal Boost Subsequent Productivity and Citation Success? Ranadeb Chaudhuri and Charles Trzcinka (Indiana), Zoran Ivkovich (Michigan State), and Joshua Matthew Pollet (Illinois): What a Difference a Ph.D. Makes: More than Three Little Letters. The world has changed: Aditya Chakrabortty on how mainstream economics is in denial (and a response). Why study economics? An excerpt from Foundations of Economics by Andrew Gillespie. John Kay on economics in the real world: Most people completing degrees in economics won't have read these books, but they should. Wendy Carlin on how economics explains our world, but economics degrees don’t: The curriculum is increasingly remote from what the experts now know. Actually, economists can predict financial crises. Ingrid Robeyns on economics as a moral science. Economics is inextricably tied to moral behavior, though few economists will say that — it’s time someone did. Kate Bahn on lady economists in an economan's world. Must we reconstruct all of economics? Paul Krugman on new thinking and old books revisited. The next big thing you missed: Marcus Wohlsen on how big-data men David Soloff and Joe Reisinger rewrite government’s tired economic models. Jeroen Van Bouwel on microfoundations and macrofoundations. Jeffrey Sachs on why we need a new macroeconomics. Mark Thoma on how economists can tame irrational exuberance.
From Social Text, Debra Rae Cohen (SC) and Michael Coyle (Colgate): “Police and Thieves”: Citation as Struggle in the Punk Cover Song; and a special dossier on Cruising Utopia to commemorate Jose Esteban Munoz. People who are comfortable with eating meat, should be equally comfortable with killing animals, thinks UK artist John O'Shea. From The Politic, Jacek Oleszczuk interviews Seymour Hersh on Syria, Snowden and Obama. Lifehacking: Steven Poole is against the insufferable cult of productivity. From The Nation, what does the American Studies Association’s Israel boycott mean for academic freedom? Michelle Goldberg investigates (and more by Ari Kelman and more by Alex Lubin). On American campuses, there are two lefts: Michael Kazin on how an idiotic Israel boycott obscures real progress in campus activism. From Vice, James Franco on Richard Prince, Roland Barthes, and remythologizing the myth of the cowboy. Pope must decide what to do with disgraced Legion of Christ movement. The fall of the house of Tsarnaev: A five-month Globe investigation offers new insights into the two suspects in the Marathon bombings and their deeply dysfunctional family. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Mandela and the question of violence: One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms. Ted Cruz manages to get even more repulsive: Joan Walsh on why he's the worst.
Lauren Rhue (NYU): The Pins that Bind: Preference Affirmation, Social Norms, and Networks on Pinterest. Emanuela Todeva (Surrey) and Donka Atanasova Keskinova (Plovdiv): The Studies of Blogs and On-Line Communities: From Information to Knowledge and Action. Andrew Tutt (Yale): The New Speech. Censored by Google: Joel Whitney on how the search giant is becoming the Web’s unofficial policeman. What is “evil” to Google? Ian Bogost on speculations on the company's contribution to moral philosophy. Can Facebook, Twitter and Youtube change the world? Jun Valila reviews The Emerging Role of Social Media in Political and Regime Change by Rita Safranek. Paul Ford on the hidden technology that makes Twitter huge. Jeff Elder goes inside a Twitter robot factory: Fake activity, often bought for publicity purposes, influences trending topics. Shaun Randol interviews Nick Bilton, author of Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal. My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife? Facebook is for grandparents: Jonathan Saragossi on what we need in a next-gen social network. Why are so many social media managers dipshits? Mark Copyranter Duffy wants to know. David Rolph on defamation by social media. From The Kernel, James Cook on the woman trapped on the internet, and on what it’s like to be “YouTube famous”; and Jeremy Wilson on the creepy world of “cappers”, and on the vilest sites on the internet. Is the Internet trustworthy? Chris Syme wonders. Harry Cheadle on how the Internet is a giant lie factory. Hadley Freeman on how the Elan Gale internet hoax sums up all that is rotten about our online lives.