Will Davies (Warwick): Recovering the Future: The Reinvention of “Social Law”. John Cromby and Martin E.H.Willis (Loughborough): Nudging into Subjectification: Governmentality and Politics. From New Formations, Jeremy Gilbert on what kind of thing is “neoliberalism”; Jo Litter on meritocracy as plutocracy: The marketising of “equality” under neoliberalism; Lucy Potter and Claire Westall on neoliberal Britain’s austerity foodscape: Home economics, veg patch capitalism and culinary temporality; and capitalist realism and neoliberal hegemony: An interview with Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? Roger Scruton on poverty, the market and the state: The most important lesson we can learn from recent history is that putting quality at the top of the agenda won’t eliminate poverty, it might make it more widespread. Those crazy days of “socialism”: Bryn Jones on the 1970s and the strange death of social democracy. George Monbiot on how the real threat to the national interest comes from the rich and powerful. Amelia Gentleman on the £54,000 degree: How well is AC Grayling's college doing? Gerald Pillay reviews Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith by Mathew Guest, Kristin Aune, Sonya Sharma and Rob Warner. We are all the Daily Mail: It took the unfair discrediting of a dead Marxist to finally show people of Britain that the Daily Mail newspaper’s harmful and ill-conceived journalism covered up a deep loathing of the nation it claims to characterize.
From Surveillance and Society, a special issue on Surveillance Texts and Textualism: Truthtelling and Trustmaking in an Uncertain World. Cass Sunstein, a key member of the panel advising Obama about NSA surveillance reform, says Uncle Sam needs to get out of the metadata-storage business. From NYRB, Alice E. Marwick on how your data are being deeply mined. Erik Wemple on MSNBC all day long: Lefty volunteerism, reporting, fluff. George Scialabba reviews Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre, ed. Ronald Aronson and Adrian van den Hoven. Philosophical differences: Volker Hage on the falling-out of Camus and Sartre. Andy Martin on the FBI files on being and nothingness: From 1945 onwards, J Edgar Hoover’s FBI spied on Camus and Sartre — the investigation soon turned into a philosophical inquiry. Is male circumcision a form of genital mutilation? Nadja Sayej wonders. Zach Ford on how Utah federal judge Robert Shelby adeptly dismantled all of the arguments against marriage equality. Alex Pareene on the Presidential Hack List: The POTUS doesn't just love newspaper columnists, he has terrible taste in them — here they are, in order of badness. Nicole Flatow on ten travesties of justice in 2013. Rightbloggers prove they're no sissies by supporting Duck Dynasty, beating up Pajama Boy. “Free speech hypocrites”: Just admit it — your view on items like free speech or the filibuster depends on whatever policy position's at stake.
Timothy J. Demy, Demetri Economos, and Jeffrey M. Shaw (NWC): Historical and Social Constructs of Technology: Contexts and Value for the Contemporary World. Mark Featherstone (Keele): Einstein's Nightmare: On Bernard Stiegler's Techno-Dystopia. Richard Placzek (UWO): The Social Network: Panopticism 2.0. Brad A. Greenberg (Columbia): Tollbooths and Newsstands on the Information Superhighway. Ivar Alberto Hartmann (FGV): A Right to Free Internet? On Internet Access and Social Rights. Maria Farrell on how something changed on the Internet. Phillip Longman on the myth of technology and the death of distance. L. Rhoades on the dwindling potential of digital democracy. Balaji Srinivasan on how software is reorganizing the world. Jathan Sadowski on why pushing people to code will widen the gap between rich and poor. What is it like to work at Amazon? Carole Cadwalladr lands a job in one of its giant warehouses and discovers the human cost of our lust for consumer goods. Deborah Friedell reviews The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. No, technology isn't making everything terrible (or amazing). Secularizing the tech debate: Geoff Shullenberger reviews Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov. Adam Fisher on Google’s road map to global domination: In the battle for digital dominance, victory depends on being the first to map every last place on the globe — it’s as hard as it sounds. Hacking society: Tom Slee on three books that look at the current state of play in the interconnected world. “Unplugging” from the Internet isn’t about restoring the self so much as it about stifling the desire for autonomy that technology can inspire.