Paulo Ravecca and Nishant Upadhyay (York): Queering Conceptual Boundaries: Assembling Indigenous, Marxist, Postcolonial and Queer Perspectives. Maren Behrensen (LIU): “Born that Way?” The Metaphysics of Queer Liberation. Chase Dimock on growing up on the island of misfit toys or: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as a queer allegory. Maria Borisof Todorof on Foucault and the poster-child for conformism or the cost of identity in the same-sex marriage context. Is it “entirely justified” to call all “proactive opponents” of the legal recognition of same-sex marriage “bigots” and “homophobes”? Jeremy Bell on natural laws. How quickly public opinion has shifted on homosexuality in the United States: Claude S. Fischer on the S-curve of cultural change. Michelangelo Signorile on why he hate “outing” and how it lets Aaron Schock off the hook. Gone is the closeted, often intolerant Washington; the capital is now perhaps the gayest place in the nation. Pride and prejudice: More places are seeing gay marches — or clever substitutes. Qu.ee/r Magazine brings a fresh voice to queer lit. Village Person Victor Willis says "Y.M.C.A." isn't about gays, is probably lying. “I wasn't born this way. I choose to be gay: Brandon Ambrosino on how Macklemore sends the wrong LGBT message in “Same Love”. Malcolm Burnley on Dorien Bryant, the NFL’s (almost) first out player. Mike Freeman on the inside story of how the NFL's plan for its 1st openly gay player fell apart. Why is men’s figure skating, the world’s gayest sport, stuck in the closet? Inside the Iron Closet: Jeff Sharlet on what it's like to be gay in Putin's Russia. Hannah Lucinda Smith on how jihadists are blackmailing, torturing, and killing gay Syrians. India’s Supreme Court just made it a crime for gay people to have sex (and more).


Alexander Tsoutsanis (Amsterdam): Why Copyright and Linking Can Tango. John Tehranian (Southwestern): It'll Break Your Heart Every Time: Flood v. Kuhn, (Baseball) Romanticism and the Fallibility of Courts. Priyadarshani Joshi (Penn): The Factors That Mediate How Public Schools Respond to Private Competition. Amy B. Becker (Towson) and Don J. Waisanen (Baruch): From Funny Features to Entertaining Effects: Connecting Approaches to Communication Research on Political Comedy. Don J. Waisanen (Baruch): An Alternative Sense of Humor: The Problems with Crossing Comedy and Politics in Public Discourse. Igor Ryabov (Texas-Pan American): Russian Wives in America: A Sketchy Portrait. Scott Keyes on the bone-chilling, heart-wrenching process of counting the nation’s homeless. Sochi or bust: The conspicuous dazzle of the games masks a country, and a president, in deepening trouble. Conservatives defensive over the multilingual version of "America The Beautiful" that aired as part of a Coca-Cola ad during the Super Bowl last weekend might be surprised to discover the words were written by a radical lesbian — isn't America great? Felix Salmon on why the Post Office needs to compete with banks. Rebecca Maynard on why policy should focus on better contraception, not more marriage. Emmett Rensin on how the Onion has become America's finest Marxist news source. Josh Cohen on the quantified self: Will the search for self-knowledge through numbers bring greater self-awareness or drive us to ultimate distraction?


Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King (WUSTL): Big Data Ethics. Kirsten Martin (GWU): Transaction Costs, Privacy, and Trust: The Laudable Goals and Ultimate Failure of Notice and Choice to Respect Privacy Online. David Cole (Georgetown): Preserving Privacy in a Digital Age: Lessons of Comparative Constitutionalism. Clare Linda Sullivan (South Australia): Digital Identity, Privacy, and the Right to Identity in the United States of America. Matthew Michael Montoya (New Mexico): Who's Your Data Daddy: Do You Own Your Bits and Bytes? James Grimmelmann (Maryland): Big Data's Other Privacy Problem. From First Monday, a special issue on Making data: Big data and beyond, including Klaus Bruhn Jensen (Copenhagen): How to Do Things with Data: Meta–data, Meta–media, and Meta–communication. Lev Manovich, author of Software Takes Command: Extending the Language of New Media, on the algorithms of our lives. Robinson Meyer on Silicon Valley's new spy satellites: Three startups are launching services — and orbiters — to provide real-time, better-than-Google imagery of the Earth. Is Google accidentally killing Wikipedia? Joe Kloc wonders. Meet Erik Zachte, the stats master making sense of Wikipedia’s massive data trove. Librarypedia: Jake Orlowitz and Patrick Earley on the future of libraries and Wikipedia. Is quantitative analysis the secret to understanding culture? Jacob Silverman reviews Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture by Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel. Are “Big Data” sucking scientific talent into Big Business? John Horgan wonders. Data for the 31st Century: New tech lets us store data for centuries, but no one wants it.

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