Stephen Barnard (St. Lawrence): The Journalistic Field in a Time of Mediatization. Glenn Kessler on journalism in the age of the Internet. The platform press: Emily Bell and Taylor Owen on how Silicon Valley reengineered journalism. How Facebook and Google could disrupt the subscription model for news. Innovation gone bad: The best of the worst ideas in media experimentation. How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism. There are only a few possibilities for the future of news. Post-industrial fog: Brian Creech and Anthony M Nadler on reconsidering innovation in visions of journalism’s future.

Can journalists live without Twitter? As the social-media platform’s struggles continue, we asked reporters and editors to imagine a world free of 140-character limits — they responded with equal parts horror and wonderment. Why have a public editor when Twitter will do it for free? Ben Smith interviews Margaret Sullivan on the New York Times. Amy Webb on why news organizations should buy Twitter.


Herbert J. Hovenkamp (Penn): Antitrust Policy and Inequality of Wealth. Lina Khan and Sandeep Vaheesan on how America became uncompetitive and unequal. From ProMarket, an interview with Roni Michaely on rising concentration in the U.S. economy; and “there is no indication that Trump is pro-competition”: Steven C. Salop and Carl Shapiro explore what antitrust might look like under President Trump. Stacy Mitchell on the rise and fall of the word “monopoly” in American life. The return of monopoly: With Amazon on the rise and a business tycoon in the White House, can a new generation of Democrats return the party to its trust-busting roots? Elizabeth Warren wants to bring back trust busting — the Democrats should listen. Herbert J. Hovenkamp (Iowa): Progressive Antitrust. Barak Orbach (Arizona): Antitrust Populism.

Google’s battle with the European Union is the world’s biggest economic policy story: Regulators are bringing a new way of thinking to digital antitrust. Antitrust law for information goods: The introduction to Antitrust Law in the New Economy: Google, Yelp, Libor, and the Control of Information by Mark R. Patterson.


Wrestling’s new villain named himself “Progressive Liberal” — Hillary’s on his shirt. Why did the 2016 election look so much like the 2012 election? Partisan identity — not policies or even candidates — now drives American politics. A Pew survey finds sharp partisan divisions in views of national institutions. Why Trump’s nostalgia voters support his embrace of Putin. Trump’s biggest political asset is supporters who believe any negative news is fake. Why fact-checking doesn’t faze Trump fans: The president’s backers aren’t impervious to reality — confronted with untruths, they concede he was wrong, but don’t waver in their support for him.

This town melts down: Veteran political reporter Mark Leibovich takes stock of how Washington has — and hasn’t — changed in the time of Trump. French manicures, Bud Light and fly fishing: How Trump staffers are changing Washington. Trump’s aides build their own empires in the West Wing: Top White House officials have broken from tradition by hiring chiefs of staff and personal PR people to support their policy goals. Jonah Shepp on the anti-Semitism around Donald Trump. Why does Trump double-down every time it seems like he should retreat? Because Steve Bannon is back in his boss’s good graces.

President Trump’s enemies list: The president remembers every political slight — and the politicians who abandoned him during the Access Hollywood scandal. “CIA psych assessment of Kim Jong Il. Kind of makes you think”. It’s more obvious than ever: Trump doesn’t care a whit about the national interest. As it turns out America First does equal America Alone: Donald Trump has very little agenda-setting power. Donald Trump is dragging down America. Trump’s behavior is the biggest threat to U.S. national security. “Trump ALWAYS accuses others of what he knows he, himself, is doing. Please note phrase ‘gave our country away’”.

How Trump builds: Max Sawicky on the hollow promise of #InfrastructureWeek. Why didn’t Republicans promise a conservative health-care plan? Because they’re not idiots. Trump has secretive teams to roll back regulations, led by hires with deep industry ties (and more). The Obama administration had a plan to crack down on estate tax dodgers — Trump’s team is looking to block it. How low can taxes go? Outside Washington, Republicans find limits. Steve Bannon is right: Donald Trump should raise taxes on the rich. Catherine Rampell on the threat Trump poses that gets almost no attention. Ronald Brownstein on why one-party government doesn’t last.

One of the biggest reasons Republicans stick by Trump: They blocked Obama’s court nominees for years; now they’re filling those seats, starting a huge shift rightward for the judiciary. The GOP needs Trump’s tweets: Republicans say the president should step away from the smartphone — but his Twitter habit is a useful foil for a discredited party. Attack of the Republican Decepticons: It’s not just Donald Trump — the whole G.O.P. has become a post-truth party. Thread: “We used to worry that the media would normalize Trump. That ship has sailed. Important thing now: Don’t normalize his enablers”.


Brian Leiter (Chicago): Justifying Academic Freedom: Mill and Marcuse Revisited. Under fire, these professors were criticized by their colleges: There has been a rash of free-speech controversies involving college instructors this year — in many cases, their respective universities took a critical stance. College professors face death threats, firings for online comments: The attacks raise questions about academic freedom, freedom of speech, and racism. Old criticisms, new threats: Professors are often lightning rods, but many see a new menace to academic freedom in recent physical threats against faculty members who speak out on race and other issues. Zuleyka Zevallos on protecting activist academics against public harassment.


From the Journal of Philosophy of Life, a special issue on “Nihilism and the Meaning of Life: A Philosophical Dialogue with James Tartaglia”. Russia quietly moves border hundreds of yards into occupied Georgia. Many academics have taken money from Google without disclosing it, report finds. GuideStar.org labeled 46 nonprofits as hate groups — but after its employees were harassed online, the website got rid of the labels. Neo-Nazi website raises $150,000 to fight Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit. A study finds bots have turned Twitter into a powerful political disinformation platform. From the common barn swallow to the exotic giraffe, thousands of animal species are in precipitous decline, a sign that an irreversible era of mass extinction is underway.


Here’s how Trump transferred wealth to his son while avoiding the usual taxes. Trump personally pockets club membership fees, breaking with industry norms. 666 Fifth Avenue: Yet another massive conflict of interest for the Trump White House. Mixing politics with business: Kate Brannen on a master list of Trump’s conflicts of interest. Why Trump has a basic problem with the constitution. Jane Chong on reading the Office of Legal Counsel on emoluments: Do super-rich presidents get a pass? Don’t neglect Donald Trump’s nepotism scandal: Trump’s daughter took his seat at the G-20, his son met with a Russian for dirt on Hillary Clinton — this is exactly what ethics experts warned us about. Sheelah Kolhatkar on Walter Shaub’s brave, quixotic ethics battle with Trump.


Nuria Sanchez Madrid (Complutense): Politics of Peoplehood: The Birth of a New Nation? Sinisa Malesevic (UCD): Do National Identities Exist? Mikulas Fabry (Georgia Tech): Unrecognized States and National Identity. Michael S Merry (Amsterdam): Can Patriotism Be Critical? Mac Mckenna (Victoria): Income Inequality and Political Nationalism (“This paper studies how the political elite uses nationalism as a tool for altering the preferences of the voting public”). Enrique Camacho (UNAM): Nationalism and Crisis. Christopher Freiman on the fuzzy borders of “benign nationalism”. What it takes to truly be “one of us”: In U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, publics say language matters more to national identity than birthplace.

The beautiful game: We think sports teams are a tribal symbol of national identity — but could they offer a vision of an inclusive and harmonious society? Karl M. von der Heyden: “I survived World War II. Nationalism is a path to war”.


New details emerge on Moscow real estate deal that led to the Trump-Kremlin alliance. The Trump-Russia conspiracy is now very simple: You don’t even have to connect dots. Natalia Veselnitskaya, lawyer who met Trump Jr., seen as fearsome Moscow insider. Inside the semi-secret life of Rob Goldstone, the playboy who could bring down Trump. Donald Trump Jr.’s emails sound like the Steele dossier. The media is not asking the right questions on Trump Jr. Legal experts say Donald Trump Jr has just confessed to a federal crime. Trump Jr. delivers “smoking gun” to Mueller. Top Intel Dem warns Trump Jr.: We have more intel than what public knows. Whatever Trump Jr. did, it’s not treason. Will Trump take revenge on the Justice Department? With his son in the crosshairs of federal investigators, you can bet on it.

Trump aides freaking out over Don Jr.’s Russia email: The “sum of all fears”. Here’s how the pro-Trump media is handling the Don Jr. emails: "There’s no evidence they colluded at all”. The worst spin about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails. Tested by the many chapters of the Russia story, Republicans stand by Trump. All the times Trump mocked the idea of Russia collusion on Twitter. Trump campaign colluded — the only question now is how much. Donald Trump’s fishy behavior on Russia is bigger than possible email collusion. Imagine if the Clintons had done what the Trumps did on Russia. The White House picked the worst week ever to lobby for weaker sanctions on Russia. The whole Trump team has been subject to blackmail. The latest revelation won’t end Trump’s presidency — only Paul Ryan can. The Trump administration isn’t a farce — it’s a tragedy.


From New York, David Wallace-Wells interviews climatologists Wallace Smith Broecker, Peter Ward, and Michael Mann, and more to come. Are we as doomed as that New York magazine article says? Why it’s so hard to talk about the worst problem in the world. Climate scientists say New York magazine’s cover story about global warming is unnecessarily apocalyptic — but can fear help the planet? It’s no exaggeration to say human civilization is at stake. Did that New York magazine climate story freak you out? It’s okay to talk about how scary climate change is. “What would we do if we discovered aliens who were 50 years from earth and were going to destroy us?”: Our approach to climate change isn’t working — let’s try something else.

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