The inaugural issue of Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies is out, including Michael Sean Bolton (NCTU): Monstrous Machinery: Defining Posthuman Gothic; Dennis Yeo (Nanyang Technological): Gothic Paranoia in David Fincher’s Se7en, The Game and Fight Club; Hannah O’Connor (Cardiff): Queering the Mainstream Monster: Demonstrating Difference and Deviant Sexuality in Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Stoker’s Dracula (1897); and Lorna Piatti-Farnell interviews D.B. Reynolds on Vampires in America. Susannah Locke on how scientists are creating synthetic life from scratch. Slavoj Zizek on how capital captured politics: WikiLeaks has shown us that western democracies are now ruled by market forces that debase the very notion of freedom. David Weigel writes in defense of parachute political reporting. An essayist of the old school: Sven Birkerts reviews A Literary Education and Other Essays by Joseph Epstein. Daniel Z. Epstein on redressing politicized spending. From Uni Watch, it wasn’t broke but they fixed it anyway, part 739: “MLB is chipping away at the [All Star] game’s unique look”. Pat Oglesby on how states may be stuck with second-best marijuana taxes. James M. Dorsey on mega sports events: A double-edged sword. “It's impossible for you to have been more wrong, Rick”: CNBC's Rick Santelli has his biggest on-air blowup in a long time. Nicholas Stephanopoulos on how we can end gerrymandering once and for all. Borderline personalities: Rightbloggers vs. huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Thriving in the new zombie future: William Riggs on business as usual planning for the zombie apocalypse.
From the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a special section on technological unemployment and the basic income guarantee, including Riccardo Campa (Jagiellonian): Technological Growth and Unemployment: A Global Scenario Analysis; John Danaher (Keele): Sex Work, Technological Unemployment and the Basic Income Guarantee; and Gary E. Marchant, Yvonne A. Stevens and James M. Hennessy (ASU): Technology, Unemployment and Policy Options: Navigating the Transition to a Better World. From Financial Times, a series on robots in the workplace, including a look at how robot makers are warned over fears that automation will “steal jobs”; and China, once the manual labour “workshop of the world”, has become the largest buyer of industrial robots. Michael R. Strain on how robot workers could tear America’s social fabric. Enslave the robots and free the poor: Martin Wolf on how the prospect of far better lives depends on how the gains are produced and distributed. Andrew Leonard on Google, Foxconn, and our new robot overlords. Paul Starr reviews The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee (and more). Homo Sacer: James Bridle on how the hologram is the ultimate 21st Century worker — fully virtualised, pre-programmed, untiring, spectacular. Machines v. Lawyers: As information technology advances, the legal profession faces a great disruption. Robots are invading the news business, and it’s great for journalists. Bill Gates: Yes, robots really are about to take your jobs. When robots take our jobs, humans will be the new 1% — here's how to fight back. Fear not the coming of the robots: Historically, technology lifted us all by creating new jobs and greater efficiency. There's a World Cup for robots, and the goal is to defeat humanity.
Suzanne J. Konzelmann (London): The Political Economics of Austerity. Kirsten Forkert (Birmingham City): The New Moralism: Austerity, Silencing and Debt Morality. Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20%. Gaby Hinsliff reviews Mammon's Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now by David Marquand. Does class still drive British politics? It's how we see ourselves — not how much we earn — that shapes our party loyalties. From Demos Quarterly, the welfare system has been losing public support; Duncan O’Leary argues for the return of the contributory principle — and has a plan for making it happen; and Eric Kaufmann on understanding “white flight”: In much of the country different ethnic groups are becoming better integrated, but in areas of minority concentration the white British population has dropped sharply in recent years — why? Sonia Soans on the death of Stuart Hall: Why blackness is best when it is dead. Martin Amis says white skin still seen as key attribute of being English. From e-flux, the feudal shire that is Britain, or rather England, has never gone away: Nina Power on Rainy Fascism Island. Rise now and be a nation again? Michael Kenny on the politics of Englishness. The reluctant patriot: David Aaronovitch on how George Orwell reconciled himself with England. Britain’s strange identity crisis: The vote on Scotland’s referendum to stay in or leave the United Kingdom will bring major change, either way. Is Cornwall really a foreign country? Christopher Howse admires the architectural jewels of the West Country with the help of Pevsner’s reissued guide. How European are the British? Even Eurosceptics want to live on the continent.
From Speculations, a special issue on aesthetics in the 21st century. Sheeva Azma (Georgetown): Poverty and the Developing Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging. From Contemporary Pragmatism, Erin C. Tarver (Emory): Signifying “Hillary”: Making (Political) Sense with Butler and Dewey. Are American politics redeemable? Matthew Brandon Wolfson on Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton and two memoirs of Washington, DC. From The Monkey Cage, charges on an "imperial presidency" usually center on war and foreign policy — but the newest charges are all about the domestic front; and Justin Vaughn and Jennifer Mercieca on why presidents must play the hero: Presidents have no choice but to promise what they can't deliver. Sean McElwee on how ordinary Americans can influence policy — no super PAC required. Did Marxist philosophy superstar Slavoj Zizekplagiarize a white nationalist journal? (and a response by Zizek) Behind the Santa Maria discovery: How an unlikely Boston historian Samuel Eliot Morison brought Columbus and his lost ship to life. From The Editorial Review, an interview with Susan Ferber, executive editor for American and world history at Oxford University Press (USA); and an interview with Alex Star, senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. You can download Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction (2004) by Colin Ward. Virginia man plants flag, claims African country, calling it “Kingdom of North Sudan”. Huddled masses yearning to breathe free are the worst!
Michal Marcin Kobierecki (Lodz): Sport in International Relations: Expectations, Possibilities, and Effects. Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): What Does a Professional Athlete Deserve? From Physical Culture and Sport: Studies and Research, Milos Bednar (Charles): Ars Vitae and Sport; Emanuele Isidori and Claudia Maulini (Rome) and Francisco Javier Lopez Frias (Valencia): Sport and Ethics of Weak Thought: A New Manifesto for Sport Education; Jerzy Kosiewicz (Josef Pilsudski): Social Sciences and Common Perceptions of Sport; and Mika Hamalainen (Turku): A Situational Theory of Advantages in Sport. On performance-enhancing drugs: Darrin Belousek considers different ethical perspectives on drugs in sport. Mike Jakeman on how to clean up cricket. Why does test cricket run in families? David Papineau wants to know. Barney Ronay reviews Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon by Elizabeth Wilson. Christopher Beam goes inside the American Football League of China. John B. Judis on ten reasons why baseball is better than soccer. American sports fan saves soccer: Gavin Smythe thinks up new rules for soccer to make it popular around the world. Where should the World Cup go in 2022? Ian Plenderleith on how the US has a convincing bid, and historical precedent may be on its side. The World Cup is political theatre of the highest order: David Goldblatt on the soft power behind the hard results of the global football tournament. Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy look at how fan loyalty changed during the World Cup. Molly Fitzpatrick on embracing the Tour de France, the World Cup’s endearingly weird little brother.
Marina Azzimonti (FRB): Partisan Conflict. Michael Sances and Charles Stewart (MIT): Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012. Matt Motyl (Virginia): “If He Wins, I’m Moving to Canada”: Ideological Migration Threats Following the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago) and Eric McGhee (PPIC): Partisan Gerrymandering and the Efficiency Gap. L. Jason Anastasopoulos (Harvard): A Theory of Partisan Sorting and Geographic Polarization: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. A look at how population shifts are turning all politics national. This map shows the most liberal and conservative towns in your state. Emily Badger on how liberals are more likely to use public transit than conservatives — but that may say as much about where we live as how we want to get around. Crispin Sartwell on how the Left-Right political spectrum is bogus: It might be a division between social identities based on class or region or race or gender, but it is certainly not a clash between different ideas. Are social networks creating political polarization? Kimberlee Morrison wants to know. Morris Fiorina on how Americans have not become more politically polarized. How much do our genes influence our political beliefs? Amanda Cox on how birth year influences political views. Do different things make liberals and conservatives laugh? Jesse Singal investigates. Conservatives be funny: As the late-night comedy landscape reshuffles, are right-wing comics being unfairly ignored? Politicians are the No. 1 cause of daily stress in our lives: Christopher Ingraham on how politicians are literally killing us with their incompetence. Nicholas Hune-Brown on why we’re driven to dislike politicians. About 10% of Americans don’t pay attention to politics; who are they? John Senger reviews The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit by Stephen L. Goldstein.
A new issue of the International Public Policy Review is out. Thom Brooks (Durham): Hegel's Political Philosophy. Paolo Lobba (Bollogna): Holocaust Denial Before the European Court of Human Rights: Evolution of an Exceptional Regime. Russell Bennetts and Daniel Tutt interview Simon Critchley, co-author of The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing. Today’s young people are held to be alienated, unhappy, violent failures — they are proving anything but. What does going to a Mexican restaurant outside of Mexico mean for the restaurant goers and how can this potentially alter their understanding of Mexican culture? Lewis Defrates investigates. Every datum tells a story: Mark P. Mills and Anthony Mills on the dawning of the age of meta-information. Because we’re worth it: How and why lofty ideologies cohabit with rampant corruption. Iraq has warned the UN that Sunni militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul. Why do we find sex more shocking than violence? AR Torre wants to know. Tim Marchman on what Brazil's loss meant, and what it didn't mean. World Cup final pits Francis vs Benedict in papal match. A study finds anti-Obamacare ads might have actually increased enrollment. The enemy’s invasion fleet has been destroyed; its huge losses on the field of battle have left it on the brink of surrender; the enemy soldiers will be slaughtered by our brave civilian defenders as they attempt to enter the capital; the resistance will triumph!
Thierry Cote (York): Celluloid Heroes: Music Movies of the Rock Era as Critiques of the Cultural Industries and Late Capitalism. From Celebrity Studies, Bethany Usher and Stephanie Fremaux (Teesside): Who Is He Now: David Bowie and the Authentic Self. Hollis Griffin (Denison): Hair Metal Redux: Gendering Nostalgia and Revising History on VH1. Rosemary Lucy Hill (Leeds): Hard Rock and Metal in the Subcultural Context: What Fans Listening to the Music Can Tell Us. Who invented “heavy metal”? Matthew Guerrieri on a new answer to how a genre got its name — and why it stuck. Richard Florida on how heavy-metal music is a surprising indicator of countries’ economic health. The Song Remains Pretty Similar: Did Led Zeppelin write the greatest song opening in rock history — or steal it? Walt Hickey on why classic rock isn’t what it used to be. Noah Berlatsky on 10 songs that disprove the rockist vs. poptimist rivalry. In defense of schlock music: Jody Rosen on why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie are better than you think. Nico Lang on why we hate Nickelback. Prachi Gupta on the 7 most Taylor Swift-y lines in Taylor Swift’s essay about the music industry. Max Martin lyrics are silly: From Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys to Ariana Grande’s Break Free, his most ungrammatical lines. Vanessa Grigoriadis on Justin Bieber, a case study in growing up cosseted and feral. Britney Spears before auto-tune is just as bad as you imagined. Is the era of mid-2000s nostalgia already here? We all have sweet, nostalgic memories of "American Top 40" — but some Casey Kasem tributes misremember music history. Oh, you kid: Jody Rosen on how a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09 — 1909 — changed American pop music forever.
Aaron J. Saiger (Fordham): What We Disagree About When We Disagree About School Choice. Preston C. Green (UConn), Bruce D Baker (Rutgers), and Joseph Oluwole (Montclair State): Having it Both Ways: How Charter Schools Try to Obtain Funding of Public Schools and the Autonomy of Private Schools. Morgan Anderson (Georgia State): Philosophical Flaws of Common Core: A Rawlsian Perspective. “The Common Core may actually fail”: Josh Eidelson interviews American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten on Christie, Rhee, and for-profit testing “gag order”. From Radical Pedagogy, Arianne Robichaud interviews Noam Chomsky on education. David Morris on how what’s good for Bill Gates turns out to be bad for public schools. From Education Review, Michael W. Apple reviews Public Education Under Siege, ed. Michael Madison Katz and Mike Rose; and Connie Schaffer reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch. Say goodbye to public schools: Diane Ravitch warns some cities will soon have none (and more and more and more). Matthew Yglesias on the myth of "public" schools: “This is a housing policy problem masquerading as an education policy one”. Some cities are promising free college to high school students — does it work? How high schools condition students to accept their lot: Richard D. Kahlenberg reviews Class Rules: Exposing Inequality in American High Schools by Peter W. Cookson Jr. Katie Halper in the 7 most absurd things America's kids are learning thanks to the conservative gutting of public education. Kathryn Joyce on the homeschool apostates: They were raised to carry the fundamentalist banner forward and redeem America — but now the Joshua Generation is rebelling.
The inaugural issue of Global Education Review is out. Amanda Jager (McGill): Educating for Autonomy: A Case for the Broader Acceptance of Homeschooling within Liberal Democratic Societies. Omar Guerrero-Orozco (UNAM): Methodology in Public Administration. Has higher education recreated the conditions that led to sophistry's rise? In ancient Athens, reviews could make tutors' reputations and there was fierce competition between educators — sound familiar? Arguably one of the most extraordinary scientific publications of all times, Sidereus Nuncius turned Galileo into the brightest new star of Western science; four centuries later, a faked copy of this book has disarmed a generation of Galileo experts, and raised a host of intriguing questions about the social nature of scholarly authentication, the precariousness of truth, and the revelatory power of fakes. Four evocative new trends happening on the newsstand today and a staunch one that never changes — a Mr. Magazine report from the field. Can watching TV improve your health? Maggie Gram on how public health wonks have figured out how to influence Hollywood writers — don’t call them, they’ll call you. “Made Up People”: Jennifer Crane and Claire Sewell on an interdisciplinary approach to labelling and the construction of people in post-war history. Tom McCarthy on the mapmaker's conundrum. Leigh Cowart on Ebola as nature’s most perfect killing machine: How has a virus with such a modest body count so fiercely captured the darkest corners of our imagination?