Life of the Party: Howard Fineman on how Roger Ailes is the real head of the GOP. From The Wall Street Journal, an interview with Glenn Beck on conspiracy theories, his critics on the right and left, and how he resembles Howard Beale of Network. Is Murdoch trashing the WSJ's Washington coverage? The end of the Washington Times: You'd think that somebody with a direct line to the Almighty, and tapped by Jesus to save mankind on Earth, would be able to come up with a better business plan for running a daily newspaper. Reporting from the Right: Two new conservative Web sites, Big Journalism and The Daily Caller, mirror the battle over the Republican Party. Right-wing rising star: Meet S.E. Cupp, conservative pundit beloved by Tucker Carlson and Nick Hornby alike (and more). Conor Friedersdorf on the alternating evasiveness and passive aggression of Instapundit (and a response and a reply). All the Right Enemies: It’s almost painful watching a level-headed conservative attempt to defend Sarah Palin in good faith. Paul Gottfried on picking apart Washington’s scum: As everyone and his cousin know, the neocons are his least favorite “Washington insiders”. A review of Reappraising the Right: The Past and Future of American Conservatism by George H. Nash. More on We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism by John Derbyshire. Conservative ideas, like support for the status quo and justifications for inequality, can make the world seem like a more secure place for those who don't like uncertainty. New research suggests the contemplation of compassion can negate the power of threat to increase support for conservative values.

From Cyberpsychology, Monica Barbovschi (UBB): Meet the "E-Strangers": Predictors of teenagers' online-offline encounters; and Pavica Sheldon (LSU): "I'll poke you. You'll poke me!": Self-disclosure, social attraction, predictability and trust as important predictors of Facebook relationships. A Christmas Love Story: Walter Kirn on how Facebook cured his holiday loneliness. Some think Facebook eliminates the need for face-to-face meetups with former classmates, but online networking actually makes people more likely to want to see each other in person. Getting profiled: Whether Facebook ushers in an actual rather than hypothetical cyber-dystopia is very much up to us. From The Rumpus, an interview with an Anonymous Facebook Employee on privacy. Between all the scraps of info about you online, players in business, politics, and government may know a lot more about you than you'd think. Arise, Web users: If tech giants are making so much money off your data, at least demand a cut. From Vanity Fair, it’s a new kind of fame — twilebrity — with its own rules, risks, and pecking order. The children of cyberspace are old fogies by their 20s. Those refusing to use the Internet are one of the nation's fastest-shrinking minorities. "I'm old school": Ron Jeremy thinks the Internet is sort of evil. From New Scientist, are we being served by technological wonders or have we become enslaved by them? The Google decade ends: If the search king hasn’t ripped up your business yet, just wait. Here are 8 online fads you didn't know were invented decades ago.

From Harper's, Scott Horton on The Guantanamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle. Endearingly quaint, unbearably wholesome, those 20 minutes before bed remain sacred: Enter the political children’s book. Theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman argues that quantum physics can explain the existence of free will. From the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, Lisa MacKinney "Mmmm, he's good-bad but he's not evil": The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack," and the Cultural Context of the Motorcycle Rider; Barbara Brodman (NSU): The Motorcyclist as Revolutionary: Looking for Mr. Guevara; a special section on The Wild One (1953); an interview with Sputnik, Chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association; a review of Bodies in Motion: Evolution and Experience in Motorcycling by Steven L. Thompson; a review of Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-Throttle Aristotle; and Adrien Litton on finding the Zen in motorcycling. Michael Totten interviews Christopher Hitchens (and part 2). Does environmentalism destroy the world?: Open Democracy and Resurgence launch the "Dictionary of Ethical Politics" to explore how our political concepts can cope with the end of the limitless.’s content editors on how they select the best blog posts, the value of research blogging, and their predictions for the coming year. It is time to take a closer look at the crying scene in New York. New Scientist takes a look at the enigma of the 23-year-old baby. Research suggests prejudice towards migrants stems partly from the fact that they're awkward to think about.

From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, Tiina Rosenberg (Lund): On Feminist Activist Aesthetics; and Anu Koivunen (Stockholm): Confessions of a Free Woman: Telling Feminist Stories in Postfeminist Media Culture. Feminism, what went wrong? It started with Girl Power and has sunk into mindless hedonism — why has sexual equality backfired? Robert Trundle (NKU): Women’s Fashion: Function of Sex or Social Construction? Women have been taking their clothes off in protest for centuries, but now that nudity is everywhere, is the naked body still an effective campaign tool? From TAP, are impossible beauty standards a subconscious cultural reaction against women's growing political power? The Word's Jan Freeman on the "female" question — or should it be "woman"? From The Economist, the rich world’s quiet revolution: Women are gradually taking over the workplace, but feminist management theorists are flirting with some dangerous arguments; and across the rich world more women are working than ever before; coping with this change will be one of the great challenges of the coming decades. Poverty has been feminized: How the economy derailed the Decade of the Single Woman. Is the Internet — and not the washing machine or the pill — the technology that finally liberated women? Not everything has changed: A review of The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America by Kathleen Gerson. A review of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.