Christopher S. Yoo (Penn): Cloud Computing: Architectural and Policy Implications; and Is the Internet a Maturing Market? If So, What Does that Imply? Robert A. Heverly (Albany): Breaking the Internet: International Efforts to Play the Middle Against the Ends: A Way Forward. From IEEE Spectrum, a special report on the Social Web. Geoff Maslen on the answer to why people blog. If you think about how the social media environment works, it’s easy to wonder if Facebook can really go the distance. The Making of Diaspora: Armed with Google technologies, four young coders are planting the seeds for the post-Facebook future. From Wired, does Quora really have all the answers? Envisioning the omnipresent, benevolent Internet of the future — is it a force for good? An interview with Steven Levy, author of In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Charles Petersen reviews The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan (and more and more). Mathew Ingram on the rise of the “Second Internet” and what it means. Lore Sjoberg goes undercover at an unregulated content farm. From Steve Jobs down to the janitor: How Apple, America's most successful — and most secretive — big company, really operates. The Hacker Wars: The computer nerds who defend us from cyberattack are the new Navy SEALs. Jim Holt reviews The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. Maria Bustillos on Wikipedia and the death of the expert. What happens when you mix the ambition of Arianna Huffington with the desperation of Tim Armstrong? AOL shareholders will soon find out. An interview with Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You (and more and more). Your digital legacy: Your photos, status updates and tweets will fascinate future historians — will these online remains last forever? A UN report declares Internet access a human right.


Martha T. McCluskey (Buffalo): How Queer Theory Makes Neoliberalism Sexy. From The Nation, a special issue on reimagining capitalism. From Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on how the Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin gives Goldman Sachs a rubdown; and an interview with Keith Olbermann on why he left MSNBC and how he plans to get even. Furor over new British college: Institution promises star faculty and American-style liberal arts education, but skeptics have lots of questions (and more). Get over Ferris Bueller, everyone: Twenty-five years after its release, John Hughes's most-loved work doesn't hold up. From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here are the world's forgotten revolutions: Arab Spring uprisings get all the ink, but there are others you should know about. An interview with Christian Smith, author of What Is A Person? Roger Kaplan on rediscovering Hamilton — and Hernando de Soto. A review of Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail and Why We Believe Them Anyway by Dan Gardner. From TEDxEast, Tyler Cowen on his book The Great Stagnation. From HTMLGIANT, M Kitchell on the Nazis and our critical consciousness. All but forgotten today is the surprising number of caricatures and books mocking Hitler and the Nazis from Germany and around the world. Is a bipartisan coalition emerging to oppose the National Security State? Glenn Greenwald wants to know. Little, yellow, dangerous: Tom Vanderbilt on how "Children at Play" signs imperil our kids. Annie Lowrey on the Bush tax cuts 10th anniversary: They've been a failure in every conceivable way. Dilemmas of the nightlife fix: An article on post-industrialization and the gentrification of nightlife in New York City. A boat named “Titanic 2” has lived up to its name by sinking on its maiden voyage in an English harbor, but there were no icebergs in sight.


From New York, the elephant in the green room: The circus Roger Ailes created at Fox News made his network $900 million last year, but it may have lost him something more important — the next election; and if I take down Fox, is all forgiven? David Brock has spent the last decade apologizing to liberals for his role in creating the vast right-wing conspiracy — now he’s trying something more ambitious and hoping it gains him the respect he craves from the White House. Rick Pearlstein goes inside the GOP's fact-free nation: From Nixon's plumbers to James O'Keefe's video smears — how political lying became normal. Thought Police: Paul Waldman on how group think will shape the Republican presidential primaries. James Wolcott on Republicans looking for love in all the right places. A review of Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin by Frank Bailey. From Slate, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin running for president? Comparing the two Mama Grizzlies; Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is over before it ever really began; and the Republican Party may not be ready to take on the welfare state, but the Tea Party is. A look at the dangerous levels of overlap between the xenophobic "Minuteman" movement and the Tea Party (and more). The problem of Republican idiots: The liars and lunatics serve as a smoke screen for the conservative war on the poor and the middle class. Michelle Goldberg on Jerome Corsi's Where's the Birth Certificate? and why Birthers won't die. Conspiracy theories abound in American politics: The US has a tradition of being suspicious, and the Internet is feeding that skepticism. From Rolling Stone, paranoid nation: A series of articles on how conspiracy theories are destroying America. Chris Lehmann on scofflaws, elected or otherwise: America has entered a surreal post-accountability age.

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