David Golumbia (VCU): Commercial Trolling: Social Media and the Corporate Deformation of Democracy. Matthew W. Hughey (Mississippi State) and Jessie Daniels (Hunter): Racist Comments at Online News Sites: A Methodological Dilemma for Discourse Analysis. The year megaplatforms ruled the Internet: John Herrman on the web we lost, the web we deserve, and the web we want. Twitter is for narcissists, Facebook is for egotists: New research shows Twitter isn't just for narcissists. Lydia DePillis on how click farms are the new sweatshops. The Stream is fun and fast, but don't you miss the sense of an ending? Leon Neyfakh on the botmaker who sees through the Internet: Darius Kazemi’s little creations are funny, poignant, popular — and a sly commentary on how the Web is organizing our lives. The message to aspiring video makers on YouTube is clear, and seductive: Attract an audience, build your brand — but success, let alone stardom and wealth, remains elusive. Andrew Leonard on Facebook’s fatal weakness: Why the social network is losing to Amazon, Apple and Google. I did not sign on for the #outrage: Twitter has become a combat zone that fills me with dread — when did the Internet turn into such a minefield? This is Facebook’s Internet, and the media is just attempting to find a way to sustain itself in it. Dominic Pettman on the Tumblrst Tumbl ever Tumbld: or, how I found the Angel of History trapped on the flypaper of social media. Matthew J.X. Malady has discovered the Internet's most Internet sentence: No other sentence better captures the ethos of the web.


Henry Hansmann (Yale): All Firms are Cooperatives — And So Are Governments. Michael L. Perlin (NYLS) and Alison J. Lynch (DRNJ): “Love is Just a Four-Letter Word”: Sexuality, International Human Rights, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence. "I don't see the president as an intellectual at all": Isaac Chotiner interviews Michael Ignatieff, author of Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. Michael White on the genetics of global warming: As climates continue to change, so does the DNA of the species around us. Your genome is a post-apocalyptic wasteland: It's way more than just a twisted ladder. Is junk DNA really junky? Sam Kean on the delicious, religious debate over what most of our genome is good for. Kissing cousins: The genetic contribution Neanderthal man made to modern humanity is clearer. In the darkness of Dick Cheney: Mark Danner reviews In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney, with Liz Cheney; and Heart: An American Medical Odyssey by Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, with Liz Cheney. Evgeny Morozov on the mindfulness racket: The evangelists of unplugging might just have another agenda. Britt Peterson on the amazing endangered languages of Russia: Despite nods to diversity in Sochi, more than 130 different languages in the country are now imperiled, say experts. Barra O Seaghdha reviews Ireland in the World Order: A History of Uneven Development by Maurice Coakley. Colin Kidd reviews The Republic: the Fight for Irish Independence 1918-1923 by Charles Townshend. Morris P. Fiorina on the only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can't enact their agenda: Unfettered parties that can.


From Radical Orthodoxy, an American politics of paradox: Steve Knepper on the legacy of Wilson Carey McWilliams. Now what, Left wing? George Scialabba on how it’s possible the solution for the left wing won’t be found in a magazine. Daniel Hannan on the Right side of history: Why liberals are conflicted over patriotism and western values. Sam Tanenhaus and Jim Rutenberg on Rand Paul’s mixed inheritance. Why do Appalachians love Clinton and hate Obama? Jonathan Chait investigates. Daniel DiSalvo reviews The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class by Fred Siegel. Conservative religious thinkers and their intellectual crusades: Chris Lehmann reviews Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly Worthen and The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief by George M. Marsden. Ed Kilgore on the vast shredding of America's moral fiber: The conservative theory of economic desert is preposterous. The tide is rising for America’s libertarians: The new spirit in a rising climate of anti-politics has become an attitude, rather than a movement. Charles R. Kesler on the Tea Party, conservatism, and the constitution. Eric Posner on the paranoid libertarian and his enemy, the angry liberal: Two characters the government can’t afford to ignore, however irrational they are. Loyola New Orleans debates the views of Walter Block, a libertarian faculty member who argues that most civil rights laws are wrong. This Nixon as liberal construction is wrong — and it is dangerous because it distracts us from creating the change we want. Twilight of the Right: Alan Pell Crawford on how when conservatism became a movement, it lost its soul. Psychologists find that getting liberals to agree really is like herding cats.

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