William H. Dutton (USC) and Laleah Fernandez (Michigan State): How Susceptible Are Internet Users? How the algorithm rewards extremism: Clive Thompson on Big Tech, the Internet, and the mess we’re in. Carl Miller reviews We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet’s Culture Laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. The rise and demise of RSS: Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas. How a Vermont social network became a model for online communities. Chloe Bryan on the curse of the Twitter reply guy.

When kids realize their whole life is already online: Googling yourself has become a rite of passage. How much of the Internet is fake? Turns out, a lot of it, actually. Robert Peck on the punishing ecstasy of being a Reddit moderator. Real black activists worry fake ones will drown them out on Twitter. Why so many men online love to use “logic” to win an argument, and then disappear before they can find out they’re wrong. The communal mind: Patricia Lockwood travels through the Internet. The histories of today’s wars are being written on Facebook and YouTube — but what happens when they get taken down?

The Internet is a monoculture built on ads and Drake. The comment moderator is the most important job in the world right now. Social platforms want to run the world — but look how they treat your email. Meet the man behind a third of what’s on Wikipedia. How the “Mandela Effect” theory of false memories took over the Internet. With social media disinformation, what — and who — should we be afraid of? RSS is better than Twitter. “The Linux of social media”: How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging.

The World Wide Web turns 30: Our favorite memories from A to Z. The World Wide Web — not the internet — turns 30 years old. The online icons that didn’t survive the web’s first 30 years. Old, online, and fed on lies: How an aging population will reshape the Internet.


Fabienne Peter (Warwick): Political Authority and Expertise. From the New York Times Magazine, how Rupert Murdoch’s empire of influence remade the world. From Vox, Hindsight 2070: We asked 15 experts, “What do we do now that will be considered unthinkable in 50 years?” Ten thinkers on Brexit: What is the most democratic way to solve the Brexit crisis? Josh Marshall seeks to explain Brexit. What we must learn from the history of French feminism: Josh Maserow interviews Lisa Greenwald, author of Daughters of 1968: Redefining French Feminism and the Women’s Liberation Movement. In science, as in sports, the sidelines matter: Tomorrow’s Nobel prizes are won today off-season and in the back office. The introduction to A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter by Andrew Hui.

Henry Radice (LSE): Saving Ourselves? On Rescue and Humanitarian Action. Tom Ginsburg (Chicago) and Mila Versteeg (Virginia): From Catalonia to California: Secession in Constitutional Law. Here’s how democracy is eroding in Mongolia. Coming soon: The death of the filibuster. A US-Mexico border shutdown would affect far more than avocado prices. Empire of the census: America’s long history of manipulating its headcount for political gain. Jeffrey Toobin reviews First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas. Lauren Katzenberg on 40 stories from women about life in the military. There’s nothing to fear in Chernobyl: It’s not the post-apocalyptic contaminated wasteland you’ve been led to believe. Henry Louis Gates Jr. on how Reconstruction still shapes racism in America.

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