A review of Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman: On Film as Philosophy by Paisley Livingston. Saving philosophy from the suits: The long march of market mechanisms through Britain's cultural institutions has accelerated — is there a business/state case for philosophy and humanities? Why Middlesex Matters: John Protevi considers why so many American academics have joined the fight to save a noted philosophy program at a British university. Get em while they’re young: 20 years on from the introduction of philosophy in British primary schools, Brooke Lewis looks at how the subject is faring. The Examined Life, Age 8: An article on philosophical reasoning taught in the second grade. What is philosophy? It's not about beards and togas. If Aristotle ran the Huffington Post: An article on Tom Morris and a series of “interviews” with philosophers (like Jeremy Bendik-Keymer and Allen Thompson, Dave Baggett and Shannon Eric Kincaid). From The New York Times's new philosophy blog The Stone, Simon Critchley on what is a philosopher. From McSweeney's, Mike Sacks on famous philosophers and how they were first discovered. From PopMatters, a review of Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I Am Philosophy (And So Can You!); and a review of Zombies, Vampires and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead. From John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Aristotle's "mean" philosophy to the principle of charity, here are the greatest principles of philosophy. From The Philosophers' Magazine, the editorial team of the journal Philosophy of Management make the case for their emerging field; what can the Stoics do for us? Antonia Macaro investigates the alleged usefulness of Stoic philosophy for life today, and Nancy Sherman on modern soldiers and ancient wisdom; and here are one two three reflections on the philosophy of day to day life.
The latest issue of Pink and Black Attack, an anti-assimilationist queer anarchist periodical. A review of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One by Zev Chafets (and more). Voodoo economics: What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism. An interview with Karma Waltonen, author of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield. More and more on Richard Clarke's Cyber War. Who's afraid of synthetic biology? Don't let fears about frankenmicrobes halt promising research. Nicolai Sennels on the psychological differences between Muslims and Westerners. A review of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley (and more and more and more and more and more). What this country needs is a grand unified theory of the hoax. MetaFilter saved my pals from sex traffickers: How an online community mobilized to rescue two young Russian women. A review of "Personality and Political Attitudes: Relationships across Issue Domains and Political Contexts" by Alan Gerber, Gregory Huber, David Doherty, Conor Dowling, and Shang Ha. Bret McCabe on the towering body of work of Claude Levi-Strauss. From The Advocate, Michelangelo Signorile on the case for outing on all levels: Seen a local antigay politician having a beer at your favorite gay bar? You best speak up about it. The first chapter from Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference by Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper. Ted Rall on seven suggestions for newspapers. For more than a century, prospective Fellows of All Souls, Oxford have had to sit a frightening exam paper that contains no questions and just one word; now it has been dropped — and Harry Mount (failed, 1994) says the college is the poorer for it.
Fox Harrell (Georgia Tech): Toward a Theory of Critical Computing: The Case of Social Identity Representation in Digital Media Applications. From First Monday, a special issue on user creativity, governance, and the new media. Liz Gannes on the short and illustrious history of Twitter #hashtags. Search engines' dirty secret: Even search engines must obey the laws of thermodynamics — and that means the whole world pays for your every query. Is Facebook becoming the global phone book? The Inside Story of Moot vs. 4chan: Christopher "moot" Poole founded the infamous message board 4chan, but when the site's pranks got out of control, he cracked down on users. A British project is setting out to take geotagging to the next level: Barcodes without barriers — is this the web's next big thing? Have relationships like rock stars: Meera Atkinson on a Twitter expose. The launch of Arabic domain names has been hailed as a milestone — but a milestone to where? PerezHilton.com is the "McDonald's of the Internet". Lost and Found: An article on Deep Purple, GeoCities, and the web as archive. The death of the open web: The Internet was once an unruly place — are apps gentrifying it? Nicholas Carr on how “real life” is now “lived”. The argument that "we take the internet for granted" may seem like a tired straw man, but perhaps the ideology of the internet could stand a second look. In praise of Boise: Why space really is the final frontier in the internet age. Who remembers a time when there was no internet? The web is filled with amazingness. Is anything we make online now going to exist in the future? From Cracked, a look at 5 guilty pleasures the Web killed while you weren't looking; and here are 5 reasons you should be scared of Google and 10 survival tips now that Google knows you're on to them.
From Portal, a special issue on Fields of Remembrance. New Media, Old Media: How blogs and social media agendas relate and differ from traditional press. Richard Beck reviews Silk Parachute by John McPhee. Ghostwriting and the political book culture: From U.S. Grant to Eleanor Roosevelt to Laura Bush and many others, their own words are often put on the page by others. The omission of Birgit Jurgenssen in American critical and curatorial circles is perplexing, for hers is among the most trenchant work in the feminist-art canon. A review of The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature by Paul Collier (and more and more and more). Checking up on the doctor: What patients can learn from the ways physicians take care of themselves. Why do bad and incompetent governments emerge and persist under a variety of different political regimes? Daron Acemoglu, Georgy Egorov and Konstantin Sonin investgate. Offering refuge, glamour, the frisson of exotic lands, and (yes) a nice buzz, a good hotel bar is worth its weight in crushed ice. A review of Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA by Daniel Carpenter. Even in his grave, Norman Mailer is providing gossip, with memoirs this year by his widow, his cook, and one of his mistresses; yet despite the sea of women in Mailer’s life his great literary handicap was the failure to learn from them. A review of The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Scott Storch raked in hip-hop millions and then snorted his way to ruin. The first chapter from European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean: Toward a New Philology and a Counter-Orientalism by Karla Mallette.
The first chapter from Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha Nussbaum. An excerpt from The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World by Ben Wildavsky (and more and more and more and more and more). Students of the Great Recession: The economic slump has pushed more people to enroll in college, but it won’t prevent them from dropping out. If "almost every" tenured professor she knows has a "left-wing vision" of workplace issues, why do they accept the "shockingly brutal" treatment of faculty with contingent appointments? Cathy Davidson creates a new grading plan by turning over grading to the students in the course, and get out of the grading business herself. Unhealthy Opposition: Thomas P. Stossel on the value of academic-industry relationships. A degree in three: Colleges should shorten undergraduate curriculums from four years to three to increase access and reduce costs (and a response). An interview with Neil J. Smelser, author of Reflections on the University of California: From the Free Speech Movement to the Global University. Why do scholars enjoy exploring their academic genealogies? Jon Adams believes it is a desire to be associated with a dynastic intellectual legacy. Should your new buildings look old? The campuses of Jefferson's republic are lined with bad buildings designed to imitate their older neighbors. Andrew Potter on how not to defend the liberal arts. Skip College: A group of economists argue that it’s time to develop alternatives for students unlikely to succeed in pursuing a higher degree, or who may not be ready to do so. Stephen J. Mexal on the unintended value of the humanities: What is humanities research good for? Who knows? That's the point.