From Ctheory, Simon Glezos (Victoria): Creative Destruction versus Restrictive Practices: Deleuze, Schumpeter and Capitalism's Uneasy Relationship with Technical Innovation; and a sonic economy: Life in its truest form is a "kind of music," made up of immanent and material relationships between dispersed phenomena. Francis Fukuyama reviews Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Julian Young. A review of books on Heidegger. Chalk and the abyss: The secret transcripts of Heidegger's notorious seminar "On the Essence and Concepts of Nature, History and the State" have been published for the first time. A review of Who Was Jacques Derrida? An Intellectual Biography by David Mikics. A review of Derrida, An Egyptian: On the problem of the Jewish Pyramid by Peter Sloterdijk. A review of Foucault and the Government of Disability. A review of Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation by Peter Sloterdijk. A review of The Charmed Circle of Ideology by Geoff Boucher. A review of Christ in Postmodern Philosophy: Gianni Vattimo, Rene Girard and Slavoj Zizek by Frederiek Depoortere. From Red Pepper, a review of Violence by Slavoj Zizek; a review of Commonwealth by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri; and a review of The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee. A terrorist theory of the state: Alan Johnson on Alain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek and the new authoritarian Marxism (and part 2). A review of From Marxism to Post-Marxism? by Goran Therborn. Must anti-capitalism necessarily involve dialectical thinking? Mark Fisher engages with Fredric Jameson's monumental effort to resurrect discredited dialectics, Valences of the Dialectic. A review of The Emancipated Spectator by Jacques Ranciere. A review of Adorno’s Concept of Life by Alastair Morgan.
The inaugural issue of Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies is out. A review of The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention by William Rosen. J’accuse: Jacqueline Rose on the most important lesson to be learned from the Dreyfus affair. From the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a series of lectures on "Reading Hannah Arendt for the 21st Century" by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Richard Bernstein, and Susannah Gottlieb. From FT, a review essay on books on evil. Stephen Prothero reviews On Evil by Terry Eagleton (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more) and Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self by Marilynne Robinson (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Underestimating Risk: What the oil spill and the financial crisis have in common. Who bears responsibility for this environmental crisis — and how can we prevent another? The dominant forms of transportation today are the automobile, the jet plane, and the networked computer — what does adding the networked computer get you?: The answer is “the Santa-Fe-ing of the World” (and part 2). What happened to valor? Since 9/11, the military has awarded remarkably few Medals of Honor; soldiers and their families are asking why. Website editors strive to rein in nasty comments: Editors are rethinking just how open their sites should be. Learning curveballs: Michael Berube on the life lessons to be found in uncompetitive sport — and a fiercely competitive son with Down's syndrome. From Time, a look at the 50 worst inventions, from the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb. "When you see the above image, there’s the overwhelming initial WTF": An interview with Rockglockcock.
From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on the World Cup (and more from Global Post and more from GQ). The Boston Globe's "Ideas" guide to the World Cup is not really about the soccer. Musical Chairs: The World Cup in South Africa is on the brink of chaos. 2010 World Cup: Is Africa football's unheralded star? A review of Africa United: How Football Explains Africa by Steve Bloomfield. A review of Feet of the Chameleon: The Story of African Football by Ian Hawkey and More Than Just A Game: Football v Apartheid, the Most Important Football Story Ever Told by Chuck Korr and Marvin Close. In 35 years South African football has gone from the wilderness to staging the World Cup; Raymond Whitaker remembers life as a white follower of a largely black sport. A new slave trade: Europe's thirst for young African footballers. Cutting-edge European talent factory Ajax academy trains elite soccer players — starting at age 7. From Forbes, a special report on the most valuable soccer teams. A review of The Fix: Soccer and Organised Crime by Declan Hill. Goldman Sachs may have taken a lot of heat lately, but they may have done themselves a favor by releasing their 2010 World Cup Research Report earlier this month. Beware Wall Street's World Cup predictions. As the 2010 World Cup looms, there's an interesting mismatch between the FIFA's rankings of the soccer powers and, er, real power. The World Cup for everyone else: Before the Big Event, regions and nations not recognized by FIFA pick their own champion. Soccer conquers the world: Financially, politically, culturally, it rules international sport — even in America. A review of The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer by John Doyle. Adidas' Jabulani ball promises higher scores, anguished goalies.
From The Nation, John Palattella on the Death and Life of the Book Review: Newspaper books sections have been ailing for decades, but there's no better time than now for writing about books. Amitav Ghosh and Margaret Atwood's decision not to boycott the Israeli Dan David Prize throws open questions of the public role of writers and the stances they often take with regard to institutions with chequered histories. What exactly is the blockade of Gaza? (and more) As it retreats into greater indifference toward global opinion, Israel has come to rely on cynical appeals to American technophiles and evangelical Christians. From Arts and Opinion, an interview with David Solway, author of Hear, O Israel!; and Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Empathic Civilization, argues that man is empathic, while P. W. Singer says we are Wired for War — can they both be right? Andrea Miller on how to date an Indian (and Neel Shah on how to date a white bitch). From Fast Company, Addy Dugdale on the Bilderberg Group, a real-life Illuminati for conspiracy theorists. From Big Think, special series on Moments of Genius. Returning to the U.S. after a decade of aid work, William Powers finds himself in the heart of the world's richest nation, but living a subsistence life. Craig Seligman reviews The Escape by Adam Thirlwell. Life in a glass house: Why are people so eager to invade their own privacy? Desperately Seeking Sugar Daddies: Looking to give up her day job but maintain a steady income, Vanity Fair's Melanie Berliet joined a Web site where rich older men shop for girlfriends. It’s a funny locution, offshore; as if the rig is an accident of terrestrial displacement, a little patch of shore, really, only it’s off — not at sea, not maritime, and yet, most of oil rigs are ships, properly speaking.
From Human Technology, a special issue on Creativity and Rationale in Software Design. From Ctheory, Bradley Bryan (Victoria): Code and the Technical Provenance of Nihilism; and Christopher Parsons (Victoria): Moving Across the Internet: Code-Bodies, Code-Corpses, and Network Architecture. From LRB, a review essay on the Internet. Technology has one of the most unique life cycles of any organism on the planet, particularly its final step. Daniel Pinchbeck on why the Internet is ground zero in the Global Consciousness War. The Spam Book, with its forays into the anomalous "dark side" of digital networks, provides some nourishing food for thought. What Hath God Wrought: Daniel Walker Howe on how the telegraph was an even more dramatic innovation in its day than the Internet. A review of Artifice and Design: Art and Technology in Human Experience by Barry Allen. Gaming for Good: Can video games inspire altruism? Instant messaging was once tipped to replace e-mail, but recent figures suggest that it has lost ground sharply — why? A review of Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It by Peter Nowak. Does the Internet make you smarter? Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky. Are Google Maps and GPS bad for our brains? From Wired, Nicholas Carr on how the web shatters focus, rewires brains (and more). A review of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Gavin Brown laments the disappearance of the basic programming languages, all but absent in the modern PC. Technology changes how art is created and perceived — but where does art end and amateurism begin?