A new issue of Americana is out. Victor C. Romero (PSU): Decriminalizing Border Crossings. Drury D. Stevenson (South Texas): Two Thought Experiments on Immigration Reform. From Granta, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera discusses the hispanicisation of the US. Jamie Winders (Syracuse) and Barbara Ellen Smith (VPI): New Pasts: Historicizing Immigration, Race, and Place in the South. Celebrating secession without the slaves: As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War gets under way, some are planning to celebrate the days of secession. Stephanie McCurry on the Confederacy, America's worst idea. If the media want to focus on embarrassing frisks, they should look at what black and Hispanic Americans routinely deal with, courtesy of the police department. Algeria Ford (Louisville): The Myth of Tribal Sovereignty: An Analysis of Native American Tribal Status in the United States. A review of Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans. Crime is rampant, the cops and courts are a joke — that's why residents of Oklahoma's Indian nations turn to a bruiser-for-hire like Ruben. A review of In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided by Walter R. Echo-Hawk. Thanksgiving guilt trip: How warlike were Native Americans before Europeans showed up? From Time, an article on Arab-Americans as Detroit's unlikely saviors. Make like the Jews: Everything that is currently being said about America’s vast and diverse Muslim population — that they are “foreign and exotic and un-American” — was said about Jewish immigrants nearly a century ago. A review of Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America by Dante Chinni and James Gimpel (and more).
Paul Bracken (Yale): Scholars and Security. From World Policy Journal, a series of articles on Archiving in the 21st Century. Monetizing the celebrity meltdown: How Tom Barrack and Rob Lowe are making money off of distressed celebrities. From Ars Technica, Walker White on Getting to QED: Informal logic and online argumentation, deduction and arguments, analogies and argument, and making analogies precise. Retiring minds ought to know: Think your working life is almost over? Think again. From State of Nature, a system lacking in authenticity: Its necessity for war proves that Power has come to rest, not on an economic system that works on its own, but upon the accumulated violence this economic system has delivered to its protagonists. Localities the nation over can’t afford to fill potholes or keep libraries open, yet top corporate execs are continuing to stuff their pockets with our tax dollars. The world's most controversial vacations: From boycotts to embargoes, these destinations promise more than just rest and relaxation. Al Qaeda's edgy new online magazine Inspire is raising alarms by trying to recruit alienated American Muslims. From the fringe to the mainstream: How “scandals” of dubious validity or relevance end up attracting so much media attention. Where are the conservative novelists? Think about the politics of today’s universities, and it is not surprising that creative-writing programs produce so few conservatives.
Bernardo A. Huberman (Hewlett-Packard): Social Media and the Paradox of Cooperation. Jeanette Hofmann (WZB): The Libertarian Origins of Cybercrime: Unintended Side-Effects of a Political Utopia. Daithi Mac Sithigh (UEA): More than Words: The Introduction of Internationalised Domain Names and the Reform of Generic Top-Level Domains at ICANN. Munchausen by Internet: Technology has provided a new arena — and new victims — of an old syndrome. The internet’s new billion: New web users — in countries like Brazil and China — are changing the culture of the internet. The Autocrat's Algorithm: Is Google News helping to spread propaganda? A call for continued open standards and neutrality: The Web is critical not merely to the digital revolution but to our continued prosperity and even our liberty — like democracy itself, it needs defending. The Invasion of the Cookie Monsters: Jack Shafer on whom to blame for the loss of our Internet privacy. The end of Internet history? Tim Wu responds to Scott Woolley's review of his new book, The Master Switch. As books turn into data and tweets are archived for posterity, how will readers and academics cope with the detritus of a digital age? An interview with Johnny Ryan, author of A History of the Internet and the Digital Future. Is the Web dead or is it being reborn? The Web is (not) dead — if you believe Scientific American, not Wired. What does the future of the Internet look like? From NYRB, a review of Googled by Ken Auletta and The Shallows by Nicholas Carr.
From Fennia: International Journal of Geography, Elen-Maarja Trell and Bettina van Hoven (Groningen): Making Sense of Place: Exploring Creative and (Inter)Active Research Methods with Young People. Inside the wild, wacky, profitable world of Boing Boing: It's eccentric, it's unprofessional, and it makes money — how four people who do exactly what they want run one of the most popular blogs on the planet. A review of And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with Top Humor Writers About Their Craft by Mike Sacks. From First Things, David Hart on anarcho-monarchism and J.R.R. Tolkien; and Maureen Mullarkey on how modernity offers uneasy secularists two seductive hedges: aestheticism and Buddhism. A review of Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind by Gene Logsdon. Towards the space of the general: Keti Chukhrov on labor beyond materiality and immateriality. Information overload, the early years: Five centuries years ago, a new technology swamped the world with data — what we can learn from the aftermath. Bruce Bartlett on how the "starve the beast" is an unproven deficit management theory that is more bull than it is believable. A happy collision: The future of the rugby scrum is being considered by research into the long-term effects on the body. A review of Globalizing Beauty: Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century. “Who am I without you?”: A look at the influence of romantic breakup on the self-concept.
Kim Forde-Mazrui (Virginia): Tradition as Justification: The Case of Different-Sex Marriage. From NYRB, a review essay on marriage. A review of More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss by Rebecca Davis. A review of A History of Marriage by Elizabeth Abbott. 5 expectations marriage doesn't meet: The fantasy of marriage looks a lot different from reality. Leo and Sonya Tolstoy clung to marriage as a transcendental ideal, but its lived reality, as Vivian Gornick explains, nearly destroyed them. More on Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb. You don’t have to be a heartbreaker: There’s life out there for marriage; a case for some cultural — country — confidence. Is marriage obsolete? A new study suggests that young people are waiting to tie the knot — if they ever decide to do so. Housewives of God: Priscilla Shirer believes a Christian woman should submit to her husband’s authority — but while she’s teaching the gospel, Mr. Shirer doesn’t mind doing the dishes. Marriage has never been quite as simple as one man, one woman and a desire to procreate; across cultures, family structure varies drastically. Helen Fisher on the New Monogamy: Forward to the past. Marina Adshade on the economics of monogamy and polygyny. Letter from Papua New Guinea: Polygamy and tradition make life complicated. Mark D. White examines the ethics of adultery — you may be surprised! False confessions, graphic testimony, framed spouses and "unknown blondes": A history of the difficulty in getting divorced, and how it could now change. The Marriage Myth: Why do so many couples divorce? Maybe they just don't know how to be married. The frugal divorcee: Sandra Tsing Loh on how to survive and even thrive in the new age of austerity.