From a conference on "The University We Are For", James Clifford on the Greater Humanities. After shootings in Arizona and at Virginia Tech, how can colleges know when, and in what way, to intervene in a troubled student's life? Live like a grad student forever: Oxford academic Toby Ord recommends living on as little as you can and giving away the rest. The rise of clickers is starting to change how college professors run their classrooms. No talking in class: Campus liberals sacrificed free expression on the altar of political correctness. Should computer “languages” qualify as foreign languages for Ph.D.s? It is worthwhile to pause and ask why so many educators are committed to the suspension of religious identity in the classroom. Now you see it, now you don't: Why journals need to rethink retractions. Does Harvard's "affirmative action for the affluent" screw the proles? David Leonhardt revisits the value of elite colleges. An interview with Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman, authors of Why Does College Cost So Much? The Useless University: The ancient tradition of pursuing knowledge for its own sake is slowly, quietly making a comeback. A look at how online courses are still lacking that third dimension. The question of what can be taught or what cannot is an intriguing one, especially around a university. A review of Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President by William G Bowen.
A new issue of Cultural Studies Review is out. Gerald Harrison (Massey) and Julia Tanner (Durham): Better Not to Have Children. From Frontline, a cover story on how fiscal austerity may trigger new recession in some countries, cause prolonged stagnation in some and delay economic recovery in others; the Left's defence of the welfare state is hampered by its inability to suggest an alternative to capitalism where its resistance can succeed; the populist movement in 19th century America had a few irons in the fire of socialism — today's is galvanised by its hatred for socialism; across Britain tempers are running high over the government's decision to cut £81 billion of public spending over the next four years; there is anger in France over Nicolas Sarkozy's move to push up the retirement age by two years; and austerity, which hits the poor and the middle classes, is the new mantra of governments in Europe even as private capital corners stimulus packages. Tim Birkhead, one of the pioneers of spermatology, explains how promiscuous females can be selective about sperm, even after multiple inseminations. A review of The Economics of Hate by Samuel Cameron. From nthposition, a review of Chico Xavier: Medium of the Century by Guy Lyon Playfair; and a review of The Last Greatest Magician in the World: Howard Thurston versus Houdini and the battles of the American wizards by Jim Steinmeyer. At Ashley Madison's website for "dating," the infidelity economy is alive, well, and profitable. From Patrol, could bromance save the world? British scholars are turning to crowdsourcing to help transcribe Jeremy Bentham’s papers. Dean Spade writes a article for those considering law school. From The University Bookman, an interview with John Byron Kuhner, author of Staten Island, or, Life in the Boroughs.
Frank A. Pasquale III (Seton Hall): Trusting (and Verifying) Online Intermediaries' Policing. From the Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology, a special issue on Online Lives, including Ioana Cartarescu (Bucharest): Utility of Online Communities: Ways One Can Benefit From One’s Online Life; Greg Bowe B.A. Mod (TCD): Reading Romance: The impact Facebook rituals can have on a romantic relationship; Gevisa la Rocca (Enna): Follow me on academia.edu: Analysis of a distraction online and of its consequences on daily life; and Iulia Cornigeanu (Bucharest): The Clones: A New Phenomenon in the Literary Environment. From First Monday, Jennifer Golbeck (Maryland): The more people I meet, the more I like my dog: A study of pet-oriented social networks on the Web; and Michael A. Stefanone and Kyounghee Kwon (Buffalo) and Derek Lackaff (Elon): The value of online friends: Networked resources via social network sites. The Social Media Bubble: Social media companies like Twitter are getting huge valuations, but are investors getting in on a boom or setting up a bust? TechCrunch goes inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia. 7 must-read books on the future of the Internet: From retrofuturist media prophecies to the cognitive consequences of mobile-everything. How to make an Internet Top Ten List when you know little about the subject. A look at why the Internet chose cats. A look at 5 terrifying online trends (invented by the news media).