William H. Starbuck (NYU): How Much Better are the Most Prestigious Journals? The Statistics of Academic Publication. From The Nation, William Deresiewicz on the crisis in higher education: A review essay. Is college a rotten investment? Why student loans are not like subprime mortgages. As the Internet becomes an increasingly important source of material for academic research, librarians try to preserve "ephemera of the Web". A review of Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age by Ann Blair. Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, on the campus Left's nostalgia party. Why are conservatives obsessed with the sex lives of college kids? Laurie Essig on the perversions of campus sexual culture. An interview with Bryant F. Tolles Jr., author of Architecture & Academe: College Buildings in New England Before 1860. Universities around the world sign up for UN Academic Impact. The PhD factory: The world is producing more PhDs than ever before — is it time to stop? How public like a frog: Natalia Cecire on academic blogging. The Shirley Sherrods of Academe: Three days after conservative blogger posted videos of a course, an instructor is no longer employed — even as university finds that statements were "distorted". Our elite schools have abandoned military history: The study of war elucidates some of mankind’s noblest virtues and bitterest vices, so why do colleges seem afraid of it? After ROTC's Return: Getting officer training units back on elite college campuses will mean little unless higher education starts treating military service as a legitimate profession. The real scandal around the endowment by the Koch brothers of two chairs at Florida State University is that state universities now have to seek such outside money and accept strings.
Jonathan Barnett (USC): What’s so Bad About Stealing? The source of our abortion woes: Most think that Planned Parenthood v. Casey upheld abortion rights, but it actually cleared the way for curbing them. What if we can imagine the end of infrastructure? An interview with Christopher Marcinkoski. It might seem quixotic for the International Criminal Court to indict Libya's unrepentant leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, but the call for justice can have a pragmatic effect too. What happened to Air France Flight 447? Two years after it fell out of the sky, the main part of the wreckage has been located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, but will the mystery of the crash ever be solved? May 21: The Rapture meets Maud Newton's 40th Birthday. Bin Laden's "successor": Who is Saif al-Adel? The philosophy of insomnia: Hegel wrote in his Elements of the Philosophy of Right that the owl of Minerva flies only at night — it hoots at insomniacs. Magazine icon Roger Black: The iPad is not a magic pony. The Bin Laden compound is now a virtual training ground for commandos. GeoCurrents looks at the extreme disparities of state revenue. Unfollowed: Spencer Ackerman on how a (possible) social network spy came undone. Is this the real NAFTA Superhighway? A planned pipeline connecting Canada to Texas could pose a real threat, unlike the mythological NAFTA Superhighway. A review of The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth and Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn. Playing it straight: Jamie Lee Curtis Taete on a month of giving up everything gay. Hollywood in Iraq: As the war continued into its fifth and sixth years, an increasing number of films began to deal with the GIs who served in Iraq (less so Afghanistan).
A review of The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy and Reputation. How to unmask the Internet’s vilest characters: The law gives trolls far too much leeway right now. Montaigne’s Moment: Montaigne is often called the first blogger, but his skeptical moderation is in short supply in the blogosphere. The internet as a model of free speech and access is coming to an end, says Tim Wu. The Internet should be fair — not free — to everyone: The heaviest users comprise just two per cent of the total. Is Netflix reducing illicit file sharing? Depends on which stats you believe. Walking the plank: The flawed bipartisan approach to cracking down on Internet piracy. Corporate rule of cyberspace: The arrival of cloud computing is a time for more scrutiny of the entities that direct our virtual lives, writes Slavoj Zizek. How much did social media contribute to revolution in the Middle East? Chris Lehmann on Cyber-Utopianism: Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus is the latest monotonous revery about the Internet social revolution — Evgeny Morozov punctures that bubble (and more and more). Change-Is-Hard.com: Esther Dyson on how the Internet can help foment revolutions, but the hard work of democracy takes place mostly offline. The limits of cyber-revolutions: Public spaces, not virtual town squares, are still the places where uprisings are decided. NPR social-media guru Andy Carvin explains the ethics of Twitter in a time of revolutionary upheaval. If dictators are so fond of the Internet, as some claim, why did Mubarak turn the damn thing off? A look at how natural disasters and political unrest affect the Internet. Cyberwar is harder than it looks: The Internet's vulnerability to attacks has been exaggerated. A new trend known as "offlining" may provide a solution to web-overload, but will disconnecting from the internet even be an option in the future?