Aspasia Tsaoussi (AUTh): Facebook, Privacy and the Challenges of Protecting Minors on Social Networking Sites. From The New Yorker, a woman’s place: Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture? From Business Week, why Facebook needs Sheryl Sandberg: Mark Zuckerberg's second-in-command provides "adult supervision" at the company, trying to keep growth at an optimum level. Investigating Facebook: Shane Witnov on the ethics of using social networking websites in legal investigations. David Soskin on what (not) to do to succeed online, and how to learn from Google and Facebook. The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace: It once promised to redefine music, politics, dating, and pop culture; Rupert Murdoch fell in love with it — then everything fell apart. Social media confronts us with how little control we have over our public identity, which is put into play and reinterpreted and tossed around while we watch. Life As a Stock Photo: Social media makes it seem natural and validating that one could consider selling one's snapshots to marketers and publishers so that they could be used for some commercial purpose. Here are 5 reasons Twitter isn't actually overthrowing governments. Mind control and the Internet: A review of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You by Eli Pariser (and more and more and more) and You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier. Some traditional critics would have you believe the Internet is an intellectual wasteland — they are so wrong. Blogmanship: How to win arguments on the Internet without really knowing what you are talking about.
Liyakat Takim (McMaster): The Ground Zero Mosque Controversy: Implications for American Islam. From State of Nature, smoke and mirrors: John Ripton on national debt and economic recovery. Peter Diamond, Goodwin Liu, Dawn Johnsen: Why can't Obama get his nominees confirmed? Divine Inspiration: How Catholicism made Marshall McLuhan one of the twentieth century’s freest and finest thinkers. The most pronounced development in banking today is that executives have become bolder as their business has gotten worse. Re-Assassination of Trotsky: A review in a leading journal identifies numerous errors in a widely praised biography — Scott McLemee goes in search of some answers. Joseph Stiglitz on the ideological crisis of Western capitalism. Daily Kos: A look at how Markos Moulitsas's website changed politics. All they want is the truth: At an unconventional convention in Atlanta in February, conspiracy theorists, UFO researchers, alternative medicine advocates, new patriots, and paranormalists came together to share their “alternative knowledge” with one another and the world. If you want to understand why cutting the deficit is so hard, you can’t do much better than to look at the Business Roundtable. Kevin Drum on how "deficit reduction" = spending cuts on social programs for the young and the poor. Paul Campos on Casey Anthony and Dominique Strauss-Kahn: How their cases show the system works.
The first chapter from A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis. Paleogenomic Puzzles: DNA sequences of extinct hominins could rewrite human ancestry. A new study casts new light on the intermingling and migration of European, Middle Eastern and African populations since ancient times. An Amazonian tribe has been discovered that has no concept of time or dates, scientists say. Blood may not always be thicker than water, if a controversial finding from one of the world's best-preserved Stone Age settlements is to be believed. Research finds humans are evolving more slowly than previously predicted. Were you born selfish? An interview with Frans de Waal. Are we built to run barefoot? Humans may have been built to run barefoot, but we did not evolve to run barefoot with bad form. A review of The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn. Humans and why they triumphed: How did one ape 45,000 years ago happen to turn into a planet dominator? The answer lies in an epochal collision of creativity. A thirst for fairness and an innate distaste for hierarchical extremes may have helped Homo sapiens survive. Social Darwinism: A review of How Many Friends Does One Person Need? Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks by Robin Dunbar. The Human Skin Condition: Mother Nature gave us pimples, and then she made us self-conscious about them. Early members of the genus Homo, possibly direct ancestors of people today, may have evolved in Asia and then gone to Africa, not vice versa as many scientists have assumed. An interview with Mark Changizi, author of Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man. A look at amazing hunter-gatherer societies still in existence.