Victor Olivieri (Florida): The Changing of a Flag and the Changing of a Nation: Meaning-Making in Spain and How a Soccer Team Changed State Identity. Federalism and the future of Spain: Nowadays Spain has to find a new way to structure itself and find new procedures to negotiate the future organisation of the country (and part 2). Jesus A. Valero Matas, Juan R. Coca, and Sergio Miranda Castaneda (Valladolid): The Migratory Flows in Spain: An Analysis of the Migration and Immigration Input from European Union. Andrea Elteto (HAS): Immigrants in Spain: Their Role in the Economy and the Effects of the Crisis. Keep up reform momentum: James Daniel discusses what is needed for Spain to firmly put the crisis behind it. Dispatches from Spain: How does a Socialist government cope with 20 percent unemployment? From New Left Review, Isidro Lopez and Emmanuel Rodriguez on The Spanish Model. Want to understand Spain’s economic rollercoaster ride since 1998? Forget the academia, Aleix Salo’s comic-book take on it, Espanistan, will tell you all you need to know. Does Bilbao need another Guggenheim? The use of fancy architecture to boost economic development has diminishing returns and is increasingly quaint. God’s Engineer: As celebrity architects create increasingly fantastical cityscapes, it’s worth remembering why Gaudi remains unmatched. Shareable: Spaniards trade cars for lifetime trolley pass. The sun shines bright on this 90-mile stretch of Mediterranean seaside villages that has been for nearly three millennia the summer playground for Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Moors, and Spaniards — here come the gays. El Hierro, an island in the wind: Inhabitants of the smallest of the Canary islands tame the elements to generate renewable energy.
From Books & ideas, in the human and social sciences, the pervasiveness of the notion of disaster is an indication that a true paradigm is developing, which seeks to replace the paradigm of risk on which the modern project was constructed; and the more disasters there are, the less we seem able to learn from them — our faith in progress and our concern for economic efficiency make it clear that, contrary to postmodernist claims, we have not escaped from the illusions of modernity. As former vice president Dick Cheney releases his memoir, it's useful to recall the many reasons why the vast majority of Americans disapproved of his tenure. So close, and yet so far away: Jesse Bering on the contorted history of autofellatio. Can people learn to forego the temptations, the heroin-like rewards of being able to reform the world to your own advantage in order to instead make something sustainable? Jaron Lanier on the Local-global Flip. The North Dakota Paradox: The relationship between Mr. Obama’s approval ratings and the economic performance of each state has been either neutral or somewhat inversely correlated. The non-scenic route to the place we’re going anyway: John Lanchester on the global economy. The key to productivity is working less: Breaks, vacations, and slacking off get more done than overtime does by keeping people alert and focused. A review of Agriculture in World History by Mark B. Tauger. Giants on Earth: Do the descendants of Gigantopithecus still walk among us? A review of College Sex: Philosophers With Benefits. Permanent Palin: The most polarizing figure in American politics is never going away. Why good advertising works (even when you think it doesn't): From Best Buy to Old Spice, these 11 great spots show why Madison Avenue is still a $70 billion business.
From First Monday, Robert W. Gehl (Utah): Ladders, Samurai, and Blue Collars: Personal Branding in Web 2.0; Kalev Leetaru (Illinois): Culturomics 2.0: Forecasting Large-scale Human Behavior Using Global News Media Tone in Time and Space; and Jana Bradley, Bruce Fulton, Marlene Helm, and Katherine A. Pittner (Arizona): Non-traditional Book Publishing. From Vanity Fair, is Groupon's idiosyncratic CEO, Andrew Mason — an accordion-playing, ever paranoid prankster — ready to move Groupon forward and fight off a horde of copycats? The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter: Kickstarter leverages the free-for-all ethos of the Internet to turn unlikely ideas into reality — but someone still has to be in charge. From Psychology Today, is your mind at odds with the online world? From On the Media, a series on the monolithic impact Google has on our lives for better and for worse. Why software is eating the world: Far from a bubble, we're watching a new generation of tech start-ups realize the Web's original potential. Information Designer: In the golden age of data visualization, Ben Fry helps designers think like programmers, and vice versa. Who's afraid of digital natives? Let's not get intimidated by kids and their Internet savvy. A review of Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick. Many of us have a social media presence, but what happens to that personality after you've died? Google This: The Internet is changing our brains — but so what? (and more) Through the power of Auto-Tune, the Gregory Brothers are making viral video hits; their songs are as unshakable as the common cold, but a lot more fun. Will new top level domains end the rent-seeking of domain name speculators? The days of scarce domain names — and the gatekeepers who hoard them — may soon be over (and more).