Gwen Bouvier (Glamorgan): How Facebook Users Select Identity Categories for Self-presentation. Rob Horning on social graph vs. social class. Is Facebook making us lonely? For all the connectivity of the social-media age, research suggests that we have never been lonelier. Can one Facebook group make a sexual map of the world? How the biggest Facebook group ever never was. Gawker goes inside Facebook's outsourced anti-porn and gore brigade, where "camel toes" are more offensive than "crushed heads". Kathy Benjamin on 9 ways Facebook is changing people’s lives. Facebook has the power of a nation state, but is it living up to its moral responsibilities? A look at why Facebook poses a far greater threat to the Web than Apple (and more). Facebook for the rich and famous: An interview with Matt Quinn. Rise of the Facebook-killers: At the pinnacle of the social network's success, its critics are busy building its replacements. Facebook IPO: How much money does the social network make off each user? Jack Stuef on the dark side of Facebook memes. No one is really looking at the bigger, underlying picture, the fact that social curation isn’t really social at all — it’s not social, it’s selfish.
From the latest issue of the Forum for Inter-American Research, Jonathan Hart (Alberta): Haunted by Spain: The Past and Identities in English and French America; and Livia Savelkova (Pardubice): Indigenous Peoples: Creating New “Borderlines“? Facing the Camera: How much does a photograph really capture the essence of a person? From The Philosopher's Stone, Robert Paul Wolff on a critique of Keynes (and part 2 and part 3). Joel Osteen worships himself: At a D.C. rally, it's clear that the megachurch pastor's childlike faith is really about the power of narcissism. A review of Language: The Cultural Tool by Daniel Everett (and more and more). From Lapham’s Quarterly, body language: Arika Okrent on what hand motions can teach us about language, ethnicity and assimilation. Graca Machel, the renowned humanitarian and activist, is to be the new president of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. A review of The Myth of Sex Addiction by David J. Ley. On Los Angeles New Yorkifying: If skyscrapers popped up and mass transit displaced cars, would Hollywood lose its charm, or just become more livable?
From The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann on Timothy Noah, Charles Murray, and the politics of America’s inequality. An interview with Frances Fox Piven on rising inequality, poverty, and the condition of the safety net, as well as her sudden and un-intentioned notoriety. US radicals came up a century ago with sound proposals for a maximum income, enforced through progressive taxation, to ensure that the rich couldn’t so easily buy political influence, as well as to adjust inequality. Felix Salmon on how the 1% think about their wealth. The big split: Alec MacGillis on why the hedge fund world loved Obama in 2008 — and viscerally despises him today. Too crooked to fail: Bank of America has defrauded everyone from investors and insurers to homeowners and the unemployed — so why does the government keep bailing it out? If a blunder you committed cost your employer $4 million, how long would you stay employed? In America today, a CEO can cost his company $4 billion and still collect both a paycheck and a bonus. Michael Kazin on why "crony capitalism" is as American as apple pie. A review of American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own by Stuart Banner.