A new issue of First Monday is out. Jason Mazzone (Illinois): Facebook's Afterlife. Why the social media revolution is about to get a little less awesome: Social media is about to get much more annoying, and it's all Facebook's fault (kinda). Do we know too much about our friends? Erin Ryan on Facebook, politics and the messiness of online debates. Frictionless sharing is simply a way of forcibly mobilising a user base, writes George Osborn — claims that it’s somehow useful or more natural are bunk. From Wired, Cade Metz profiles Eric Bewer, the man who’s rewiring Google from the inside out. Robert Epstein on the case for hawkish regulation: Regulatory agencies have been nipping at Google’s heels, but they need to go straight for the throat. Left alone by its owner, Reddit soars. Sara Morrison on building a community 140 characters at a time. Your tweet counts: The Internet is a never-ending election — policymakers should pay attention. Who and what are Anonymous? Carole Cadwalladr talks to some of the “hacktivists” and the experts who tracked them down in the deep web. The Grandma Party Hotline is the weirdest place on the Internet.
A new issue of The Journal of Pan African Studies is out. Anna Kornbluh (Illinois): Enjoying Law: Psychoanalysis and Sovereign Bodies. From Big Think, Andrew Cohen on a new kind of human being. Mega-Merger: European aerospace giants EADS and BAE Systems, which sell a wide range of products, from military sensors to passenger airliners, on the international market, are preparing to merge — here’s what to look for in the weeks ahead as the deal is forged. The sabermetricians: Nate Cohn reviews The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns by Sasha Issenberg. Is gratitude queen of the virtues? Robert Emmons wonders. Online customer service experiences are often enough to make you want to purchase a large mallet from the local hardware store and whack yourself in the forehead with it — but if recent experience is any indication, that’s all changing now, for the better, via Twitter. The CIA burglar who went rogue: Douglas Groat thought he understood the risks of his job — until he took on his own employer. Uttara Natarajan reviews Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations by Shahidha K. Bari.
A new issue of the Latin American Journal of Economics is out. Mauricio Losada Otalora (Andes) and Lourdes Casanova (INSEAD): Resources and Internationalization Strategies: The Case of Latin American Multinationals. From Democracy Digest, an article on Peru’s resource curse. Contrary to popular belief, the best leader in the world is not Barack Obama — the greatest head of state these days is Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s president. Nancy Birdsall on Latin America’s inclusive middle class. Frank Jacobs on the phantom island of Brazil. Riches beckon from beneath Haiti’s hills, and mining companies are hoping to lock in huge tax breaks to get at them. The Holy See has withdrawn the titles of “Pontifical” and “Catholic” from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Where does Latin America stand when it comes to contributing peacekeepers to United Nations (UN) missions? Arch Puddington on Latin America’s wavering democracies. Dan La Botz on how Mexico’s PRI is back — and the left is in disarray. Faced with tighter border controls in Europe, African migrants are viewing Latin America as the gateway to the American Dream.
Jens David Ohlin (Cornell): The Duty to Capture. From Colloquy, a special section on Pastoral Echoes. From Aeon, the 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp — but are we ready for freedom from toil? John Quiggin wants to know. A review of Literary Names: Personal Names in English Literature by Alistair Fowler. From e-flux, Lawrence Liang on how the utopian ideal of the library was to bring together everything that we know of the world; but like its predecessors in Alexandria and Babel the project is destined to be incomplete, haunted by what it necessarily leaves out and misses. Timothy Spangler reviews Wealth and Poverty: A New Edition for the Twenty-First Century by George Gilder and Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. A look at how the most successful presidents could be the ones who exhibit psychopath-like traits. From First Things, David Bentley Hart on brilliantly bad books. Pamela Haag writes in defense of lust: An essay, and polemic. Richard Bosworth reviews Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A New History of Power by David Priestland.
Stephen E. Sachs (Duke): Constitutional Backdrops. Bertrall L. Ross (UC-Berkeley): The Representative Government Principle. Monroe H. Freedman (Hofstra): The Unconstitutionality of Electing State Judges. The incoherence of Antonin Scalia: Richard A. Posner reviews Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner (and more and more and more on the Scalia-Posner war and why it matters). William A. Schambra on the origins and revival of constitutional conservatism, 1912 and 2012. Abortion and the courts: Michael Fragoso on a brief political history of judicial conservatism. A review of The Upside-Down Constitution by Michael S. Greve. Randy Barnett reviews America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By by Akhil Reed Amar. A review of The Limits of Judicial Independence by Tom S. Clark. President Obama will likely end his term with more vacancies on the federal bench than when he started — the long-term consequences could be severe. Scott Lemieux reviews The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. From Cracked, a look at the 5 most terrifying Supreme Court decisions.
From Sapiens, a special issue on the work of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and its Commissions. Want to encourage eco-friendly behavior? Give consumers a nudge — don't tell them what to do. From Swans, Michael Barker on Regina Cochrane's critique of famed eco-activist Vandana Shiva. Matt Skenazy on the cheapest way to fight climate change: Block out the Sun. An interview with Peter McManners, author of Fly and Be Damned: What Now for Aviation and Climate Change? Robin Kundis Craig on why climate change means the death of sustainability. The sixth extinction menaces the very foundations of culture: Human culture is profoundly rooted in nature, yet human activity endangers the survival of entire species of plants and animals. From FDL, a book salon on Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point by Subhankar Banerjee. From HBR, Andrew Winston on how politicians who deny climate change cannot be "pro-business". The end of global warming: Noah Smith on how to save the Earth in 2 easy steps. Tales on Dark Mountain: Is there anything left for the green movement to do but assuage its grief in ritual and myth?
A new issue of the Journal of Social Research and Policy is out. DeLeith Duke Gossett (Texas Tech): If Charity Begins at Home, Why Do We Go Searching Abroad? A Call to Sunset the Portion of the Federal Adoption Tax Credit that Subsidizes International Adoptions. In sickness and in health: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith on why leaders keep their illnesses secret. From the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth Century Philosophy, here is the entry on Nietzsche by Brian Leiter. Is the government making D.C. rich? A lot of the typical explanations for D.C.'s wealth don't check out — but one does. Sam Wren-Lewis reviews Happiness and the Good Life by Mike W. Martin. Nudge or think: What works best for our society? Arcangelo Dimico reviews An Economic History of Organized Crime: A National and Transnational Approach by Dennis M.P. McCarthy. Logan Albright on three things the American people don’t understand about trade. The introduction to On Settling by Robert E. Goodin. Your body doesn't lie: People ignore political ads of candidates they oppose. Here’s to you, Mr. Overly Enthusiastic Dick Pic Sender — because why should you keep it in your pants?
From Big Think, Pamela Haag on why Americans should care more about sports than politics. I can't stop rooting for lousy sports teams and I love it. The Cubs of college football: How the once formidable Fighting Irish became the Midwest’s lovable losers. The unsung hero of college football: Charles P. Pierce in praise of Justin Smith Morrill, a lawmaker from Vermont. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but this is wild: A Texas high school unveils a $59.6 million super stadium. Change of venue: Shape-shifting stadiums could transform the way we watch sports. Come on Barack, let’s nationalize this shit: Rudi Batzell on a modest proposal to save the National Football League. Unnecessary roughness: Benjamin J. Dueholm on the moral hazards of football. Football is dead — long live football: J.R. Moehringer on concussions, lawsuits, death — but fans are still cheering. Cage match: Matthew Shaer on how science is transforming the sport of MMA fighting. A review of Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague by Marc Perelman. A review of Why the Olympics Aren’t Good for Us, And How They Can Be by Mark Perryman. At the Olympics, 26 sports vied for our attention — but which is the best sport of all?
Barak Orbach (Arizona): What Is Regulation? From Lo Squaderno, a special issue on urban rhetorics. From Carnegie Council, a series of interviews for a Thought Leaders Forum, including Kwame Anthony Appiah, Steve Coll, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Michael Walzer. From Standpoint, whatever happened to the art of oratory? Andrew Gimson on how the need to provide soundbites while avoiding "gaffes" has reduced politicians' speeches to intolerable banality; and can Romney spring an October surprise? Andrew Roberts wants to know. For almost ten years, Mitt Romney led the Mormon church in Boston, shouldering the needs of his community — is this the same man now running for president as a champion of individualism? From Dummies.com, Martin Cohen on how to survive compulsory college philosophy courses. What's wrong with blasphemy: Suppose there had not been a single riot in response to "The Innocence of Muslims" — would the makers of the film have done anything wrong? University Against efficiency: Stephen Henighan argues that efficiency has become a core value that heightens social divisions.
From the latest issue of Military Review, Michael W. Symanski (USAR): The Next Time We Reinvent Someone Else’s Country. From Joint Force Quarterly, Milan Vego on science vs. the art of war; and Francis P. Sempa reviews The Shaping of Grand Strategy: Policy, Diplomacy, and War. Strategic Error: Robert Haddick on when the big picture misses the point. Shipping out: Are aircraft carriers becoming obsolete? Robert Farley on why aircraft carriers sail on. An interview with Andrew Polsky, author of Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War (and part 2). Monopolizing war: Tom Engelhardt on what America knows how to do best. Meike de Goede reviews Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important Than Winning Them by David Keen. Joel H. Rosenthal on Peace: What is it good for? A review of The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq by John Gittings (and more on the history of peace thought East and West and its lessons for today). A world without war: The massively multiplayer online consultancy Wikistrat recently conducted a week long crowd-sourced brainstorming exercise to plot out a plausible range of caveats to the conventional wisdom that is the democratic peace theory.