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.