A new issue of Hard News is out. From The Caravan, a cover story on the growing tuberculosis threat; Pratap Bhanu Mehta on why we don’t talk about inequality and how to start again; Gyan Prakash reviews The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee; Meera Subramanian reviews Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India by Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari and Making Peace with the Earth: Beyond Resource, Land and Food Wars by Vandana Shiva; and what if the Indian state is actually not big enough? The Monkeyman of Delhi: Aman Sethi consults a troubled storyteller about the terrifying urban legends proliferating among Delhi's displaced urban poor. How to write about poverty: Martha Nussbaum reviews Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Muslim Slum and Siddhartha Deb’s The Beautiful and the Damned: Life in the New India. An uphill walk: As Indians get richer and better educated, they need to become more public-spirited. Hey India, are you ready for some (American) football? Retrieving a history: Ananya Vajpeyi on why the idea of India cannot be trivially dismissed.
Mary Ann Tetreault (Trinity): Responsibility to Protect from Words and Deeds: Sovereignty, Vulnerability, and Entrepreneurial Politics. Erik Angner (George Mason): Subjective Well-Being: When, and Why, it Matters. From Cracked, Ann Z on 5 random factors that determine whether you succeed in life; and XJ Selman on 7 things you won't believe science says make you happy. From Vanity Fair, how did self-described German hippie Wolfgang Beltracchi pull off one of the biggest, most lucrative cons in art-world history, and how did he get nailed? ZWRRWWWBRZR: That's the sound of the prop-driven XF-84H, and it brought grown men to their knees — it didn't fly all that great either. As the world's population of older people rapidly grows in the coming years, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia will become a health-care disaster. You are not entitled to your opinion — you are only entitled to what you can argue for. Andrew Lam on the genius behind Gangnam Style: A Korean rapper has gotten 430 million Youtube hits by flipping the script of globalization. Business leaders and serial killers share a mindset: Tim Adams reviews The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton.
Hassan H. Elkatawneh (Rockies): The Arab Minority in American Society: Stereotypes and Challenges. Andrew Aoki (Augsburg): The Future of Asian American Politics. Julianne Malveaux on the forgotten African-American education-reform movement of the ’60s and ’70s. From Notre Dame magazine, a special issue on the Irish Among Us, including Liam Farrell on how to be an Irish American is often to be haunted. The myth of the Latino vote: Why do Democrats expect Mexican Americans in Arizona to line up behind a Puerto Rican guy from Harlem? Perhaps no one sums up the native experience and debunks stereotypes more concisely or hilariously than the 1491s. George Yancy on why we need to name whiteness. Heath Brown interviews Wendy Roth, author of Race Migration: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race. Noah Smith on the secret to U.S. growth in the 21st century: More Asians. Diversity spreads to all corners of the U.S.: The number of nearly all-white communities has plummeted since 1980. Bill Moyers interviews Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas on the rise of Hispanic America. Daniel DiSalvo on the Great Remigration: Blacks are abandoning the northern cities that failed them. Amber Frost on white consciousness, hurt feelings, and farting.
Joseph Raz (Oxford): Is There a Reason to Keep Promises? Renata Salecl decries the tyranny of choice and says we now expect long life, a beautiful body, sexual and job satisfaction — but the idea that we can perfect ourselves dooms us to failure and misery. Ryann Liebenthal reviews Theodore Ross, author of Am I a Jew? Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man's Search for Himself. John Scalzi on Gawker, Reddit, free speech and such. Wonky Wikipedia Debate: Editors won't let it be when it comes to “the” or “The”. What adventures are actually left? Tom de Castella and Tom Heyden wonder. From Boing Boing, Cole Stryker how Anonymous broke its own rules to break free. The Modern Monastery: Casey N. Cep on Pussy Riot in prison. From The American Interest, Jonathan P. Caulkins, Angela Hawken, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman on a voter’s guide to legalizing marijuana. How do you go about having a Near-Death Experience on purpose? Apparently it's way easier than the Joel Schumacher movie Flatliners would have you believe. Did the dead American billionaire Eva Rausing know who killed Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme?
Meg Leta Ambrose (Colorado): You Are What Google Says You Are: The Right to Be Forgotten and Information Stewardship. From New Scientist, handle the truth: A special section on navigating knowledge in the web age. The miracle of everything anywhere anytime: Let’s stop moping for a moment to remember what infoscarcity felt like. An excerpt from This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World’s Information by Andy Greenberg. We like to believe that more information allows us to make more informed decisions, to be more knowledgeable — that's wrong: knowledge does not grow with information access. Knowledge is power?: Douglas Merrill on why those days are long gone. A review of A Social History of Knowledge, Volume II: From the Encyclopedie to Wikipedia by Peter Burke. Ronald Bailey reviews The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman (and more). The cost of useless information: Philip Ball on how machines are efficient only if they collect information that helps them predict the future. Neal Thompson interviews Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't (and more and more). Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil on the data scientist, the sexiest job of the 21st century.