From ProPublica, Lois Beckett on everything we know about what data brokers know about you. Can evil data scientists fool us all with the world’s best spam? Tom Slee reviews To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov (and more and more). Evgeny Morozov on the wrong way to discuss new technologies — as illustrated by anti-noise campaigns from the early 20th century. Net benefits: How to quantify the gains that the internet has brought to consumers. Arctic Steampunk: Scott Smith on the new age of cold weather data infrastructure. Zachary Spicer reviews Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity by Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert and William W. Franko. Laurence Scott reviews Who Owns The Future? by Jaron Lanier. Katherine Maher on the New Westphalian Web: The future of the Internet may lie in the past — and that's not a good thing.
Matt Motyl (Virginia): If He Wins, I'm Moving to Canada: Ideological Migration Following the 2012 US Presidential Election. When disgraced South Carolina governor Mark Sanford decided to run for office again, he asked his ex-wife, Jenny, for her blessing — whether he has her vote is another matter. The Global GoTo Think Tank Index is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks. UFOs, Bigfoot and booze — this is National Geographic? Brad Littlejohn on an Idiot’s Guide to the Late Great Natural Law Debate. If you only listen to one radio programme this week, make it the latest edition of BBC Radio 4's Analysis on the under-explored science of gender. A new map has been made of the first trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang.
Daniel F. Vukovich (Hong Kong): China as Humanist Exemplum. From the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, a special issue on the politics of ethnicity in China. From The American Conservative, Ron Unz on how Social Darwinism made modern China: A thousand years of meritocracy shaped the Middle Kingdom. Tongdong Bai reviews Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy by Stephen C. Angle. Why is “Confucian culture” so wildly successful? Income inequality on the rise in China: Although statistics are sketchy, the chasm between rich and poor seems to have widened. Is China’s Communist Party choking? Brock M. Erdahl reviews China in World History by Paul S. Ropp. A player, but no superpower: Andrew S. Erickson and Adam P. Liff on why China's military is a threat to its neighbors, but shouldn't concern the United States on its home turf.
Joel B. Cohen and H. Russell Bernard (Florida): Evolutionary Psychology and Consumer Behavior: A Constructive Critique. From the Graduate Journal of Social Science, a special issue on Sexuality in Focus. Social scientist Albert Hirschman is well served by his biographer: John Lloyd reviews Worldly Philosopher by Jeremy Adelman. Seth Mnookin interviews Nate Silver on baseball, online poker, politics and the New York Times. From Forward, Palestine might still be a better name than Israel: Why the naming of countries can be a difficult matter; and Prisoner X and the Letter of Mystery: Why the alphabet’s 24th letter designates the nameless. From New Left Project, Jason Hickel and Arsalan Khan on the “Harlem Shake” and the Western illusion of freedom. Birther hypocrisy: Right wing has no problem with Canadian-born Senator Ted Cruz running for president.
Aleisha Karjala (USAO): Political Science's Contribution to General Education at Liberal Arts Colleges. Carol Geary Schneider on Eric Cantor’s attack on social science research. When someone attacks physics, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is there to defend it — but who comes to the defense of political science? Budget hawks' plans to cut funding for political and social science aren't just short-sighted and simple-minded — they'll actually hurt national security. The American Political Science Association releases a statement on how the Senate delivered a devastating blow to the integrity of the scientific process (and more at the Chronicle of Higher Education and more at Inside Higher Ed). Daniel W. Drezner on why political science can drive political scientists to drink: “We could have the best arguments in the world and still recognize that political science is good and truly fked”.