Ira P. Robbins (American): What Is the Meaning of “Like”?: The First Amendment Implications of Social-Media Expression. Mudra Mukesh and Dilney Goncalves (IEBS): The Curse of Online Friends: The Detrimental Effects of Online Social Network Usage on Well-Being. From the International Journal of Internet Science, Galit Nimrod (Ben-Gurion): Challenging the Internet Paradox: Online Depression Communities and Well-Being; and Constantin M. Bosancianu (CEU), and Steve Powell and Esad Bratovic (proMENTE): Social Capital and Pro-Social Behavior Online and Offline. Andrea Peterson on the four lamest excuses in MIT’s report on Aaron Swartz. Trial by Twitter: Ariel Levy on the Steubenville rape case online. Should Reddit be blamed for the spreading of a smear? Jay Caspian Kang investigates. Does anything go? Bridget Todd on the rise and fall of a racist corner of Reddit. Is there room for racism on Reddit? Claire Hardaker on Internet trolls: A guide to the different flavours. Star Wars: Tom Vanderbilt on how online review culture is dotted with black holes of bad taste. Exposed: The dark side of the internet, where you can buy drugs, sex and indecent images. Kevin Poulsen on the Secret Service agent who collared cybercrooks by selling them fake IDs. Glenn Greenwald on how the NSA tool XKeyscore collects “nearly everything a user does on the internet”.
A new issue of the Journal of Conflictology is out. Paul J. Heald (Illinois): How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear (and How Secondary Liability Rules Help Resurrect Old Songs). We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements; Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention. Bradford DeLong on why Obama should pick Summers to lead the Fed: If times were normal, first choice among the Fab Five would be Yellen. Who has a woman problem? Emma Carmichael investigates. Irin Carmon on things that look like feminism but aren’t. Don't ignore the trolls — feed them until they explode. The future of advertising agencies: Omnicom and Publicis are combining to try to stay on top of a rapidly changing industry, but sheer size will be no guarantee of success. Andrew O’Hehir on the age of revolution, 1989-2013 and counting: From the Berlin Wall to Cairo, we live in an era of anti-authoritarian revolution that may transform the world. Ezra Klein on the problem with covering policy as politics: Does every new policy idea really need Republican support to be taken seriously? Francis Wilkinson on how guns are for white people. In the secret state: Public opinion may be shifting, at last, against government intrusiveness. Stan Persky on re-re-reading Gore Vidal: A first anniversary requiem and a remembrance of what he really stood for.
Chios C. Carmody (UWO): The Shirts on Our Backs: The Rana Plaza Disaster, Interdependence, and the Shifting Locus of Responsibility. Christopher David Ruiz Cameron (Southwestern): The Rule of Law Goes to Work: How Collective Bargaining May Promote Access to Justice in the U.S., Canada, and Around the World. Judy Fudge (Victoria) and Guy Mundlak (Tel Aviv): Justice in a Globalizing World: Resolving Conflicts Involving Workers Rights beyond the Nation State. Avery Kolers (Louisville): How Sweatshops are Immoral. Evgeny Kuzmin on how migrant workers are finding opportunity in the Russian Far East. 10 hardest working countries: Where in the world do workers toil the most each year? Jason Hickel on why it's time for a global minimum wage: Capitalism has been globalised, but the rules that protect people from capitalism have not. These miserable Chinese factory workers suffer for your cheap iPhones. Matthew Yglesias on how Apple is stealing wages from Apple Store employees. What is life like for an Amazon worker? Hamilton Nolan investigates. Think your office is soulless? Check out this Amazon fulfillment center. After decades of decline, black lung on the rise in Eastern Kentucky. A movement of one-day strikes carried out across the country by low-wage fast-food workers is gaining steam (and more at Vice and more by Kevin Drum).