Patrick R. Coad, Allan Gregory Auclair, Clint Cottam, and Clayton B. Davis (Indiana): Twitter as an Indicator of Bilateral Relations: National Boundaries and Online Behavior. From Daily Dot, Cole Stryker on the myth of the meritocratic Web. Wikipedia looks like it may soon become a victim of its own success: The free encyclopedia, with more than 4 million articles, is nearing completion. What would happen if Wikipedia died? Behind the predictive future of search: Dieter Bohn on how Google learned to un-fragment itself and create the next big thing. From Daily Dot, Kevin Morris on the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery. Own a piece of disgusting Internet history with your very own goatse email address. You can’t say that on the Internet: Hip Silicon Valley is actually imposing prudish strictures on billions of technology users worldwide. The real threat to Internet freedom isn't the United Nations: Governments are cooperating on surveillance in other, less obvious ways. Kill the password: Mat Honan on why a string of characters can’t protect us anymore (and more). Lydia DePillis on the end of .com hegemony and the coming URL gold rush.

Amikar Parwar (Chanakya): Laws Against Homosexuality and Suicide: Legal and Moral Aspects. Are “geek” and “nerd” now positive terms? Kathryn Westcott wonders. Jules Pretty reviews An Ecology of Happiness by Eric Lambin. Return trip: A new generation of researchers is heading into the weird world of psychedelic drugs — it could change their minds. I punched Danzig in the face: An interview with Danny Marianino, author of Don't Ever Punch a Rockstar: A Collection of Hate Mail and Other Crazy Rumors (and an apology). The culture war of national security: Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni on why civil libertarians can’t win in the fight against an expanded security state — and why we can blame Caesar. What's behind the Right's “Obama is gay” conspiracy? The noble and the base: A review essay on Poland and the Holocaust by John Connelly. Are Harvard Business School students taught anything of real world value? Claude R. Marx reviews Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There by Peter Hannaford. Vanessa Barford on Etsy, Folksy and the mania for making crafts. The shocking yawn: Raymond Tallis takes on the strange case of Damien H.

Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): The 2012 Voting Wars, Judicial Backstops, and the Resurrection of Bush v. Gore. The mystery of the pro-Obama dark-money group: The 2012 campaign's most secretive nonprofit wasn't Crossroads GPS or Americans for Prosperity — it was the Democrats' Priorities USA. Did Citizens United help Democrats in 2012? Molly Ball investigates. How political campaign spending brought down the Roman Republic: If Cato, Cicero, or Julius Caesar were here today, they would recognize the danger posed by Citizens United. Off the rails: Joel Kotkin on how the Party of Lincoln became the Party of Plutocrats. Mark Thoma on why the GOP won't admit supply-side economics has failed. The crisis of American self-government: Harvey Mansfield, Harvard's “pet dissenter”, on the 2012 election, the real cost of entitlements, and why he sees reason for hope. Tom Engelhardt on the Barack Obama story: How a community organizer and constitutional law professor became a robot president. Have the Democrats opened up a real Electoral College advantage over the Republicans? Asya Pereltsvaig on U.S. electoral geography: An urban/rural divide? Anita Serwacki on 9 non-political issues that divide American voters.

Markha Valenta (Radboud): Pluralist Democracy or Scientistic Monocracy? Debating Ritual Slaughter. Nathan Heller reviews Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (and more). Could pop culture be the most effective method of warning the public about existential dangers? John Mecklin reviews Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World by Ferenc Morton Szasz. Doc Stull interviews Dave Gluck, co-author (with Bernie Williams) of Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance. Ideology masquerading as evidence: Jayne Lucke on pro-life opposition to contraception. Can the Federal Reserve help prevent a second recession? William Greider wants to know. From Crisis, Anthony Esolen on the sexual revolution and its victims (and part 2). An interview with Aaron James, author of Assholes: A Theory (and more). Ask an economist: Which Bond villain plan would have worked (and which not)? Trap Streets: James Bridle on the road not taken. Totalitarianism, famine and us: Have histories of famines caused by totalitarianism become a distraction to the new politics of hunger? Tristan Bekinschtein reviews Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine.

The inaugural issue of Social Sciences Directory is out. Peter John (UCL): Political Science, Impact and Evidence. Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Hertfordshire): On the Limits of Rational Choice Theory. John B. Davis (Marquette): Economics Imperialism Under the Impact of Psychology: The Case of Behavioral Development Economics. From Books and Ideas, Andre Orlean asks us to rethink the place of economics within the social sciences and its relationship to politics; and a review of The Explanation of Social Action by John Levi Martin. The first chapter from The Emergence of Organizations and Markets by John F. Padgett and Walter W. Powell. Sudhir Venkatesh is a rising star in sociology for his research on poverty and gang life, but his methods have led to questions from colleagues and a grueling inquiry by Columbia University (and a response). Political scientist James C. Scott reprises the themes of his earlier work in Two Cheers for Anarchism — he also loves to raise animals on his Connecticut farm. From The Monkey Cage, John Sides on why the 2012 election was good for political science; and is Nate Silver’s popularity good or bad for quantitative political science? Adam Berinsky, Neil Malhotra, and Erik Snowberg wonder.