Dahlia K. Remler, Don J. Waisanen and Andrea Gabor (Baruch): Academic Journalism: A Modest Proposal. Victor Pickard (Penn): The United States: Unfounded Fears of Press Subsidies. John Judis on how this law of economics shows why print journalism is doomed — and why public funding is the best solution. The recent journo-churn illustrates a few interesting labour-market concepts: “Committed economics journalists don't just write about key economic concepts, they live them”. Felix Salmon on content economics, part 5: news; and on how 2014 is going to be the year of a big debate about what news is — and especially about whether and how news organizations can ethically report on activity in the virtual world. Does journalism have a future?: Nicholas Lemann reviews Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age by George Brock. George Packer on telling stories about the future of journalism. Dylan Byers on the future of news. Simon Houpt on how the future of news is Vice. Richard Horgan on gauging the next “golden age” of journalism. Sean Trende on The Gamble and the rise of data-driven journalism. Here, let Ezra explain: Young blogger Ezra Klein, who brought the digital revolution to the Washington Post, now wants to bring a news revolution to digital media. Mathew Ingram on why the rise of sites devoted to explanatory journalism is a trend worth celebrating. Leslie Kaufman and Ravi Somaiya on how drones offer journalists a wider view. Tim Carmody on the structure of journalism today. Peter Wilby on how newspapers are still the most important medium for understanding the world.

Tyler Viale (Boston College): Gabriel Marcel: Hope and Love in Time of Death. Joseph Taylor Halford and Scott H. C. Hsu (Wisconsin): Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Value. Sandra Saenz-Lopez Perez (SNRC): Marginalia in cARTography. From The Economist, what’s gone wrong with democracy: Democracy was the most successful political idea of the 20th century — why has it run into trouble, and what can be done to revive it? Imaginary Jews: Michael Walzer reviews Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg. Ezekiel J. Emanuel on how insurance companies as we know them are about to die: Thanks to Obamacare, your much-hated insurance firm probably won't be around much longer — but the companies that will replace them might not be much better. The skinny on skin colour: Homo sapiens became black to beat cancer. Congratulations, America, you're (almost) energy independent — now what? A call for help: Nicholas Lemann on what the Kitty Genovese story really means. Your fate? Thank your ancestors. Glenn Greenwald on the meaning of journalistic independence. From VoegelinView, James Greenway on the priority of existence in medieval political thought (and part 2 and part 3). "Religious freedom" bills get Rightbloggers dreaming of a discrimination-friendly America. Somewhere out there, at the crossroads of Narnia, Galt's Gulch, and the Floating City, there's a world where the dream will never die. Here’s a flowchart to figure out if you should Google that person. Can a single book sum up a nation? Michael Dirda reviews The Dream of the Great American Novel by Lawrence Buell.

Christopher A.D. Charles (West Indies): The Anti-Informer and Anti-Snitch Discourses in Dancehall and Rap Songs. Elizabeth Dori Tunstall on Twitter, TEDx, hip hop and the 21st century public intellectual. Gon Ben Ari on when Jews and blacks got along better than ever in hip-hop world: Rap stars pay homage to the relationship between the two communities. Nick Messitte on why hip hop and country will be the new “pop” in 2014. Daniel Sternkopf on how the big sound of hip-hop went indie. This is the best-ever explanation of gangsta rap. Gretchen Cundiff on the influence of rap and hip-hop music: An analysis on audience perceptions of misogynistic lyrics. Battle of the female rapper: Female rappers are causing a stir in Nepal, it appears — an unusual phenomenon for a country dogged by gender violence. Who does hip hop think it is? Akwesi Shaddai on hip hop and the loss of identity. Ramon Ramirez on why OutKast is the greatest rap group of all time. Dave Bry on how hip-hop is getting whiter, but that doesn't mean the genre is doomed. A study finds “hip-hop” students unfairly targeted. Erik Nielson and Charis E. Kubrinjan on rap lyrics on trial: Should rap lyrics be used in court as evidence of a crime? The mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan, bans rap music from buses. David Kobialka on thrift shopping with Macklemore. From “The Tonight Show”, Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon teach the “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” and Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon debut “History of Rap Vol. 5”. Neil Drumming on how the fact that a rap group is the official "Tonight Show" band is a huge deal (and more). Meet Boyfriend, the sex-positive English nerd who defies every rap stereotype imaginable. Alyssa Rosenberg on what Bill O'Reilly has in common with the rappers he thinks are ruining America.