Serhiy Kudelia (Baylor) and Taras Kuzio (Alberta): Nothing Personal: Explaining the Rise and Decline of Political Machines in Ukraine. Natalya Domina (Western Ontario): My Little Futuristic Prison: Thoughts on the Crimean Sanatorium Druzhba, a Simultaneously Utopian and Dystopian Project. From e-flux, Oleksiy Radynski on Maidan and beyond, part II: The cacophony of Donbas; and Ekaterina Degot on a text that should never have been written? Jasmina Tesanovic ventures into the "Palace of Corruption" where deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych partied and gloried in graft while the #Euromaidan raged on his doorstep. From TNR, Linda Kinstler on how Kiev's Maidan is still occupied, and it's become a darker, more dangerous place lately; eastern Ukraine has been a mafia state for years — can Kiev break the cycle of violence?; Russia and Ukraine really have no idea what's going on along the border; and Josh Kovensky on how Putin can still invade Ukraine whenever he pleases — and he's hoping the West won't notice. Is anyone in charge of Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine? Documents show how Russia’s troll amy hit America: Max Seddon on the adventures of Russian agents like The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Gay Turtle, and Ass — exposed for the first time. From Red (Team) Analysis, Helene Lavoix on war and peace in Ukraine: Hope, outrage and fortitude (and part 2). Sergii Leshchenko on why Ukraine's new president needs to get fellow oligarchs to stop being so corrupt. From New Left Review, an interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko on Ukraine’s fractures. Slavoj Zizek on why both the left and right have got it wrong on Ukraine. Marcela Escobari on Ukraine’s real problem, in four graphs. Explaining Ukraine is a pain; it stays mainly just the same.

The inaugural issue of Barents Studies is out. Marica Spalletta (USCM) and Lorenzo Ugolini (UCSC): Fashion/Social Advertising: What Happens When Fashion Meets Social Issues. Benjamen Franklen Gussen (Auckland): The State is the Fiduciary of the People. Peter J. Boettke and Liya Palagashvili (George Mason): James Buchanan's Contributions to Constitutional Political Economy, Institutional Analysis, and Self-Governance. Richard E. Wagner (George Mason): James Buchanan's Public Debt Theory: A Rational Reconstruction. Andrew M. Bailey (Yale-NUS): You Needn’t be Simple. Gus P Gradinger and Bart J. Wilson (Chapman): The Clash of Aristocratic and Bourgeois Virtues in The Wire. Rosemary Corbett (Bard): Meta-data, Same-Sex Marriage and the Making of "Terrorists". The trials of Entertainment Weekly: Anne Helen Petersen on one magazine's 24 years of corporate torture. Mike Sacks on 18 things you learn after interviewing 80 or so comedy writers. Ezra Klein on how Transformers 4 is a master class in economics. Two of the world’s most powerful women of finance sat down for a lengthy discussion on the future of monetary policy in a post-crisis world: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Welcome to the age of self-love: Brendan O'Neill on how it's the perfect cause for our narcissistic times. Marcus Wohlsen on how 40 years on, the barcode has turned everything into information.

Chandan Kumar Jha and Sudipta Sarangi (LSU): Social Media, Internet and Corruption. Sebastian Valenzuela and Daniel Halpern (PUC) and James Katz (BU): Facebook, Marriage Well-being and Divorce: Survey and State-level Evidence from the United States. Robin Rymarczuk and Maarten Derksen (Groningen): Different Spaces: Exploring Facebook as Heterotopia. Javier Sajuria (UCL): Are We Bowling at All? An Analysis of Social Capital in Online Networks. Paul Leonardi and Samantha Meyer (Northwestern): Social Media as Social Lubricant: How Ambient Awareness Eases Knowledge Transfer. Here are tips for not being an ass on social media. Clicking their way to outrage: On social media, people proudly trumpet their ethical outrage toward anyone or anything that has rubbed them the wrong way. With social media, the compelling opportunities for self-expression outstrip the supply of things we have to confidently say about ourselves. Research suggests being ignored on Facebook is psychological hell. The science behind #ThrowbackThursday: Elizabeth Winkler on why we derive special pleasure from the act of remembering the past. Benjamin F. Jackson on censorship and freedom of expression in the age of Facebook. Dylan Matthews on 7 things you told Facebook without even realizing it. Facebook says it's sorry — we've heard that before. Steven Levy goes inside the science that delivers your scary-smart Facebook and Twitter feeds. Can an algorithm solve Twitter's credibility problem? Adrian Chen investigates. A eulogy for Twitter: The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight. Miri Mogilevsky on a brief history of the war between Reddit and Tumblr. The first chapter from A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media by Mikolaj Jan Piskorski.