Robin Mansell (LSE): Power, Hierarchy and the Internet: Why the Internet Empowers and Disempowers. Does the Internet cost us more than it’s worth? Adam Clark Estes on how to build a better Internet. Hua Hsu on how the metaphor of “the cloud” changed our attitude toward the Internet. The web is a severe distraction to the contemplative act of writing: Michelle Dean reviews Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age by Sven Birkerts. The new mind control: The Internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do. As we download ever more of our lives on to electronic devices, are we destroying our own internal memory? Gillian Tett on the grand illusion of empowerment: “The internet gives people the impression that they have a voice but in most countries power remains firmly in the hands of the elite”. Jill Lepore reviews The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data by Michael P. Lynch.


Adam Slavny (Warwick) and Tom Parr (Essex): Harmless Discrimination. Putin announces Russia will pull most of its military from Syria. Tim Taylor on a fundamental shift in the nature of trade agreements. Jared Bernstein on how the era of free trade might be over — that’s a good thing. Globalization is a moving target — today’s protectionists seem to be focusing on an image that is 10 years out of date. Martha Nussbaum remembers Hilary Putnam. Julie Beck on coincidences and the meaning of life: The surprising chances of our lives can seem like they’re hinting at hidden truths, but they’re really revealing the human mind at work. Two decades of hip: Robert Fay reviews Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility by George Cotkin. “Millennial voters apparently too young to remember communism, and Boomers too young to remember fascism”.


Trump is no accident: Republican leaders have long laid the groundwork for the current G.O.P. front-runner’s strategy. Jamelle Bouie on how Trump happened: It’s not just anger over jobs and immigration — white voters hope Trump will restore the racial hierarchy upended by Barack Obama. Ed Kilgore on the uncanny similarities between Trump rallies today and George Wallace rallies in ’68. Pity porn for racists: Oliver Willis on how the media wants you to feel sorry for Trump supporters — don’t. National Review confirms that it is, indeed, worse than Donald Trump: “The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible”. Michael Savage tells Donald Trump that protesters are racist against white people. China paper says rise of “racist” Trump shows democracy is scary.

From Daily Nous, philosophers on the 2016 U.S. presidential race. A look at Trump’s week of errors, exaggerations and flat-out falsehoods. Glenn Greenwald on how the rise of Trump shows the danger and sham of compelled journalistic “neutrality”. John McWhorter on how Trump is extremely articulate — that’s why he’s so dangerous. Trump’s recent behavior is even more terrifying than you think. Donald Trump poses an unprecedented threat to American democracy. Danielle Allen on how to protect our constitutional treasure from Trump. Sarah Posner on how Donald Trump sparked an unprecedented crisis among Jewish Republicans. Against liberal schadenfreude: It was once easy to root for Trump to blow up the GOP — not anymore. Matthew Yglesias on why liberals should root for Ted Cruz. A message to those protesting at Trump rallies: Don't become part of the show.

Facing long primary slog, Clinton allies fear helping Trump. Elspeth Reeve on why Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton’s dream opponent: Trump vs. Clinton will be the boys vs. girls election — and that’s scary news for the GOP frontrunner. “This campaigning style makes Hillary Clinton Donald Trump’s dream opponent”: Unless the Democrats run Sanders, a Trump nomination means a Trump presidency. Harold Meyerson on why Bernie may have a better shot at winning in November than Hillary. William Greider on how Donald Trump could beat Hillary Clinton: In the general election, he could win by running to her left — and her right. It's not over til it's over: Paul Hilder goes inside the Sanders campaign’s do-or-die moment. Bill Maher goes after the #BernieOrBust movement: To those who promise to stay home in November if Sanders isn’t on the ballot — “have you seen a Republican debate?”

The liberal war over the Obama legacy has already begun: Carlos Lozada reviews Buyer’s Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down by Bill Press and Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank. Proud of Obama’s presidency, blacks are sad to see him go.

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