Claudio Lombardi (KIMEP): The Illusion of a “Marketplace for Ideas”. Elizabeth A Kirley and Marilyn McMahon (Deakin): The Emoji Factor: Humanizing the Emerging Law of Digital Speech. Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Hull): Balancing Freedom of Expression and Social Responsibility on the Internet. David M. Douglas (Twente): Doxing: A Conceptual Analysis. Jan Blommaert and Malgorzata Szabla (Tilburg): Does Context Really Collapse in Social Media Interaction? Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom wants to clean up the Internet — but is that a good @&#$ing idea? Too close for comfort: How social media changed how we talk to (and about) each other in America. Cory Doctorow on the paradox of tolerance: Should intolerance be tolerated?


Christopher Bail, Taylor Brown, John Bumpus, Haohan Chen, Jaemin Lee, Marcus Mann, Friedolin Merhout, and Alexander Volfovsky, (Duke), Lisa Argyle (Princeton), and M.B. Hunzaker (NYU): Exposure to Opposing Views can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media. Andrew Hall (Stanford): Who Wants to Run? How the Devaluing of Political Office Drives Polarization. Joseph Fishkin (Texas) and David Pozen (Columbia): Asymmetric Constitutional Hardball. Didi Kuo on the paradox of party polarization: Political parties are both weak and strong in the United States — what does that portend for our democracy? Why America’s 2-party system is on a collision course with our constitutional democracy.

From Political Theory, a symposium on Jonathan White and Lea Ypi’s The Meaning of Partisanship, with contributions by Russell Muirhead, Daniel Weinstock, Nadia Urbinati, and Jonathan White and Lea Ypi. “Bipartisan” does not inherently mean “good”: It’s a simpleton’s view of politics. Americans are losing faith in the government to solve their problems — and turning to corporations instead: They figure Congress won’t act, so why not try Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon? Why politicians are so eager to claim the outsider mantle: Americans have long hated our politics, but they rarely change. Outsiders can’t fix Washington, they’re the ones who spent the past 40 years wrecking it — it’s time to give experience a chance.


Elizabeth Edenberg (Georgetown) and Emily McGill-Rutherford (Keene State): Feminist Social and Political Philosophy. Mohammad Ali Kadivar, Adaner Usmani, and Benjamin Bradlow (Brown): The Long March: Contentious Mobilization and Deep Democracy. The local news crisis is bigger than Sinclair. Atlantic hires right-wing troll, promptly runs phony climate smear on Democrats. Jeffrey Isaacs on why Damon Linker is wrong about liberals. Facebook’s historian: Timmy Facciola interviews Heather Cox Richardson. Poland’s government devastates its supreme court. How secularism has been used to justify the subordination of women: The introduction to Sex and Secularism by Joan Wallach.

Amazon is the Post Office’s best friend, no matter what Trump tweets. No sympathy for Amazon: Trump’s attacks on the company aren’t nearly as alarming as the government largesse that helped it become a tech behemoth. The autocrats’ playbook: You don’t have to like Amazon to fear Trump’s attack on it. Welcome to the Resistance? There is no good case for making temporary alliances with Trump against Amazon or law enforcement when Trump’s motives are corrupt. Is Amazon evil and am I evil for using it?


Sefika Kumral (Johns Hopkins): Ballots with Bullets: Elections, Violence and the Rise of Extreme Right in Turkey. Umit Akcay (HWR Berlin): Neoliberal Populism in Turkey and Its Crisis. Populism through uprooted truths: Can Mert Kokerer on the resiliency of Erdogan and the AKP (and part 2). The man from Kasimpasa: Erdogan is all too easily labelled a populist — but the reasons for his popularity are more complicated. State of sleaze: Suzy Hansen on Erdogan’s authoritarian hustle. How Turkey’s outreach to its diaspora is inflaming tensions with Europe. Who is a Turk? It’s complicated — Turkey’s government has made the ethnic origins of its citizens available online, and the results are shattering the myth of racially pure Turkishness.


Scott Pruitt’s dirty politics: Margaret Talbot on how the Environmental Protection Agency became the fossil-fuel industry’s best friend. Making America toxic again: Scott Pruitt’s job is to protect the environment — unfortunately, God has other plans for him. Scott Pruitt vs. the Pope: The EPA administrator has become the de facto spokesperson for a fringe version of Christian environmentalism. Scott Pruitt thinks limited government is divine. Climate science-disputing EPA head also disputes evolution. Climate change skeptics run the Trump administration. The EPA ousted science advisers — now it’s going after the science itself.

Scott Pruitt’s schedule is filled with speeches to industry groups, companies regulated by the EPA: EPA administrator snubs environmental and public health groups. Scott Pruitt is slowly strangling the EPA: Umair Irfan on the unprecedented regulatory slowdown and rollbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s been one year of amazing Scott Pruitt accomplishments, all of them horrible. How the EPA’s Scott Pruitt became the most dangerous member of Trump’s Cabinet. Here’s a bracketology on the worst member of Trump’s Cabinet. Ex-EPA chief: Agency will need “20 to 30” years to recover from Pruitt.

Scott Pruitt wants the EPA to spend less on the environment and more on his favorite aides. EPA mulled leasing a private jet, and other scandalous Scott Pruitt revelations. There’s no Scott Pruitt scandal to see here. Scott Pruitt’s bizarre condo scandal and mounting ethics questions, explained. In just 24 hours, Scott Pruitt’s scandals blew up into an ethics crisis. Emily Atkin on the conservative coddling of Scott Pruitt. Why won’t the EPA watchdog fully investigate Pruitt?

The real scandal at the EPA? It’s not keeping us safe. In the Trump administration, the polluters are in control. How Trump is letting polluters off the hook, in one chart. The polluted state of the union: It’s too soon to have data on Trump’s impact on the environment, but after his first year, the outlook is clear.

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