Adela Bancau-Burcea (Montpellier): Social Media and Freedom of Thought. Ruby Siegel (Skidmore): Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Social Media: Understanding the Relationship Between Facebook, Twitter, and Political Understanding. Thread: “I think an overlooked reason that social media is making our politics more contentious is that it undoes the ‘Big Sort”, and kills cultural federalism”. Mark Oppenheimer on the death of civility in the digital age. Social media can’t stop the weaponization of bad faith. Francis Fukuyama on social media and democracy: The Internet and the rise of social media has changed the terms of the free speech debate worldwide — but in the U.S. context, the burden of any move towards control of bad information may have to rest on the platforms themselves. This explains how social media can both weaken — and strengthen — democracy.

Heather M. Whitney (NYU): Search Engines, Social Media, and the Editorial Analogy. Is the Twittersphere more like a virtual town hall, or an informal convention? Tim Wu on how Twitter killed the First Amendment. Political Twitter is no place for moderates. “Just an ass-backward tech company”: How Twitter lost the Internet war. Twitter, it’s time to end your anything-goes paradise. Opinion Zeynep Tufekci on YouTube, the great radicalizer. YouTube is only just realizing that it might be bad for all of us. Death by a thousand cuts: Marta Zarzycka on misogyny online. Scrolls, trolls, and rickrolls: What a brief history of web harassment can tell us about the contrarian crisis in op-ed land.

Jason Hannan (Winnipeg): Trolling Ourselves to Death? Social Media and Post-Truth Politics. Nancy LeTourneau on addressing the human problem with social media. Social networks are broken — Ethan Zuckerman wants to fix them. Any successful attempt to prevent the real social media pathologies — such as extremist, abusive and hateful behavior online — must be multi-faceted, thoughtful, collaborative and evidence based. How do we fix life online without limiting free speech? Andrew Marantz on Reddit and the struggle to detoxify the Internet. Our best hope for civil discourse is on Reddit.

How social media endangers knowledge. Can social networks do better? We don’t know because they haven’t tried. The age of unregulated social media is over. Why it’s time to regulate social media companies like Facebook.


A “tea party of the Left”? Liberal activists learn tough lessons in quest to purify Democratic Party. Seth Masket on a case for keeping primary voting confined to party members. Dems flooding state-level races aren’t just thinking about 2018. Anti-Trumpism is the Democrats’ greatest liability: Why campaigning against the president is the wrong way to defeat Republicans in this year’s midterm elections. Emerging Democratic Party united on liberal policies but divided on how to win. Be skeptical of anyone who tells you they know how Democrats can win in November. What will happen if Democrats retake the House? Forget about impeaching Trump: Democrats should be building the legal case for an indictment instead.

Barack Obama supporters outraged by Bernie Sanders’ “deplorable” attack on Democratic Party on anniversary of Martin Luther King assassination. Bernie’s criticisms don’t mean Democrats are in disarray. Martin Longman on how to limit Democratic infighting. Will boring be good enough in 2020?


Jing Li (Weill Cornell): Plastic Surgery or Primary Care? Altruistic Preferences and Expected Specialty Choice of U.S. Medical Students. The teachers’ strikes have exposed the GOP’s Achilles heel. If Trump blows up the deal, Iran gets the bomb. McConnell points to “the most consequential decision” of his career: “to let the president being elected last year pick the Supreme Court nominee”. Facebook just made a shocking admission, and we’re all too exhausted to notice. Is Facebook in more trouble than people think? Don’t fix Facebook — replace it. Trump’s most influential white nationalist troll is a Middlebury grad who lives in Manhattan. Robert Mercer backed a secretive group that worked with Facebook, Google to target anti-Muslim ads at swing voters.

Anna North on how Trump helped inspire a wave of strict new abortion laws. How to talk about abortion: Removing arguments of individual morality from the equation is the best way to find consensus and determine public policy. Plenty of conservatives really do believe women should be executed for having abortions: Atlantic writer Kevin Williamson may have been fired for suggesting the death penalty for abortion, but he’s not alone. Who has any use for conservative intellectuals?


From Axios, 1 big thing: Mike Allen on the case for extreme worry. President Trump is acting unhinged because that’s all he can do. Trump is finally making investors nervous. Sinclair chairman David Smith claims entire print media has “no credibility”. Trump tweets away what’s left of Sinclair’s credibility. Ryan Holiday on how to serve a deranged tyrant, stoically. Trump’s feud with Amazon is really about the Washington Post’s success. Donald Trump is an autocrat without an autocracy: Josh Marshall on McCabe, Amazon and defending the Republic from Donald Trump. Milton Friedman predicted socialism would kill democracy — instead, Trump is.

Martin Longman on Donald Trump and the deep state. Gingrich’s decades-long quest to purge federal workforce gets a new lease on life. Rex Tillerson’s $12 million army of consultants: The cost-cutting former Secretary of State had grand ambitions for a department “redesign”, but its clearest impact is a huge bill for consultants, some of whom charged more than $300 an hour. Scott Pruitt’s scandals won’t stop coming, and Trump might actually have to fire him. Trump can’t decide if Pruitt is too corrupt to lead the EPA — or just corrupt enough to be his attorney general. Scott Pruitt’s ethics scandal hasn’t stopped him from rolling back environmental protections.


Alasdair S. Roberts (UMass): Strategies for Governing: The Foundation of Public Administration. Oliver James, Sebastian R. Jilke, Gregg G. Van Ryzin (Rutgers): Behavioural and Experimental Public Administration: Emerging Contributions and New Directions. Jonathan S. Masur and Eric A. Posner (Chicago): Norming in Administrative Law. Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): The Morality of Administrative Law. Sophia Z. Lee (Penn): From the History to the Theory of Administrative Constitutionalism. From the Congressional Research Service, a brief overview of rulemaking and judicial review. Benati Igor and Mario Coccia (CNR): Rewards in Bureaucracy and Politics.

Hanoch Dagan and Roy Kreitner (Tel Aviv): The Bureaucrats of Private Law. Graziella Romeo (Bocconi) and Nausica Palazzo (Trento): Who Fears the Big Government? A Coordinated Attempt to Downsize Federal Agencies’ Power in the United States. Larry Summers on why the US government can’t be downsized. The introduction to Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic by Jon D. Michaels. Public sector innovation in the age of governance: Mehmet Akif Demircioglu reviews Enhancing Public Innovation by Transforming Public Governance, ed. Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors: A Public Solutions Handbook, ed. Patria de Lancer Julnes and Ed Gibson.

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