Thomas Poell and Jose van Dijck (Amsterdam): Social Media and New Protest. Zeynep Tufekci on how social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump. Platform moderation and its discontents: Robert Gorwa reviews Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social Media by Tarleton Gillespie. The military-messaging complex: Rafia Zakaria on social media and the War on Terror. Nicholas Confessore on the unlikely activists who took on Silicon Valley — and won. “Weaponized ad technology”: Facebook’s moneymaker gets a critical eye. Pinterest moms share parfait recipes next to QAnon memes.

Twitter’s misguided quest to become a forum for everything. We need a new model for tech journalism. Tech companies aren’t raising prices, but they’re still monopolies: Sean Illing interviews Sally Hubbard on why “fake news” is an antitrust problem. Ben Thompson on Facebook’s story problem — and opportunity. Rethinking the human in the digital age: An excerpt from The User Unconscious: On Affect, Media and Measure by Patricia Ticineto. See no evil: Software helps companies coordinate the supply chains that sustain global capitalism; how does the code work — and what does it conceal? Digital detox: Grafton Tanner on big tech’s phony crisis of conscience.

Mark Zuckerberg is totally out of his depth and so are all the big boys of tech: They’re monumentally screwed, because they have no idea how to tame the monsters they have created. The Internet trolls have won — sorry, there’s not much you can do. Can liberal democracy survive social media?


Justina Diaz Legaspe (UBA), and Chang Liu and Robert J. Stainton (UWO): Slurs and Register: A Case Study in Meaning Pluralism. Salil Tripathi on Bangladesh’s authoritarian turn. “How could this happen again?” Why this Catholic abuse scandal seems worse than 2002. Gerard Mannion on why it is time for all U.S. bishops to resign. A murky scandal involving a powerful punk rock dharma teacher is dividing a major Buddhist community. Pentagon worried that U.S. trade war with China could lead to actual war. Thanks, Paul Manafort — for showing that the U.S. needs to crack down on dirty money. The introduction to Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought by Huseyin Yilmaz.

When a woman is accused of sexual misconduct: Andrew O’Hehir on the strange case of Avital Ronell. Avital and Nimrod: Jon Wiener on sexual harassment and “campy communications” at NYU. The messy NYU case — in which a feminist scholar is accused, and in which evidence continues to come out — morphs into a debate about academic stars. Corey Robin on the unsexy truth about the Avital Ronell scandal.


Republicans don’t own patriotism anymore: The Democrats are reclaiming language they ceded to the GOP decades ago — and putting a liberal spin on it. David Atkins on why abolishing ICE is serious policy. Kathleen Frydl on why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too. A good formula for losing the 2018 election: The “Abolish ICE” slogan hands Republicans an opportunity on an issue where they ought to be entirely on the defensive. Don’t abolish ICE: It’s a foolish, losing message for Democrats — in the midterms and beyond. No, Democrats don’t need a national platform for the midterms. The prospect of a Democratic wave in the midterm elections this fall recalls the moment, nearly 50 years ago, when a group of young, liberal lawmakers swept into Congress on a mission to overturn the status quo — what can today’s Democrats learn from the historic class of 1974?

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