Ingar Solty (York): Dear Left: The NRA Is Right — The Mass Shooter as High-Achiever: Historical-Materialist Considerations on the Resistible Fall of James Holmes and the Pathologization and Culturalization of the Cinema Massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Of cannibals, kings and culture: Adam Etinson on the problem of ethnocentricity. During the year it went public, Facebook made $1.1 billion in profits, but thanks to some nifty accounting, the company won't be paying any federal or state taxes on it — instead, it will actually be receiving a federal tax refund of about $429 million. Wisdom on the web: Robert Cottrell, editor of the Browser website, shares what he has learnt from reading lots of the internet every day. Cass Sunstein remembers Ronald Dworkin, the most important legal philosopher of our time. Tom McGeveran on how Marty Peretz forgets himself.

Ioannis Koutsaftikis , Nikolaos Nanas, and Manolis Vavalis (Thessaly): Front-paging Online Newspapers. C.W. Anderson on how journalists’ self-concepts hindered their adaptation to a digital world. The market for online news journalism has dissipated — it’s time to reconsider journalism as a project of the commons. Two years ago, the New York Times introduced its paywall — today, we can use the insights of behavioral science to say what works and what doesn't. Is Wikipedia a real-time news source? After a mass shooting or natural disaster, Wikipedia’s volunteers are on the story within hours and make thousands of edits in the first days. Facebook as a reporting tool: The new graph search gives journalists a way to construct a trend story without picking up the phone — is this a good thing? Celebrities have been selling tweets to advertisers for years now; now the Associated Press is giving it a try.

Caylee Hong and Rene Provost (McGill): Let Us Compare Mythologies. Charles M. North (Baylor) and Wafa Hakim Orman (Alabama) and Carl R. Gwin (Pepperdine): Religion, Corruption, and the Rule of Law. James Davison Hunter (Virginia): Law, Religion, and the Common Good. Rafael Domingo (Navarra): A New Paradigm for Religious Freedom. Katie Ryder on the truth about religious freedom and the ACA: Your right to swing your fist in religious practice ends when your fist reaches my nose, or uterus. Is God a socialist, and if so, what kind of socialism does God espouse? Amy Allen on the politics of 1 Cor. 12:12-31a and Luke 4:14-21. Derek Minno-Bloom on decolonizing anarchism and Christianity. Why the Bible has no place in politics, or vice versa: David Biale reviews Revelations by Elaine Pagels and In God’s Shadow by Michael Walzer.

Cornelius Puschmann (Humboldt) and Jean Burgess (QUT): The Politics of Twitter Data. Steven R. Swanson (Hamline): Forcing Facebook on Foreign Dictators: A Violation of International Law? From TNR, can social media solve real-world problems? Future Perfect author Steven Johnson takes Evgeny Morozov to task for his critical book review. Apple, Google and Facebook’s new HQs: Do tech companies’ headquarters live up to the cool innovation of their products? From Wired, Tom Vanderbilt on the future of search. Ben Shipper on the market definition of Google Search. Cade Metz on how Google and Facebook will make the leap to lightspeed. Do LOLcats date back to the Middle Ages? That's the case philologist Nicole Eddy is trying to make. Tales of the Old Wild Web: Gather 'round, little ether-lads and digi-lassies, and let grandpa tell you about the cyberdays of old.

From TAP, Daniel T. Rodgers on the past, reclaimed from Right-wing myth: Now can we get to work saving the future? The L-word makes a comeback: Not long ago, Republicans used "liberal" as an epithet, Democrats hid from it, and conflict-averse news outlets avoided it — that's changed. The last liberal: Some say Joe Lieberman turned his back on his fellow Democrats, but as the Connecticut senator retires, it seems, in retrospect, that American liberals changed, not him. Who are you calling a liberal? If Obama is liberalism's standard bearer, liberalism's in bad shape. Left 3.0: Tod Lindberg on Obama and the emergence of a newer left. Can liberals get a witness? Claude S. Fischer examines the left's estrangement from religion and the political and social problems it raises. Is communism still relevant to American politics?

Diane Reyniers and Richa Bhalla (LSE): Reluctant Altruism and Peer Pressure in Charitable Giving. Against a narcotic culture whose primary desire is stupefaction: Andrea Scrima interviews Rainer J. Hanshe, founder of Contra Mundum Press. Steve Danziger reviews Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition by David Nirenberg. From Geocurrents, Asya Pereltsvaig on the geography of the “onion” vocabulary. A failure of imagination: Hillary Kelly on why Bookish and other recommendation engines fall short. Will Self on the joy of armchair anthropology. Liam Jones interviews Anthony Paul Smith, author of Ecologies of Thought: Thinking Nature in Philosophy, Theology, and Ecology. Was that cheating? Research suggests perceptions vary by sex, attachment anxiety, and behavior. Mark Carrigan reviews Think Tanks in America by Thomas Medvetz.

Laramie D. Taylor (UC-Davis): Male Partner Selectivity, Romantic Confidence, and Media Depictions of Partner Scarcity. Sarudzayi M. Matambanadzo (Tulane): Embodying Vulnerability: A Feminist Theory of the Person. Deborah L. Brake (Pittsburgh): Wrestling with Gender: Constructing Masculinity by Refusing to Wrestle Women. The myth of women’s ascendance: Philip N. Cohen reviews Liza Mundy’s The Richer Sex and Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men. Dafne Muntanyola-Saura reviews Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science. Stephanie Fairyington on the lonely existence of Mel Feit, men's-rights advocate. Lakshmi Sarah interviews Carmen G. Gonzalez, editor of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. How to help feminism: Jagdish Bhagwati on how men should do more — and women too.

A new issue of No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice is out. Ivan Garzon Vallejo (La Sabana): Public Reason, Secularism, and Natural Law. Ruy Teixeira reviews What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last. Camilla Mortensen on everything you ever wanted to know about ducks. Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones on privatized prisons: A human marketplace. The surprising rationale for America's extremist drug laws, from 1875 to the present: An excerpt from Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge by Frederic Block. Kim E. Nielsen on her book A Disability History of the United States. Felix Clay on 4 situations that make white people feel racist. Reeve Armstrong on the illusion of progress: Are we truly accelerating, or heading towards extinction?

A new issue of Essays in Philosophy is out. Maren Behrensen (LIU): Can the Amoralist Be Your Friend? Bruno Guindon (McGill): Buck-Passers and Thick Reasons. Brent G. Kyle (ASAF): How Are Thick Terms Evaluative? Thom Brooks (Durham): Philosophy Unbound: The Idea of Global Philosophy. Lisa N Guenther on reading Plato on death row. Jonathan Simmons reviews Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans. “Wad Some Power The Giftie Gie Us”: Tim Madigan takes up a very gentlemanly system of morals. “Philosophy has lost its way”: Mark C. Taylor on his book Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo. Katie Steckles on Principia Mathematica, the Musical. A previously unrecognized moral principle was discovered last week at the University of Mesa.

Christopher J. Lebron (Yale): The Political Significance of Blame. Since its publication in 2010 and its recent translation into French, Timothy Snyder’s book, Bloodlands, has attracted many comments from historians; Jacques Semelin provides an overview of the recent criticisms leveled at the book, and the debates it fostered. Nomencracy: Surnames offer depressing clues to the extent of social mobility over generations. Liza Mundy on the strange history of the birth certificate: How these seemingly innocuous documents cause so much trouble. Steven Pearlstein on the US Airways-American merger and the end of an era of airline consolidation. Can you will yourself happier?