Lyn Ringenberg, “A Dramatic Doomsday Warning to the World.” The Doomsday clock has been moved closer to midnight.
Jill Lepore, “The Cobweb: Can the Internet Be Archived?”
Alexander R. Galloway, “Network Pessimism.”
David M. Berry, “Flat Theory.”
Ian Bogost, “Introducing the Supertweet.”
Adam Greenfield with Matthew Shen Goodwin, “Too Smart for Their Own Good.”
Richard Seymour, “On Charlie Hebdo.”
Teju Cole, “Unmournable Bodies.”
Gabriel Bristow, “The Next Front Against Austerity.”
National Security State
David E. Sanger and Martin Fackler, “NSA Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say.”
Nathan J. Robinson, “Money Talks.”
Jamala Rogers, “Selma Is Now.”
Thomas J. Sugrue, “Restoring King.”
Literature and Culture
Ian Goodrum, “American Sniper, or Stolz der Nation.” (I just had the opportunity to read Kenneth Burke’s “The Rhetoric of Hitler’s ‘Battle'” for the first time, and think that we would do well to consider American Sniper seriously, as a text with obvious and significant rhetorical power, along the same kinds of critical lines Burke lays out in that essay. I owe R. for this thought.)
Rory Fanning, “Learning from American Sniper.”
Aaron Bady, “American Snipper.”
Frank Pasquale, “To Replace or Respect: Futurology as if People Mattered,” a review of Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.
Mike Bulajewski, “What Drives Automation?” a review of Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.
Colin Dayan, “Thinking the Permissible, or Speaking in Common.”
And André Naffis-Sahely, “The Post-Šalamunian Period.”
Humanities and Higher Education
W. H. Auden’s syllabus. (I cannot even imagine how undergraduates would react to a class like this today. . . .)
Dan Berrett, “The Day the Purpose of College Changed.”
Jacques Berlinerblau, “Teach or Perish.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Major Exodus: Where Have All the English Majors Gone?”
And Lucy McCalmont, “Scott Walker Urges Professors to Work Harder.” Um.