“Did the Anthropocene Begin with the Nuclear Age?”
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.”
Sandy Baldwin, The Internet Unconscious: On the Subject of Electronic Literature.
Ian Bogost, “Introducing the Supertweet.”
Lorne Cook, “YouTube Says It’s Too Overwhelmed to Keep Terrorist Videos Off the Site.”
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
Aisha Harris, “Watch Larry Wilmore Kick Off The Nightly Show by Assessing ‘The State of the Black Protest.’”
Mary Morris interviews Margaret Atwood.
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.”
Elias Isquith, “Our American Sniper Sickness: How American Exceptionalism Wrought Guantanamo.”
Aaron Bady, “American Snipper.”
Katie Kilkenny, “Leviathan: An Incisive Take on Russia Even Putin Couldn’t Ignore.”
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.”
Tomaž Šalamun reading and in conversation with David Rivard.
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.”
Bill Chappell, “Student Tuition Now Outweighs State Funding at Public Colleges.”
Colleen Flaherty, “Major Exodus: Where Have All the English Majors Gone?”
And Lucy McCalmont, “Scott Walker Urges Professors to Work Harder.” Um.
“Lawrenceville Seceds from City of Pittsburgh to Form First Hipster Republic.”