Monday, April 2, 2012

Links for the Week [March 26 - April 1 2012]

Most of my reading this week was health-care.  Obviously, the Supreme Court's hostile questioning of the Obama Administration's signature legislation was a big shock.  Still, it was  useful to see the ACA defended in ways that the Administration wasn't able to before the Supreme Court.  Here's a Tumblr summary of some of the arguments I found interesting.  

About a "creepy" application called "Girls Around You" and what it says about social networking, data and privacy. 

John Lancaster on Marx in the London Review of Books.  A wonderful piece on what Marx means to us today -- and what he was right about. 

Dahlia Lithwick on the twisted idea of "liberty" that the conservative wing of the Supreme Court has.  I usually find Lithwick's prose a bit too hectoring but I agree with every point she makes here. 

How to be an Academic Failure: A Guide for Beginners.  The title says it all.

When writers have as much power as J. K. Rowling, they can transform the publishing industry single-handedly.  More seriously, the Web has given writers more bargaining power w.r.t. publishers and distributors. 

How much work is it to teach at a community college? Probably a lot.  Henry Farrell comments. 

I am very late to this really really good Ethan Zuckerman post on the blurring lines between advocacy and journalism.  The Passion of Mike Daisey: Journalism, Storytelling and the Ethics of Attention, by Ethan Zuckerman.

And finally, a dense philosophical meditation on computation.  Ian Horswill: What is Computation? Crossroads Magazine, March 2012, ACM

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