Monday, Mar 22, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Smithsonian Institution
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Latest in History

All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books
— TIME (TIME, 2011)
How British Social History Is Written Through Our Cookbooks
— Felicity Cloake (New Statesman, 27 June 2011)
Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books
— Pitchfork (Pitchfork, 11 July 2011)
Before Walt Disney: 5 Pioneers of Early Animation
— Maria Popova (The Atlantic, 5 July 2011)
Heroes of the KGB: The Communist Bloc's Spy Films
— Alex von Tunzelmann (The Guardian, 5 May 2011)
What Is Totalitarian Art? Cultural Kitsch From Stalin to Saddam
— Kanan Makiya (Foreign Affairs, May 2011)
Lithuania's Soviet Nostalgia: Back in the USSR
— Dan Hancox (The Guardian, 1 May 2011)
The Best Civil War Books
— Malcolm Jones (The Daily Beast, 15 April 2011)
How the Civil War changed American Literature
— Craig Fehrman (The Boston Globe, 10 April 2011)
The Roots of the Irish Disco/Dance Club Scene
— Paul Tarpey (Amoeblog, 17 March 2011)

Latest in Science & Technology

Cutting the Cord: How the World's Engineers Built Wi-Fi
— Iljitsch van Beijnum and Jaume Barcelo (Ars Technica, November 2011)
How Music Changes Our Brains
— Thomas Rogers (Salon, 23 October 2011)
How Google Dominates Us
— James Gleick (The New York Review of Books, 18 August 2011)
Can Watching ‘Jackass’ Turn You Into One?
— Tom Jacobs (Miller-McCune, 7 June 2011)
Everyone’s a Critic: Babies Prefer Picasso
— Tom Jacobs (Miller-McCune, 14 June 2011)
Rapture Ready: The Science of Self Delusion
— Chris Mooney (Mother Jones, May 2011)
One Professor’s Attempt to Explain Every Joke Ever
— Joel Warner (Wired, 26 April 2011)
Electronic Devices Redefine Quality Family Time
— Alex Williams (The New York Times, 29 April 2011)
25 Great Books By Legendary Scientists
— Alasdair Wilkins (io9, 20 April 2011)
The Sharing Economy
— Craig Robinson (Fast Company, 18 April 2011)

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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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