Newsletter 215


Hic sunt camelopardus: this historical edition of The Browser is presented for archaeological purposes; links and formatting may be broken.

[1]History Is On The Side Of Democracy
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/gkC1hY

Philip Stephens | FT | 20 January 2011

Nation-building fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan, rise of authoritarian
  China, led West to lose confidence in universality of democratic values.
  Take heart from Tunisia. People everywhere want democracy, even if their
  leaders don't

[2]Young Parents Run Britain
    Links:
      2. http://b.rw/fvOx8f

Bagehot | Economist | 21 January 2011

Britain has young leaders, with young children. A change for the better.
  "The world looks at once kindlier and more fragile with small children in
  it, and essentially optimistic. In these austere times, that is a source of
  strength"

[3]Priced Out Of An Alcoholic Stupor
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/eSTztt

Tim Harford | 22 January 2011

"For a rational addict, every swig of Smirnoff planned for tomorrow
  reinforces the case for drinking Smirnoff today. I’m sure I don’t need to
  spell out the corollary: if prices will rise in the future, the time to quit
  is now"

[4]Critical Theory In The Nudging Era
    Links:
      4. http://b.rw/fCAECC

Will Davies | Potlatch | 21 January 2011

"The nudgers are, bizarre as it may sound, crypto-Foucauldians. What was
  previously tacit about the production of liberal subjectivity has become an
  explicit government programme of altering and improving our decisions and
  desires"
                 [5]View full selection
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[6]Evgeny Morozov on =PHILOSOPHY OF TECHNOLOGY=
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/evgeny-morozov-on-philosophy-technology

Leading technology commentator discusses the relationship between technology
  and  authoritarianism  -  and  argues that "philosophers of technology
  completely missed the train on the internet" [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/evgeny-morozov-on-philosophy-technology

Topic

[8]Islam
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/topics/islam

Islam is the world's fastest growing religion. Some of the world's most
  militant groups claim to be acting in the name of Islam, although many of
  their victims are Muslim. Read interviews with Islamic experts and delve
  into our selection of articles to find out more
  [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/islam

Book of the Day

[10]Technics and Civilization
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/technics-and-civilization-by-lewis-mumford

-by Lewis Mumford - It was a very important book, because it started this
  debate about the effect technologies have on societies from a political
  viewpoint: whether they actually enable certain political forces to take
  greater control over individuals. It was particularly important given the
  fact that it was written in the 1930s, with the rise of Nazism in Europe. I
  think many of the debates we’re having now – about, for example, is the
  internet changing our brains? – all essentially go back to some of those
  criticisms by Mumford.

[11]More recommendations…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Browsings

[12]TheBrowser How The First Cable Was Laid Across The Atlantic - intriguing
  Wired     tale.     Thanks     to     @[13]damienjoyce for    spotting
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