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Virtually a Historian

Blogs and the Recent History of Dispossessed Academic Labor

Claire Bond Potter

A contemporary history of higher education in the United States is being written on the Internet. Academic bloggers interrupt and circumvent the influence of professional associations over debates about unemployment, contingent labor, publishing, tenure review, and other aspects of creating and maintaining a scholarly career. On the Internet, limited status and prestige, as well as one's invisibility as a colleague, are no barrier to acquiring an audience within the profession or creating a contemporary archive of academic labor struggles. At a moment of financial and political crisis for universities, these virtual historians have increasingly turned their critical faculties to scrutinizing, critiquing, and documenting the neoliberal university. Although blogging has not displaced established sources of intellectual prestige, virtual historians are engaged in the project of constructing their own scholarly identities and expanding what counts as intellectual and political labor for scholars excluded from the world of full-time employment.

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Gerry Mackie

Cass Sunstein details intrinsic flaws in group discussion, even in ideal deliberation, and draws attention to prediction markets and information-aggregation devices on the internet as supplements to discussion. I respond that the supposed flaws do not affect ideal deliberation, and that the evaluation of group discussion is too pessimistic: there are alternative hypotheses to account for his findings, and there are doubts about their external validity. Also, I contend that his evaluation of prediction markets and internet devices is too optimistic. The markets have failed miserably, and the internet is vulnerable to astroturfing by the powerful and wealthy.

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The U.S. Economic Crisis

A Marxian Analysis

Richard D. Wolff

The U.S. economy’s high-tech sector (internet, computers, telecommunications, etc.) burst its classic speculative bubble in 2000. The Nasdaq stock market lost 40 per cent of its value during the year and lost another 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2001. The Nasdaq dragged down most other stock market indicators in the U.S. Trillions of dollars in U.S. wealth vanished. The wealthiest citizens turned away from the stock market as rapid losses replaced the absurdly high gains of 1999. Other U.S. citizens watched in horror as their recent expansions of securities holdings rapidly shrank in value (also confronting many with vanished savings and reduced retirement benefits since their pensions were invested in ‘history’s greatest boom’). See Appendix 5 for the details on U.S. stock ownership patterns. Industries began to scale back their investment programs as rapid growth shifted to slow growth and recession loomed. The majority of workers slowed their spending and their accumulation of debt because of falling stock prices and because they fear a recession’s impact on wages, benefits, and job security. All these negative developments are continuing into 2001.

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Daniel Lord Smail

Middle Ages to our times . Aslockton, Notts, U.K.: Avon & Arno.” 12 You can do the next bit on your own: go to the Internet and try to authenticate the book’s existence. In fairness, you may find a related title by Mr. Held and in this you can find a

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From Villainous Letch and Sinful Outcast, to “Especially Beloved of God”

Complicating the Medieval Leper through Gender and Social Status

Christina Welch and Rohan Brown

references to lepers in Troilus and Cressida, Tristan and Isolde, and Chaucer’s Summoner, but visual depictions of lepers in manuscripts and bibles also tended to be male, as an internet image search using the term “medieval leper” can demonstrate. 40 Males

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Nicole Hudgins

’s wartime cartoons are available on the Internet Archive (archive.org). 32 Arsène Alexandre used the word “bruised” or “murdered” ( meurtrie, meurtrier, meurtre ) at least twenty times to describe the fate of inanimate objects in Les Monuments français

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Teppo Eskelinen

situation, see for example Deutsche Bank research: https://www.dbresearch.com/PROD/DBR_INTERNET_EN-PROD/PROD0000000000276448/Bank+profitability+after+the+crisis.PDF ; on the U.S. see FDIC statistics: https://www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical/ 2 For discussion

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From Exoticism to Authenticity

Textbooks during French Colonization and the Modern Literature of Global Tourism

Claudine Moïse

rely on processes of identity reification and make use of the written material resources at hand on a large scale, thanks to the school system, tourism, and the Internet. One could argue that they are not bonded by historicity and that they are not

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“Clear and Present Danger”

The Legacy of the 1917 Espionage Act in the United States

Petra DeWitt

the rights of a few to protect the public and national security. 63 Congressmen invoked this interpretation of the Espionage Act when they discussed the leaking of sensitive information through the Internet during hearings in 2010 related to Bradley

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Deleuze's Postscript on the Societies of Control

Updated for Big Data and Predictive Analytics

James Brusseau

unbounded purchasing environment. Stores are everywhere (as long as you have your phone and are internet connected), and you are constantly in the checkout line (two clicks buys any product appearing on the screen). The coercive potential is unlimited: you