"Comments on news stories are, in a sense, our new civic space, but minus all the social rules." The Atlantic says subscription services could clean up online comment sections.
After saying the Internet is a superorganism in which individuals are but single cells, Robert Wright says increasing interconnectedness brings forward wider spiritual concerns.
Emotions spread through a social group in ways that resemble the spread of disease. According to a study performed in Massachusetts, sadness is more contagious than happiness.
"Doing business in a way that takes environmental economics into account is a good idea; aping climate policy and its mechanisms is not." The Economist assesses the value of nature.
The FCC's infamous profanity ban has been struck down by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The L.A. Times welcomes the ruling as an important shift in priorities.
"China's astonishing urbanization could bring a new era of supercities, but its cultural norms probably won't eclipse American dominance." The foreign minister of Singapore on the rising state.
"The country's new wave of directors are rejecting Bollywood's glitz for grittier, real-life themes." The Independent looks at the new social-political consciousness in post-Bollywood films.
"Journalism should be more like science," says the founder of Wikileaks who has drawn the ire of many political authorities for exposing various cases of corruption and fraud.
"While I do not mean to let bad parents off the hook, the fact remains that perfectly decent parents can produce toxic children." A psychiatry professor on why parents aren't always to blame.
Two English health scholars have written a book called 'The Spirit Level' which locates the cause of social ills in income inequality. The Boston Review unpacks their arguments.
"Students are taking out loans that they may not be able to repay, and some fear massive defaults." Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says for-profit colleges may be doing a public disservice.
"We were promised a life of leisure thanks to hard-working robots and fiendishly clever cyborgs. But the android fantasy has largely been terminated," says The Independent.
"An online game that tasks players with reining in government spending suggests the public is more willing to make hard choices than they get credit for." Miller-McCune on the deficit question.
"The fiscal 2010 deficit—$1 trillion and counting—is an encouraging sign," says Daniel Gross at Slate. The business columnist says worries about a short-term American debt crisis are unfounded.
Al-Shabaab, a brutal Somalian insurgency, has attacked inside Uganda. How much should this international Islamic terrorism concern the U.S. and how can, or should, the U.S. respond?