Starting today, we’ll be posting a weekly round-up of cool stuff from around the web that the editorial collective thinks might be interesting to readers of the blog: posts from other blogs, news stories, art objects, internet ephemera. If you stumble across anything that you think might fit here, just shoot a link to email@example.com. Help break us out of our habitual media itineraries and parochial corners of the internet!
- Anthropology News published a nice short essay on the histories and futures of brisket. Come for the recipe for Lil Pachter’s Jewish-Style Braised Brisket, stay for Kelly Alexander’s sharp writing on the politics of this polyvocal piece of meat.
- If you work on AI, you probably saw a proposed European Parliament resolution about how to deal with relationships between humans and their intelligent creations last year. Well, it’s coming up for an actual vote soon, and Coltan Scrivner takes the occasion for an interestingly cautious piece on the ethics of artificial intelligence at Savage Minds, drawing together discourse about primatology, rights, and smart machines.
- If you’re stressed out about the inauguration, take a break to space out with Zeno van den Broek’s “immersive AV architectures” and read an interview with the composer and artist over at Create Digital Media. Van den Broek’s own website also has a ton of content to explore if you get hooked.
- Break out the popcorn for Somatosphere’s excellent book forum on a recent edited collection by Anthony Stavrianakis, Gaymon Bennet, and Lyle Fearnley, titled Science, Reason, Modernity: Readings for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, which includes a spirited response from the editors.
- Take a look at new media culture in formation, with some compassionate thoughts about how kids are forging new rules of conduct on social media, from Devorah Heitner at the New York Times.
- Trying to make sense of the fake news, and the arguments about fake news, and the arguments about the arguments about fake news that are threatening to take over your newsfeed? Take a look at Hugh Gusterson’s thoroughly anthropological thoughts about #pizzagate and other rumors in the internet age over at Sapiens.
- If the relentless cascade of actual political news sharing that same newsfeed has left you feeling vegetal, or just post-human in general, check out “What are Humans? Who are Plants?“, the latest post from Michael Marder at The Philosopher’s Plant.
- Finally, given the occasion of this inaugural post, we would be remiss if we didn’t include a link to Cultural Anthropology’s series on The Rise of Trumpism, featuring posts by heavy-hitters like Judith Butler, Michael Fischer, Susan Harding and Michael Taussig, well-curated by Lucas Bessire and David Bond.
Stay safe and happy as best you can today and this weekend, folks! We’ll be back with our editorial welcome for 2017 next Tuesday.