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Weekly Round-up: Aaron Swartz revisited, Floods destroy austerity, Doniger’s book recalled, Stuart Hall, and Flappy Bird

The Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Round-up, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. “Peter Ludlow: ‘Aaron Swartz Was Right’” , The Chronicle of Higher Education: Ludlow considers the current state of academic publishing, wherein publishers have become ‘become bottlers of knowledge’ rather than disseminators, in light of Aaron Swartz’s attempts to combat the ‘private theft of public culture.’

2. “George Eaton: ‘Cameron’s declaration that “money is no object” has destroyed his austerity message’” , New Statesman: Now that the Thames has flooded, despite many parts of Britain having been under water for weeks, it is time to get the cheque book out. Or is it?

3. “BBC News: ‘Wendy Doniger book ‘to be recalled’ by Penguin India’” , BBC News: While this upsetting decision has yet to be fully covered outside of India, details have emerged that a court case has ruled that copies of a book by Doniger to be sold in India will be pulped by the publisher within the next six months. Doniger is a well-regarded, if controversial, Indologist at the University of Chicago School of Divinity.

4. “David Morley and Bill Schwarz: ‘Stuart Hall obituary’” , The Guardian: Morley and Schwarz pay tribute to the founding editor of the New Left Review and the ‘Godfather of Multiculturalism,’ a man who is more than the sum of his influence.

5. “Kate Douglas: ‘Talk is cheep: Do caged birds sing a key to language?’” , New Scientist: Kazuo Okanoya and his colleagues believe they have discovered new insights into the emergence of human language by observing the songs of Bengalese finches.

6. “Ian Bogost: ‘The Squalid Grace of Flappy Bird’” , The Atlantic: A encomium to the unbearable ennui of playing excessively difficult video games.


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