Daily Archives: March 1, 2017

The Digital World Has Changed The Very Idea Of What Dictionaries Are

“The online OED now allows the reader to click on citations from Shakespeare and Milton to get the extended passage they’re drawn from, and readers can easily go online to do the same with citations from other writers. Online dictionaries like Wordnik already use algorithms to construct citation lists on the fly; at the limit, you could think of an online dictionary as simply a lexicographical web interface… The advent of online historical corpora has also altered the lexicographer’s method. Word sleuthery has become a game that anyone with access to a search engine can play.”

USA | “There are highly influential factions in Washington that would stand to benefit enormously from the resurrection of the Cold War”

Glenn Greenwald, ‘The Intercept’ columnist, was inspired by the recent The New Yorker’s Big Cover Story to analyze the fears of the US elites.  The last issue of  The New Yorker starts from Big Cover Story revealing Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. and Russia. The magazine is aggressively touting its cover story on Russia and Trump that was bylined by three writers, including the magazine’s editor-in-chief, David Remnick. Beginning with its cover image menacingly featuring Putin, Trump and the magazine’s title in Cyrillic letters, along with its lead cartoon dystopically depicting a UFO-like Red Square hovering over and phallically invading the White House, a large bulk of the article is devoted to what has now become standard – and very profitable – fare among East Coast news magazines: feeding Democrats the often-xenophobic, hysterical Russia-phobia for which they have a seemingly insatiable craving. Democratic media outlets have thus predictably cheered this opus for exposing “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence on the presidential election.”

India | A foreign policy of cruel populism

by Vijay Prashad

France | Mutations of Fascism: an interview with Enzo Traverso

by Olivier Doubre

In Les Nouveaux Visages du fascisme, Enzo Traverso and Régis Meyran discuss the continuities and discontinuities between the fascist movements of the twentieth century and the “post-fascist” far right of today. Olivier Doubre spoke with Traverso for the 16-22 February 2017 edition of Politis. Translated by David Broder.