Friday Link List for Friday, July 5, 2013

1. Teen Jailed For Facebook Comment Beaten Up Behind Bars {npr}.

This is freaking crazy:

Carter has been in jail since his arrest in February. After he finished playing the online game League of Legends, where the community trash-talking can get quite toxic, court documents show he posted the following messages on a Facebook page:

“I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten / And watch the blood of the innocent rain down/ And eat the beating heart of one of them.”

Carter’s father says his son was responding to an insult by being sarcastic and followed the message with “JK” for just kidding, but that’s disputed by police. …

If convicted, Carter could face up to 10 years in prison.

2. Marc Maron with David Sedaris {wtf podcast}

A real keeper from Marc Maron this week. Love the bit about how the fact checkers for a recent piece he wrote for the New Yorker required his sister to confirm a funny-but-personal quotation she made awhile back.

3. This is Your Brain on Pop Neuroscience {andrew sullivan}.

I’m taking this one as a personal affront:

[T]he uses and abuses of neuroscience are more illustrative as a story of our tendency to get ahead of ourselves. Our perennial thirst for elegant mechanisms and overarching narratives, noble in its own right, can lead us to take lazy shortcuts and place our hope in the Next Big Explanation, whether phrenology, Freud, or Freakonomics. Culture, history, and politics are complicated, confusing, and mostly boring. With the recent successes of neuroscience, it’s easy to wish that the chatter of narratives, prejudices, habits, and emotion could be replaced with the clinical pings of the fMRI machine.

 4. An Ephemeral Web {andrew sullivan}.

Lastly, Andrew points to the fleeting nature of web content in light of a recent terms-of-service crackdown by Google on its Blogger platform:

When even Google is giving bloggers just three days to save their sites or see their content disappeared—three days when many of them are on summer vacations, no less—it’s pretty obvious that there’s no such thing as a truly benign online organization any more.