Around the Web Digest- Week of May 29

Hi everyone! My name is Eddie and I am the new Around the Web/Social Media Intern! I am a recent B.A. from Loyola University Chicago; flailing through post-grad life in the city. I am excited to scour the web for some fun reads that really tickle your anthropological imaginations. If you have links for articles and pieces that you would like to share or promote, please send them to me at

The controversy surrounding Harambe the Gorilla and the Cincinnati Zoo has sparked a flood of opinions among the public, primatologists Jane Goodall and Frans de Waal weigh in the incident.

Captain America: Civil War has inspired The Geek Anthropologist to relate the Avengers to global systems of diplomacy, peacekeeping, policy and security. However, with the controversial release of the new Captain America series where SPOILERS Steve Rogers is revealed to be an agent of Hydra, Captain America as a symbol of American Exceptionalism is now in question.

Lindsey Bell explores the podcast as a tool for teaching ethnography for undergraduates on University of Toronto’s Teaching Culture blog! Check out This Anthropological Life podcast on for a taste of what podcasts can do for anthropology!

Join me in a journey deep into the uncanny valley with masks designed to fool facial recognition software. “Data Masks” intervening between the body, digital surveillance, and political activism. If these make you uncomfortable, maybe this analysis of Snapchat faceswaps might help you confront your disgust?

With the American Anthropological Association announcing the election decision on BDS in a few days, here is an activist perspective surrounding anthropology’s colonial past and a review of Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East by Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar by Stanford University Press.

Come back next week for more!