Monthly Archives: July 2008

take them seriously

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Joe Garofoli in the San Francisco Chronicle and Jeff Brady on NPR’s All Things Considered both recently quoted me on whether funny advertisements and web-based games are smart ways for campaigns to mobilize young voters. I am … Continue reading

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it’s a tough job …

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0… but someone has to hold up the balconies and lintels of Prague. One of these is 600 years old, one is a Communist, one is grotesque (in the original sense of the word), and several are … Continue reading

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a road not (yet) taken?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Michael Calderone of Politico reports that the McCain campaign tried to hire an AP reporter and editor, Ron Fournier, as a senior adviser. Fournier has been criticized by liberals for being allegedly too personally friendly with McCain … Continue reading

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to Prague

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Having just landed in Belmont, Massachusetts, with our bags and boxes hardly unpacked, my family and I are off to Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic tomorrow morning. I will be treating my Internet addiction … Continue reading

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get thee to a nunnery

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We bought our new house in Belmont, MA, yesterday. For the two weeks before that, my family had remained in Washington while I lived in a Tufts University dorm room. Colleagues seem surprised and amused that I, … Continue reading

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worrying about “love”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0What is the meaning of a principle like “causing needless pain is bad” or “lying is wrong”? These principles are not always right–think about the pain of an athletic event or lying to the Gestapo. Various explanations … Continue reading

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positioning an academic argument

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In free moments, I’m revising what I call my “Dante book,” which is actually an argument about the moral value of literature. The peer reviewer said that I should explain how my project fits in with recent … Continue reading

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the ACORN scandal

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was amazed to read that a senior official at ACORN (“the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people”) embezzled nearly $1 million in 1999-2000. Instead of being fired, he was reassigned and asked … Continue reading

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inequality in online civic engagement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Most kids are now online, but inequalities persist in their online civic engagement. I just posted a comment on this topic over at “Engaged Youth: Civic Learning Online,” which is a blog worth visiting.

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talkin’ ’bout generations

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Ian Shapira has an article in the Washington Post about how to define today’s younger generations. Are they “Millennials” or “Gen Y”? What year is the cutoff for each generation? What generalizations can we make about today’s … Continue reading

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