Monthly Archives: July 2008

take them seriously

Joe 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 not aware of … Continue reading

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it’s a tough job …

… 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 magnificent Baroque specimens … Continue reading

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a road not (yet) taken?

Michael 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 and also Karl … Continue reading

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to Prague

Having 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 by not going … Continue reading

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get thee to a nunnery

We 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, gray and 41, … Continue reading

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worrying about “love”

What 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 have been proposed … Continue reading

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positioning an academic argument

In 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 academic debates about … Continue reading

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the ACORN scandal

I 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 to pay the … Continue reading

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inequality in online civic engagement

Most 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. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post … Continue reading

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talkin’ ’bout generations

Ian 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 youngest group? Are … Continue reading

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