Monthly Archives: July 2004

an appetite for public work?

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0The Washington Post interviewed some undecided voters who had watched John Kerry’s convention speech on Thursday. One viewer “said Kerry made her feel that she had a role to play as a citizen. ‘He seemed to be saying we … Continue reading

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deliberation when the stakes get high

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0John Gastil and I are editing a book that will be published early in 2005, probably with the title Handbook of Public Deliberation. Each chapter is written by people who organize a different form of meeting or online discussion … Continue reading

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Barack Obama (part ii)

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Barack Obama’s speech was partisan, needless to say. It was delivered at a major party’s national convention, it endorsed the party’s national ticket, and it was rooted in the core values of the Democratic Party, more than in the … Continue reading

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Barack Obama

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I haven’t been watching the Democratic Convention, because I don’t really watch TV. But a partial transcript of Barack Obama’s speech sent me to the Web for a video of the whole thing. Three-quarters of the way through, I’m … Continue reading

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from Persia to 12th century France and the 21st century web

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Here’s a discovery from our family visit to France three weeks ago. It’s a twelfth-century carving taken from a monastery in Burgundy. Unmistakably, it’s influenced by Persian images of lion-kings, the most famous of which date from the time … Continue reading

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should schools teach “media literacy”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I owe a paper on the reliability of online medical information. I’m thinking of the following title: “Misinformation in Online Medical Information: What is the Role of Schools?” My answer would be: Schools should have as small a role … Continue reading

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two doses of realism about democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0I’m an egalitarian, participatory democrat (with a lower-case “d”). I believe that everyone should have as close as possible to an equal say in the political process. We can then decide fairly what scope we will give to markets. … Continue reading

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Paolo & Francesca

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Among the most common keyword searches that lead visitors to this website are “Paolo” and “Francesca.” I don’t blog about those two doomed lovers from Canto V of Dante’s Inferno, but I am (slowly) writing a book about them. … Continue reading

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young people of color and “efficacy”

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Yesterday, I talked to about 60 high school social studies teachers who are funded by the Annenberg Foundation to conduct an innovative civic education program. After I spoke, one teacher noted a chart in the Civic Mission of Schools … Continue reading

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what’s interesting about conventions (part II)

Facebook0 Twitter0Total0Yesterday, building off an essay by Jay Rosen, I argued that modern presidential nominating conventions are very interesting–not as part of the struggle to get 51% of the vote, but as rituals, performances, symbols. Rituals, in turn, really affect … Continue reading

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