Monthly Archives: July 2004

an appetite for public work?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The 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 … Continue reading

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deliberation when the stakes get high

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0John 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 … Continue reading

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Barack Obama (part ii)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Barack 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 … Continue reading

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Barack Obama

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here’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 … Continue reading

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should schools teach “media literacy”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I 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 … Continue reading

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two doses of realism about democracy

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’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 … Continue reading

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Paolo & Francesca

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Among 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 … Continue reading

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young people of color and “efficacy”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, 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 … Continue reading

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what’s interesting about conventions (part II)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Yesterday, 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, … Continue reading

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