Monthly Archives: July 2004

does anything happen at a convention?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As I recall, there’s a passage in Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise about the “most photographed barn in America.” People go there because others do. You cannot see the actual barn, because it is surrounded by hordes … Continue reading

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why civility really matters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Diana Mutz and Byron Reeves have conducted fascinating experiments that demonstrate the serious effects of rudeness in our televised politics. (See “Videomalaise Revisited: Effects of Television Incivility on Political Trust,” Journalism and Mass Communication Educator” Spring 2004, … Continue reading

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dulce et decorum est

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Last week in Burgundy, we noticed that every single town had erected a stone cross with the names of its dead from 1914-18 and 1939-45. Even a village of 50 people (according to our Michelin guide) might … Continue reading

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too close to call

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve previously advertised this impressive article by Larry Bartels and John Zaller, which finds that the change in real personal disposable income is the best predictor of an incumbent president’s share of the vote. The ethical implications … Continue reading

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the Institute of Development Studies

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Almost two weeks ago, I attended meetings at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (England). I’ll write about the content of those meetings at some later point. For now, I’d simply like to draw attention … Continue reading

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assessment woes

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I?m on the advisory board of a program for adolescents that?s organized by Temple University in Philadelphia, the Middlesex County Community College in New Jersey, and Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I went to Temple today to … Continue reading

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back from France

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We spent last week in northern Burgundy. We chose our location because we had found a nice and affordable house to rent for the week. It?s a fairly typical corner of rural France, not an area that’s … Continue reading

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