Monthly Archives: November 2004

trust and reliability online

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I recently published an article in which I described the following “troubling example”: In June 2004, if you went online to learn about ?cholesterol,? you might have typed that word into Google, the world?s most heavily used … Continue reading

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“The Storm”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Here is a great, if difficult, war poem. It’s from the first page of La Bufera e altro (The Storm and Other Things), a book that Eugenio Montale began in fascist and Nazi-occupied Italy during the Second … Continue reading

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a story about universities and communities

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I thought the following was the most interesting story told at the Penn State conference last weekend. (I’ll relate it in an anonymous paraphrase, since I don’t have the speaker’s permission to name her or her institution.) … Continue reading

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“gay in a red state”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Since the election, I have repeatedly heard sophisticated liberals make extraordinary statements about conservative America, statements that verge on hatred and panic. One senior colleague, for instance, thinks that the election was basically about race; according to … Continue reading

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to Penn State

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m on my way to Penn State University this morning for a “National Public Scholarship Conversation.” We’ll be talking about ways to conduct what Harry Boyte would call “public work” in a land-grant, state university. When scholars … Continue reading

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the “ideas” we need most

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0There are now several standard views about how progressives should recover from the 2004 election. One approach is to develop “new ideas.” That phrase, however, can mean various things, from innovative policy proposals to grand rhetorical statements … Continue reading

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the youth vote: a final thought

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I know I’m in danger of beating a dead horse here, but I have to make one more point about youth turnout. John Kerry would have lost the popular vote even if every single citizen between the … Continue reading

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latest on the youth vote

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We’ve had a wild week at CIRCLE. Many early news stories claimed that youth turnout was 17% (for under-30s) or 10% (for under-25s). Many reporters and pundits (especially on TV) concluded that just one in ten young … Continue reading

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the commons and economic equality

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0To what extent would a strong defense of the “knowledge commons” or the “public domain” increase economic equality? Some libertarians are enthusiastic proponents of the commons, so there could be an interesting coalition of left-liberals plus libertarians … Continue reading

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the “People’s House”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Until 1913, with the passage of the 17th Amendment, Senators were selected by state legislatures. Since there was widespread corruption and class bias in state governments, Senators tended to be millionaires or puppets of specific corporations. The … Continue reading

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