Monthly Archives: February 2007

a true story, a propos of nothing

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It is 1617. Edward Coke, until recently the Lord Chief Justice of England and before that the implacable prosecutor of Guy Fawkes, Sir Walter Ralegh, and the Earl of Essex, has been fired by King James for … Continue reading

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youth mapping this summer

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This summer, my colleagues and I will help run a pilot course for adolescents in Prince George’s County, MD. We will teach these young people to identify issues or problems that they want to address, and then … Continue reading

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the Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship at Tufts

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m just back from visiting the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, which is a very unusual and courageous experiment. At Tufts, there are several prominent experts on “active citizenship”–political scientists, psychologists, sociologists, … Continue reading

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Facebook and politics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(In Cambridge, MA) Students don’t give a lot of money to political candidates; they don’t have enough to give. In 2004, according to the American National Election Study, just 1.3% of young people (ages 18-25) said they … Continue reading

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citizen media update

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(en route to Boston) My colleague Jan Shaffer has issued a report entitled “Citizen Media: Fad or the Future of News? The Rise and Prospects of Hyperlocal Journalism.” Her conclusions are based on detailed interviews with the … Continue reading

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three forms of populism in the 2008 campaign

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It appears that the next presidential campaign will offer several strong but contrasting flavors of populism: Sam Brownback asserts that Americans’ traditional, popular, moral values are threatened by the “violence, obscenity, and indecency in today‚Äôs media,” by … Continue reading

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the federal budget

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0On the day after the president released his 2008 budget, it might be helpful to take a longer view. Below I show the percentage of the total budget (also known as “your tax dollar”) that is devoted … Continue reading

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sunlight, the best disinfectant

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 2006, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) defeated incumbents who were tied to Jack Abramoff–our latest exemplar of a corrupt lobbyist. In an effort to demonstrate their own commitment to “transparency,” Tester and … Continue reading

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campaign finance: defining deviancy down

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0It isn’t easy to regulate or control money in politics. There are practical problems: money tends to seep around legal limits. There are big political obstacles: everyone who holds elected office won the last race under the … Continue reading

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the hookup culture (II)

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In a comment to yesterday’s post on the “hookup culture,” Mike Weiksner asks whether this is a new phenomenon. I don’t know for sure, but I find two trends interesting: the rate of sexual intercourse is basically … Continue reading

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