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The Media Has A Probability Problem | FiveThirtyEight
The reason is not because the world is highly predictable or because data can solve every problem, but because human judgment is more fallible than most people realize — and being more disciplined and rigorous in your approach can give you a fighting chance of getting the story right. The world isn’t one where things always turn out exactly as we want them to or expect them to. But it’s the world we live in.
statistics  journalism  elections  polls  mathematics  politics  media 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
the fear is necessary
People who read a lot of internet news might feel like they're in danger; people living in these areas actually live and experience daily danger. But just as Trump isn't concerned about facts, he's not concerned about that experience. The fear is necessary; it, along with the refusal to believe that the world has and will continue to change, is his power source. Eliminate it, and there'd be no need for him. 
journalism  attention  power  internet  media  politics 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
On the Political Value of Fashion | JOOJOO AZAD | جوجو آزاد
Refusing to engage with the politics of fashion does not allow you to be any less political—it just makes you silent. At a time we cannot afford to be.

Engage with your clothing. Be intentional and meaningful with what you choose to convey—and how you choose to do it.
fashion  identity  curation  power  politics  aesthetics 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Masha Gessen On Trump, Russia, and ‘How Pride Is Political’ | Village Voice
“I’m very much in favor of being alarmist in regards to Trump,” she says. “That’s quite different from conspiracy thinking.”
politics  storytelling  lgbt  elections  russia  power  congress 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic - The New York Times
“Listen, I know I can’t be there night and day for everyone. But at this point now, I feel like I can’t lose another young man to this disease.”
hiv  aids  mississippi  black  disease  health  politics 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
California Über Alles | Ann Friedman
"Believe me, I understand the temptation to separate yourself: it’s true that I am different from the people I grew up with who chose to stay in Iowa. Part of that difference is, now, an economic and cultural advantage. So I have a dual responsibility: to see that California actually makes good on its professed values, and to ensure that those values incorporate the rest of America. Refusing to rationalize elite neglect is the real rebellion."
california  usa  president  politics  iowa  economy  jobs  work  behavior 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Uber, Data Darwinism and the future of work — Tech News and Analysis
The shift from a generation that started out un-connected to one that is growing up connected will result in conflicts, disruption and eventually the redrawing of our societal expectations. The human race has experienced these shifts before — just not at the speed and scale of this shift.
data  culture  future  work  reputation  identity  power  politics 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Did Obama Win Because He Addressed White Americans as Individuals? - Atlantic Mobile
"Independence was more motivating," she said. "...Instead of saying something like, 'We're responsible for one another so we must do x behavior' -- do more gun control, recycle more -- it might be better to say, 'You can make this better for all Americans' ... really emphasizing their individual agency."
usa  politics  power  research  democracy  communication  race  asianamerican  white 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Life Liberty and Blazing Broadband
I have watched my kids closely over the years. I am a noticer. I pay a lot of attention to what they and their friends do, say, and think. It is a guidepost for me in terms of where we are going and how we are going to get there.

Their generation grew up with a computer on their lap and now in their pocket. They were on Facebook before they were supposed to be. Their first phone was a smartphone. They prefer to watch a movie on their laptop lying on their bed than in the movie theater. And as a young woman said at Princeton last week, they want "life, liberty, and blazing broadband".
power  web  Internet  wifi  government  politics  technology  freespeech 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Political Animal - Dysfunction obscures the more meaningful problem
We’re not in a broken-down car; we’re in a perfectly good car with a crazy person in the passenger seat recklessly grabbing the steering wheel at inopportune times.
politics  republicans 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Drudge "stays on top"? Pandering on race, right-wing paranoia | Philly | 05/16/2011
We should by all means talk about Matt Drudge, but we need to be honest about who he is, who he influences and how -- and that is a far uglier picture that the one that New York Times readers got today. Of all the exaggerated, half-bogus story lines that have been spun on the Drudge Report, none has been more successful or more enduring than the legend of Matt Drudge himself.
journalism  media  race  bigotry  politics  bias  online  attention  research 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Techno-optimism
Herein lies the difference between a ‘‘technology activist’’ and ‘‘an activist who uses technology’’ – the former prioritizes tools that are safe for their users; the latter prioritizes tools that accomplish some activist goal. The trick for technology activists is to help activists who use technology to appreciate the hidden risks and help them find or make better tools. That is, to be pessimists and optimists: without expert collaboration, activists might put themselves at risk with poor technology choices; with collaboration, activists can use technology to outmaneuver autocrats, totalitarians, and thugs.
politics  media  technology  data  activism  security  privacy 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Interviews: tUnE-yArDs
What brings it into a new light in this album is moving to Oakland. In Montreal, I got away with living in a pretty idyllic state with other Anglo musicians. It was a small city with a really warm environment for being a young artist and then I come to Oakland and there's a new kind of fear I have walking around. You've got to watch your back. It reminded me of how my dad used to talk about New York in the 1970s. Gunshots and muggings-- that happens a lot around here. It threw my awareness of what the state is right now back in my face. I never want to be a political songwriter; I don't want to tell people what my opinions are. And writing from a character's point of view is a way that I employ to understand that view. To get the personal story rather than "I believe this and so should you." You get to the humanity of a riot or a shooting or whatever it's about. There's a visceral connection rather than an overarching personal sense.
Oakland  music  songwriting  power  politics 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Interviews: TV on the Radio
Pitchfork: People say the protest song is dead, but maybe it's just not as specific anymore.

TA: Yeah, it's not like historical documentary-- you have to be a really talented writer if you're trying to encapsulate a news story with a song and have it live after the event. I don't have the focus to do that, really.

Pitchfork: But would you want to?

TA: Not particularly. My feelings aren't as concrete or based in time. Like, any human being oppressing another human being-- I don't care who it is-- I'm not for that.

KM: You could write a song called "I'm Not for That". [laughs]

TA: Like a 22-minute song of things I'm not for-- [sings in country voice] "I don't like my pizza in a personal pan." [laughs]

KM: [sings] "Don't take me back to Vietnam."

TA: [sings] "I'm not for that." It's great! Liquid gold!
songwriting  rock  indie  politics  music 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Really Smart Phone - WSJ.com
"We can measure their daily exposure to political opinions," said project scientist Anmol Madan at MIT's Media Lab. "Maybe one day, you would be able to download a phone app to measure how much Republican or Democratic exposure you are getting and, depending on what side you're on, give you a warning."
politics  technology  mobile  data  android  google  republicans  democrats  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Francis Fukuyama’s New History of Human Social Structures - NYTimes.com
“My argument is that the rule of law comes out of organized religion, and that democracy is a weird accident of history,” he said. “Parliaments in Europe had legal rights, and it was a complete historical accident that the English Parliament could fight a civil war and produce a constitutional settlement that became the basis of modern democracy.”
democracy  history  politics  power  europe  books  nonfiction  behavior 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us | Epicenter | Wired.com
“It’s your own personal, unique universe of information that you live in online,” Pariser said. “What’s in it depends on who you are and what you do. But the thing is, you don’t decide what gets in, and you don’t see what gets edited out.”
attention  politics  social  facebook  twitter  technology  reputation  aggregation  curation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Jeff Greenfield’s ‘Then Everything Changed’ - Review - NYTimes.com
“Geography, topography, ethnicity, ideology, climate, natural resources, the search for wealth, mass migrations, all set the framework; but the random roll of the dice is as potent a force as any,” he writes. “A missed meeting, a shift in the weather, a slightly different choice of words open up a literally limitless series of possibilities.”
writing  creativity  futurism  politics  usa 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NPR's Giffords Mistake: Re-Learning the Lesson of Checking Sources : NPR Ombudsman : NPR
“The upside of having information first is fleeting,” said Garcia. “The downside is enormous, painful. Everyone feels awful.”
media  journalism  radio  politics  power  news 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Capitol Journal: We should have kept Davis - latimes.com
"We're all part of a system basically designed not to work," says Democratic state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Sacramento's most experienced politician, who received more votes in November than any candidate for any office.

"That's why we have three branches and two [legislative] houses. They're meant to have government not do much and theoretically leave people alone. In California, we've added lots of complications: The two-thirds [majority] vote, term limits, the initiative.

"We've complicated the system while people's expectations about what government should do have grown exponentially."
california  government  sacramento  politics 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Eleven Brands to Watch in 2011 - Allen Adamson - BrandSimple - Forbes
Last and absolutely not least, especially in this age of transparency, when assessing a brand’s staying power, I take into consideration whether it practices what it preaches. Is it authentic? Consumers want to know the who, what and why behind the brands they buy and they have the digital ways and means to find out. They want the genuine article, literally and figuratively, and any brand that isn’t what it claims to be can expect to feel the results.
marketing  future  technology  politics  transparency  business 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback; The Sorrows of Empire, Dead at 79 | CommonDreams.org
In one of my fondest memories of Chalmers and Sheila Johnson at their home with their then Russian blue cats, MITI and MOF, named after the two engines of Japan's political economy -- Chal railed against the journal, Foreign Affairs, which he saw as a clap trap of statist conventionalism. He decided he had had enough of the journal and of the organization that published it, the Council on Foreign Relations. So, Chalmers called the CFR and told the young lady on the phone to cancel his membership.

The lady said, "Professor Johnson, I'm sorry sir. No one cancels their membership in the Council in Foreign Relations. Membership is for life. People are canceled when they die."

Chalmers Johnson, not missing a beat, said "Consider me dead."
foreign  empire  military  economy  japan  news  politics  power  geography  books  nonfiction  obituaries 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tanya Hamilton's 'Night Catches Us' captures a point in time - Los Angeles Times
I've always been interested in politics, poverty and the working class," says the director. "And the price you pay for dedication to a political movement."

Hamilton sets the tone in the opening credits, turning a series of classic Black Power posters into a potent visual statement but "it was important to me to show the variations of class in black life," she says.

As much as anything, Hamilton says she is drawn to the ordinary within black life, rather than the extremes. "There's a distinct lack of content specific to what it is to be a black American, the variations in that experience, what life is like for people who are ordinary. Those are the stories I want to tell."
film  cinema  black  race  1970s  philadelphia  writing  activism  class  african  politics  poverty  art 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Am I the last person in America who still adores President Obama? - By Curtis Sittenfeld - Slate Magazine
But when I see Obama on television, I'm unfailingly struck by his intelligence and charisma, by his easygoing humor, by the magnificence of his megawatt smile. He just makes me proud, and perhaps this is where I should admit that if there are two categories of Obama critics—conservatives who never liked the guy and have in some cases become unhinged since he was elected, and centrists or Democrats who voted for him but now feel let down—I suspect that, in the visceral nature of my response to our president, I have more in common with the unhinged nut jobs. By this I mean that my Obama admiration is a kind of emotional inverse of the right-wing Obama antipathy: I can pretend it's all about policy, but in truth, it's much more personal.
culture  social  politics  obama 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tim Rutten on Tuesday's election: Make way for gridlock - latimes.com
One of the first tests of his ability to discipline populist revolutionaries fresh from the electoral barricades will come when the new Congress is asked to raise the federal debt limit from $12.4 trillion to $14.3 trillion. No Congress has ever refused to approve such an increase and, if such a refusal were to occur, the consequences for the global financial system would be apocalyptic. Many of the new senators and House members have pledged to vote against an increase in the debt. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity — one of the more active national tea party groups — told Politico this week that the Republicans' new House majority "cannot fold on the debt."
politics  congress  usa  senate  republicans  obama  elections 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Oldsters Vote, Youngsters Don't, Republicans Win | The New Republic
In 2008, the young were 18% of the electorate, and the old were 16% of the electorate. In 2010, the young were 10% of the electorate, and the old were 24% of the electorate.
age  politics  obama  elections  democrats  republicans  power 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
It’s Morning in India - NYTimes.com
India and America are both democracies, a top Indian official explained to me, but emotionally they are now ships passing in the night. Because today the poorest Indian maid believes that if she can just save a few dollars to get her kid English lessons, that kid will have a better life than she does. So she is an optimist. “But the guy in Kansas,” he added, “who today is enjoying a better life than that maid, is worried that he can’t pass it on to his kids. So he’s a pessimist.”
usa  india  politics  english  democracy  education 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
James T. Kloppenberg Discusses His ‘Reading Obama’ - NYTimes.com
“To critics on the left he seems a tragic failure, a man with so much potential who has not fulfilled the promise of change that partisans predicted for his presidency,. To the right he is a frightening success, a man who has transformed the federal government and ruined the economy.”
obama  politics  books  philosophy  reading  power  nonfiction 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Culture of Poverty - Ta-Nehisi Coates - Personal - The Atlantic
I suspect that a large part of the problem, when we talk about culture, is an inability to code-switch, to understand that the language of Rohan is not the language of Mordor. I don't say this to minimize culture, to the contrary, I say it to point how difficult it is to get people to discard practices which were essential to them in one world, but hinder their advancement into another. And then there's the fear of that other world, that sense that if you discard those practices, you have discarded some of yourself, and done it in pursuit of a world, that you may not master.
politics  race  culture  poverty  violence  teaching  power  education  identity 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Anthropology of Hackers - Gabriella Coleman - Technology - The Atlantic
Hacking, however, is as much a gateway into familiar cultural and political territory. For instance, hacker commitments to freedom, meritocracy, privacy and free speech are not theirs alone, nor are they hitched solely to the contemporary moment. Indeed, hacker ethical principles hearken back to sensibilities and conundrums that precipitated out of the Enlightenment's political ferment; hackers have refashioned many political concerns -- such as a commitments to free speech -- through technological and legal artifacts, thus providing a particularly compelling angle by which to view the continued salience of liberal principles in the context of the digital present.
technology  academia  education  politics  power  digital  freespeech  ethics  philosophy 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stoners Against Legalization | Feature | East Bay Express
But Soares speaks to an even bigger psychic divide that's more ancient: the ongoing rivalry between Northern and Southern California. She speculates that the north's lax policies will create a climate where Los Angeles is beholden to Oakland for its pot needs. Since Lee is from there, he will profit off the restrictive climate down south.

"For me, it's great Oakland is going to have a measure for them, but they are pushing it on the rest of the state," said Soares. "I just don't think that this proposition is written good enough for the rest of the state to help Oakland out."
oakland  marijuana  politics  california 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Mapping out alternative universes for Texas
What if we had made Cuba a state in 1902? A major Cold War near-catastrophe could have been averted, but would the United States have had to put down a socialist uprising in the late 1950s anyway?

What if water-rich northernmost California had split off to become Shasta in 1957 and got rich selling water to what was left of California? Humboldt County suddenly has a lot more money and power.

What if Brigham Young had gotten his wish for a state called Deseret, which would have encompassed modern-day Utah, nearly all of Nevada, most of Arizona, a hunk of New Mexico and the part of California that includes San Diego? Hard to see polygamy dying without a serious fight in a state that large.
geography  usa  politics  history  mapping  power  books  fiction  texas  california  cuba  time 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Embrace the Wonk : CJR
These powerful, simple explanations are often married to an almost monastic skepticism of narratives that can’t be substantiated, or that are based in data—like voter’s accounts of their own thinking about politics—that are unreliable. Think about that for a moment, and the challenge to journalists becomes obvious: If much of what’s important about politics is either stable and predictable or unknowable, what’s the value of the sort of news—a hyperactive chronicle of the day’s events, coupled with instant speculation about their meaning—that has become a staple of modern political reporting? Indeed, much of the media criticism on The Monkey Cage is directed at narratives that, from the perspective of political science, are either irrelevant or unverifiable.
politics  power  science  research  blogging  technology  journalism  media  news 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Robin Givhan: Elena Kagan goes on Supreme Court confirmation offensive in drab D.C clothes
Is it so wrong to lean on cliches for guidance? Well, yes. And, also, no.

People make choices about their appearance for all sorts of complicated reasons. And often, they glom on to a cliche because they find it reassuring and easy. They wear the dress of a particular social tribe because they want people to make assumptions about who they are -- because letting folks come to a conclusion on their own is often easier than having to explain.

Ultimately, of course, on matters so personal, only the individual's speaking up can truly make things clear.
fashion  power  washington  women  gender  beauty  politics  supremecourt 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Government data: People love it, say Pew, Texas Tribune | Knight Digital Media Center
“This is perhaps the best argument I can think of for more use of (and access to) more data. Data is journalism; journalism is data. It’s truly a brave new world.”
data  journalism  newspapers  media  information  government  politics 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Times, They Changed - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 60s remembered through the photograph of a Kent State student lying lifeless on the ground has even less appeal for students in 2010 than for the Class of 1970. But histories of that period also record the correlation between student activism and changes that made this country better: students sitting in for racial integration in Greensboro; students standing up for free speech in Berkeley; and students marching on the Pentagon for peace in Vietnam.

Better than questions about the lethargy of student activism in 2010 are inquiries into the times. Where are the 60s? It's the times that have changed, not the students. It's the administrative practices and economic circumstances incubating campus culture that have changed. Those conditions didn't change on their own, however, and they won't change themselves again.
activism  academia  college  education  politics  power  1960s 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Going on the record: Civic engagement is for journalists, too! | Knight Digital Media Center
My closing thought for this series is: Civic engagement really IS for journalists, too. We’re definitely affected by government policy and transparency. We have legitimate interests. And if we don’t speak up in civic processes, on the record, our views won’t really count.

So put aside any cultural qualms about “getting involved.” This is a story journalists are living and working, not just covering. This is our story. If we don’t claim a leading role, we’ll be relegated to the background. Ultimately, communities would pay the price for our reticence.
journalism  media  future  politics  government  transparency  activism  newspapers 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Democrats Are Doomed, or How A ‘Big Tent’ Can Be Too Big « OkTrends
"[D]espite the recent hopeful spate of Democratic victories, it's undeniable that the Republicans form an exceptionally effective opposition party. Today, we're going to perform a data-driven investigation of why this might be—and discover some fascinating things about the American electorate along the way. Our data set for this post is 172,853 people. [...]"
politics  relationships  data  love  power  democrats  republicans  identity  dating 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A plain blog about politics: Unity!
Last thing: what all this suggests is that "unity" might well be best seen in the abstract not as a potentially good strategy, but as an effect of a party that is shrinking, especially a party that is shrinking because it has become dangerously divorced from normal electoral incentives. Is that what's actually happening to the Republicans right now? I don't know! I do think, however, that it's rapidly becoming probably the biggest current question worth exploring in the empirical or theoretical study of American political parties. I am sure, however, that against that possibility, the "optics" (man I hate that word) of partisanship and bipartisanship is not at all important.
politics  democrats  republicans  elections  government  usa  identity  attention 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Final Salute Gallery - The Digital Journalist
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. [...]
death  digital  journalism  iraq  military  photography  politics  war 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Paul Krugman found politics : The New Yorker
Krugman explained that he’d become an economist because of science fiction. When he was a boy, he’d read Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy and become obsessed with the central character, Hari Seldon. Seldon was a “psychohistorian”—a scientist with such a precise understanding of the mechanics of society that he could predict the course of events thousands of years into the future and save mankind from centuries of barbarism. He couldn’t predict individual behavior—that was too hard—but it didn’t matter, because history was determined not by individuals but by laws and hidden forces. “If you read other genres of fiction, you can learn about the way people are and the way society is,” Krugman said to the audience, “but you don’t get very much thinking about why are things the way they are, or what might make them different. What would happen if ?”
economics  politics  newyorker  interview  economy  writing  finance  sciencefiction  history 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
America, the fragile empire - latimes.com
One day, a seemingly random piece of bad news -- perhaps a negative report by a rating agency -- will make the headlines during an otherwise quiet news cycle. Suddenly, it will be not just a few policy wonks who worry about the sustainability of U.S. fiscal policy but the public at large, not to mention investors abroad. It is this shift that is crucial: A complex adaptive system is in big trouble when its component parts lose faith in its viability.
finance  usa  empire  history  business  geography  politics  power 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Comedian Jon Stewart takes the hot seat with Bill O'Reilly - latimes.com
"Here's what I don't understand: You're the top-rated show on the top-rated network," Stewart said as he settled in across the table from O'Reilly. "I like Staples as much as the next guy. But can a brother get a soft chair?"

"No," the host responded sternly. "You're lucky you're not hanging from your thumbs."
media  television  cable  comedy  politics 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Paranormal Flexibility - NYTimes.com
For the first time in 47 years of polling, the number of Americans who said that they have had a religious or mystical experience, which the question defined as a “moment of sudden religious insight or awakening,” was greater than those who said that they had not.

(Question: Does the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video count?)
religion  spirituality  usa  polls  data  music  politics 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why is more than half of Congress still not on Twitter? - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
Sure, linking to press releases isn't a terrible thing. But people don't sign up for Twitter to get updates on their representative's obscure pet project. That's what Web sites are for. Twitter is about glimpsing how a person thinks.
twitter  social  politics  congress  yasns  attention  washington 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SA Current - Blogs - Straight from the Arizona Gulag: Linda Ronstadt in SA
If this Q & A were a song, it would be called “We Need A Lot More Rancheras (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll).”

And, of course, it would take up a whole album side.
music  interviews  immigration  texas  arizona  mexico  usa  latino  politics  culture  identity 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Sting: Obama Best Person To Handle World's 'Mess'
"My hope is that we can start talking about real issues and not caring about whether God cares about your hemline or your color," he said. "We are here to evolve as one family, and we can't be separate anymore."
music  politics  obama 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com News | Iran? The U.S. should mind its own business
Iran is not a secular nation. The majority of Iranians are deeply religious, and even though it sounds paradoxical to us, they believe in an Islamic democracy. They want most of the elements of democracy: They don't want the state to jam religion down their throats; they want a lot of freedom. But they also understand that to be guided by Islam, which is basically how they live their lives anyway, is not counter to democracy.

There's nowhere in the constitution of the Islamic Republic that says votes should be rigged if you don't like the candidate or that the president should have no power. There's nowhere it says that the people's choice does not count.

So it's entirely possible for someone like Mousavi or Rafsanjani to believe that Islam and democracy are compatible.
islam  power  middleeast  government  politics  elections  protest  social 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Tapes Reveal Nixon’s View of Abortion - NYTimes.com
“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding: “Or a rape.”
abortion  nixon  president  power  politics  republicans  1970s  history 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women « - Blogs from CNN.com
"I noticed a couple of very attractive women, both of them Republicans, in the legislature," Nixon told Bush. "I want you to be sure to emphasize to our people, God, let's look for some… Understand, I don't do it because I'm for women, but I'm doing it because I think maybe a woman might win someplace where a man might not… So have you got that in mind?"

Bush replies, "I'll certainly keep it in mind."
bush  president  nixon  women  politics  power  men  republicans  southcarolina  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Eating Up “Food, Inc.” - Nicholas D. Kristof Blog - NYTimes.com
One window into journalism: A good chunk of Friday afternoon was spent chasing one elusive fact. Food, Inc. reported that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9,164 in 2006. I thought that was a telling statistic and included it in my draft, but I also asked my assistant, Natasha Yefimov, to double-check the figures with the FDA.

The FDA said the figures were wrong — both of them. The FDA acknowledged that the number of inspections had dropped, but said the 1972 figure was 10,610, while the fiscal year 2006 figure was 7,498 domestically and 125 abroad. The FDA said it had no idea where the other numbers could have come from. [...]
nytimes  politics  news  journalism  food  film  cinema  documentary  government 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Palfrey, Etling and Faris -- Why Twitter Won't Bring Revolution to Iran - washingtonpost.com
Online chatter has enormous value when it offers a window into an otherwise closed society, but much of the cyber conversation in Iran has absolutely nothing to do with politics or revolution. Religion is a major topic for bloggers, and not necessarily the politics of religion, but rather its historical, theological and personal aspects. And the most frequently discussed topic on Iranian blogs? Poetry.
politics  twitter  iran  religion  poetry  social 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments « iRevolution
Nonviolent resistance movements are typically driven by students, i.e., young people, who are increasingly born digital natives. With expanding access to mobile phones, social networking software and online platforms for user-generated content such as blogs, the immediate financial cost of speaking out against repressive regimes is virtually nil. So resistance movements are likely to make even more use of new communication technology and digital media in the future. In fact, they already are.

At the same time, however, the likelihood and consequences of getting caught are high, especially for those political activists without any background or training in digital security. Indeed, recent research by Digital Democracy research suggests that organizational hierarchies are being broken down as youth adopt new technologies. While this empowers them they are also put at risk since they don’t tend to be as consequence-conscious as their adult counterparts.
politics  internet  technology  culture  activism  protest  privacy  security  anonymity  howto  diy  communication  power  censorship 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
More Thoughts On Being PC - Ta-Nehisi Coates
The luxury of being the majority in a democracy is the right to act like other people don't exist. But the world is changing around them and Birnam Wood is on the march.
politics  race  culture  racism  language  power 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Who will be the new king of cussing? - Daniel Libit - POLITICO.com
“If you want to look at the psychological variables related to swearing,” says Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, “the people who are religious, who are sexually anxious, who are high in what is called agreeableness or conscientiousness — those are people who don’t swear. Where you get swearing are people who are more like Type-A personality, impulsive, extroverted.”

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language  power  politics  democrats  republicans  washington  obama  congress 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Ultimately, new models will emerge from the ashes of the newspaper biz. People may feel nostalgic about their morning newspapers, but the world evolves, and the way we consume information evolves with it. Good journalism will get done, on the air, online, and even in newsprint by specialized niche publications.

Journalism doesn't need newspapers to exist. It needs distribution outlets. It is media agnostic. And in today's world, the last thing we lack are distribution outlets.
politics  newspapers  journalism  law  business  corporations  media 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Multnomah County puts social media position on hold after backlash from employees - OregonLive.com
"The bedrock of communication has shifted dramatically in the last three years," Matthews said. "Maybe I am too busy to go to a county meeting, but I want information. It's a way of responding to consumer demand."
politics  government  social  yasns  public  media  work  oregon  portland 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Aztec - Living a life that doesn't feel quite right
“For me, art is really inseparable from politics and pedagogy. I would hope, that by seeing this, people might have a better idea of what the word transgender means, or maybe, what ‘gender’ means, and to think about their gender in a new way, just to open up possibilities for people.”
gender  social  online  web  secondlife  art  transgender  politics  academia  identity 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Secrets of a Pollster - NYTimes.com
The über-lesson for presidents? You can’t be too honest in describing big problems, too bold in offering big solutions, too humble in dealing with big missteps, too forward in re-telling your story or too gutsy in speaking the previously unspeakable.
president  politics  leadership  identity  speech  rhetoric  story 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incredible Shrinking State News Press Corps - Raw Fisher - Washingtonpost.com
Many bloggers say that far from being able to replace professional reporters, they actually suffer from the diminished flow of state news. "What I can't offer on my blogs is the relationships, the institutional memory, the why, the history that reporters who know the capital can bring to their stories," says Waldo Jaquith, who blogs on Virginia politics and runs a site, RichmondSunlight.com, that tracks every bill. "Newspapers can describe the candidates for governor in a more balanced, deeper way because you don't have a dog in the race. We bloggers do."
politics  newspapers  media  business  journalism  news  economics  government 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Even anarchists like a little romance
"From a distance, when you think of anarchists you think of big boots and fighting with policemen," he says.

"But all the ones I've met have been very nice, very committed people. They believe in something and they want to find love, just like everyone else. Why would that surprise anyone?"
love  relationships  society  uk  politics  police  activism  community 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The opinionated Mr. Damon - TV - MiamiHerald.com
''They could never make a James Bond movie like any of the Bourne films,'' Damon says scornfully. "Because Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He's repulsive.

"Steve [Soderbergh, who produced yet another of Damon's spy movies, Syriana] told me that years ago he was offered a Bond movie. He told them he'd do it if they gave him creative control. Absolutely not, they said. They have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they're doing, and they're going to keep doing it.''
obama  interview  film  cinema  movies  politics  television  story  writing  fiction 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Which is a Better Mobile Citizen Reporting Tool: Twitter or Ushahidi? | Gauravonomics Blog
In the end, the answer, as always, is the always unsatisfactory “it depends”.

In most cases, normal people will accidentally become citizen reporters and use tools like Twitter to share their 140 letters on a crisis. It will be up to us then to make sense of the high volume firehose of these unstructured tweets, using filters like near:location and filter:links, or mashups built on top of Twitter. Sometimes, a small percentage of us will feel motivated to find out structured citizen reporting platforms like Ushahidi or Twitter Voter Report and send in well-structured tweets with location information. Increasingly, many of us will use a Brightkite like system to pre-declare our locations, so that we don’t have to worry about the syntax of our SMSes.
twitter  social  news  journalism  media  location  india  usa  politics  socialnetworking  mapping  mobile 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Errol Morris Blog - NYTimes.com
During the last week of the Bush administration, I asked the head photo editors of these news services — Vincent Amalvy (AFP), Santiago Lyon (AP) and Jim Bourg (Reuters) — to pick the photographs of the president that they believe captured the character of the man and of his administration. There are overlapping pictures — of the president with a bullhorn at Ground Zero, of the president looking out the window of Air Force One over New Orleans, of the president receiving the news on the morning of 9/11. It is interesting that these pictures are different. They may be of the same scene, but they have different content. They speak in a different way.
blog  president  nytimes  bush  film  history  photography  news  usa  politics  journalism  media  newspapers 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AFP: Change.gov coming to the White House
"Using these tools is going to become a critical way that Barack is going to evaluate the performance of his own team," Rosenberg said.
"My joke is that at the Monday cabinet meeting the (agency) directors will be comparing notes on how many YouTube views they got and how many comments on their blog post." Congress is going to have to keep up or risk being taken apart by the New Media tool-kit of the Obama White House as it pushes its legislative agenda, Rosenberg said. "The expectations of your constituents are going to change," he said. "You'll have no choice but to try to follow now that Obama's changing expectations of what government looks and feels like."
politics  elections  technology  obama  web  activism  socialnetworking  government  facebook  barackobama  transparency  whitehouse  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The library - a recession sanctuary - The Boston Globe
"Libraries are unfortunately used to this," Ryan said. "But the essential role of the library cannot be duplicated in anybody's home, when you consider the combination of manuals, books, and librarian expertise," Ryan said. "In down economic times, families aren't going out to spend a lot of money on books and movies. This is when the branches can shine as a community gathering place and at a time when people are seeking answers to life improvement."
library  cities  government  politics  books  movies  community 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time
[...] Conservatives don't need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they're promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection. [...]

[...] Perhaps this is the way to put it: Some of these tech tools are very good at mobilizing reactive, oppositional activism—against the bailout, against some liberal media outrage, against this or that Democratic (sorry, "Democrat") politician. The dangerous temptation right now, especially for a party in the minority, is to seek to recapitulate the Cold War coalition model through oppositional self-definition, when something more robust is called for. [...]
politics  republicans  gop  twitter  palin  government  activism  online  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives - NYTimes.com
“I’m told researchers like to come and dig through my files, to see if anything interesting turns up,” Mr. Cheney said. “I want to wish them luck, but the files are pretty thin. I learned early on that if you don’t want your memos to get you in trouble some day, just don’t write any.”
cheney  data  information  politics  republicans  gop  wtf  research  history  government 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FT.com | Gideon Rachman’s Blog | Covered in internet slime
If the newspaper industry really goes down the pan, I now have a business plan. I will claim to be a former member of the Bilderberg/Illuminati/Council on Foreign Relations/UN/Zionist establishment and write a book revealing the inside story of a plot to form a world government. It will sell millions.
humor  politics  religion  uk  newspapers  media  journalism  government  books  internet  reputation 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Columnist - Typing Without a Clue - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
There was a time when I wanted to be like Sting, the singer, belting out, “Roxanne ...” I guess that’s why we have karaoke, for fantasy night. If only there was such a thing for failed plumbers, politicians or celebrities who think they can write.
writing  books  language  publishing  mccain  politics  music  celebrity  culture  business 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Search Engine | CBC Radio | Is Canada becoming a digital ghetto?
This growing list of backwards policies is already creating a sense of digital isolation: Canadians can’t stream the videos Americans stream, download the files Americans download, remix the media Americans remix, or tweet the way Americans tweet.

With the election of Barack Obama, digital culture in the U.S. hit a tipping point, where a robust online public sphere proved itself capable of changing the world. Meanwhile, here in Canada we’re approaching our own tipping point, where a series of ignorances and capitulations threaten to turn our country into a digital ghetto.
canada  communication  twitter  politics  technology  video  filesharing  media 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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