‘Open Tabs’ Category Archive
- Apropos of the return of Donald Trump’s lie about voter fraud, Brian Fogerty and colleagues find that local media were complicit in placing voter fraud on the public agenda, despite no evidence of it occurring in any significant way. This was especially true in battleground states and states with new voter ID laws. This is a terrific example of why agenda-setting is important, and why “balanced,” “objective” reporting can still warp public opinion.
- The New Haven, CT, metro area is the one with demographics most similar to those of the entire country today, according to a 538 analysis. Milwaukee, WI, ground zero for vote suppression and the rise of the new radical Right, is sixth-most similar. The list of those most similar today to the country’s demographics in the 1950s is a mix of the Rust Belt, the interior South, and Utah.
- One of the issues that came up in organizing the local edition of the Women’s March was the explicit but softly enforced “ban” on naming Trump specifically on signs. Back in November, Jesse Singal wrote about why that was important: “The general advice I heard from researchers, over and over again, all fit in the same general category: Make the barrier to entry as low as possible; make the protests as inclusive as possible. Sometimes, this will involve moves that feel counterintuitive. For example, Rojas said that while the reason everyone will be gathering in D.C. is obviously Trump’s election, protest organizers should downplay the focus on Trump himself and make things more issue-oriented. ‘What I would recommend is instead of having an anti-Trump inaugural protest, try to break the protests up into issue-oriented marches,’ he said. ‘And I think they’re already doing that,’ he added, in the case of the Women’s March.” The just-announced Scientists’ March follows this pattern.
- Jacob T. Levy’s December article, “The Defense of Liberty Can’t Do Without Identity Politics,” struck me as so overwhelmingly important that I could never figure out how to write about it. Then it sat open in my browser for a month and a half. Levy writes: “If you think—as I think any liberal who cares about liberty, whether classical, market, neo-, welfarist, Rawlsian, or whatever, must—that the combination of mass incarceration and aggressive policing amounts to a grave injustice, then you need to be able to think in race-conscious terms. What brought about this crisis? The war on drugs and police militarization, some readers will say. Okay, but what brought about the war on drugs and police militarization? The answer isn’t some simple intellectual mistake. The answer is deeply tied up in American racial politics.” That anyone who self-identifies as a liberal does not understand and acknowledge this is maddening.
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- The study I’m presenting at MAPOR next month does a bit of work examining the differences and overlaps between partisanship and ideology, so I was quite interested to read Peter Frase’s essay on how the 1% and the 99% orient toward these concepts. My only quibble with his take is that he suggests that young adults will have an experience with politics “in which ‘left versus right’ is used interchangeably with ‘Democrats versus Republicans.'” It’s not just the young people — ideology, for all that it might be in play among political and financial elites, is not something that most people have beyond the group-affiliation marker of “liberal,” “moderate” or “conservative.” If we consider ideology to be a set of organizing principles from which we derive our decisions and opinions about political issues, research suggests only about 5% of Americans have one, if that.
- Paul Waldman’s got a really incisive post on the way the culture wars have silently expanded to consume the entire range of political issues. It’s an extension of that ideological group membership phenomenon, and it’s why one of the results I’ll present from that paper is a relationship between Christian media use and disbelief in anthropomorphic climate change. Ideological and partisan groups don’t have perfect overlap, but they each have sets of beliefs that are required of members and occasionally contested, requiring members to shift when called upon.
- Matthew Yglesias makes note of the structural changes in the blogosphere — that it’s really not about outsiders anymore, as most of the outsiders have been brought mostly into the mainstream media-political tent — and his place in it.
- How many photos have ever been taken? An analysis by 1000memories suggests the answer is about 3.5 trillion; 140 billion are hosted by Facebook.
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Here are several things I’ve been meaning to talk about but haven’t had quite enough motivation.
- In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Rob Jenkins addresses what he calls “the third rail in American higher-education politics“: online courses. In particular, he notes that success rates for online courses significantly trail those of traditional courses and sees a trend toward avoiding important pedagogical and epistemological questions in the face of higher enrollments in bad budget years.
- Matthew Shafer and Regina Lawrence of LSU have produced a study (forthcoming, I presume) examining news coverage of Sarah Palin’s “death panel” note. I’m particularly interested in this both because I have a study examining social media discussion of the note and because I’m doing a magazine write-up of an unrelated study, and this piece was helpful in thinking about how to do that.
- I’ll probably do a full post on Windows 8 at some point, but All Things Digital and Daring Fireball each have interesting things to say about Microsoft’s attempt to straddle the PC/tablet divide.
- A new report on British intellectual property policy suggests that IP protections actually get in the way of innovation, rather than spurring it. This shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve heard that the New York Stock Exchange is claiming ownership over any photo of the NYSE trading floor and is using that claim to try to stifle photo use by news organizations.