Category Archives: Media and knowledge

The Keller-Greenwald debate

Is Glenn Greenwald the future of news?: A debate between Bill Keller, former executive editor of the NY Times (and current opinion writer), and Glenn Greenwald, the opinion writer/journalist who, among other things, recently reported the NSA scoops. The debate … Continue reading

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GOP lacks intellectual capital

There is a lot of talk about the “Republican brand problem.” I think this focus is imprecise. The problem facing the GOP is a problem of capital — namely, a lack of social and intellectual capital. The social capital problem … Continue reading

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Ethnographic, sociology-of-knowledge evidence of economic optimism

Gillian Tett, writing in the Financial Times, reports: Last week, I attended the Aspen Ideas Festival, the annual gathering of (mostly) American business leaders, scientists, artists and politicians, which is similar to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Like any … Continue reading

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NSA scandal is about property, not privacy (part two)

Some further comments on the NSA data-mining scandal: You are not being spied on when organizations look at your social-media data, because you don’t own your social-media data. They are not your or my property. The missing point in sociologists, … Continue reading

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NSA scandal is about property, not privacy

Quick comment on NSA data-mining: Despite the way Glenn Greenwald helped frame it, the NSA data-mining story is ultimately about property not privacy — namely, intellectual property. If consumers of social media are to enjoy autonomous and unambiguous privacy, as … Continue reading

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calls for impeachment and war pick up

In a recent blog post, political scientist Brendan Nyhan writes: My research suggests that the structural conditions are strongly favorable for a major media scandal to emerge. Indeed, former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently made news by predicting the events of … Continue reading

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Politics, data, capital

A headline at politico reads: Karl Rove-linked company gets GOP data deal Politics and economics interact in different ways. In recent years one particular interaction has developed in the area of intellectual property, specifically data collection and analysis. Just as … Continue reading

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