Category Archives: theoretical drivel

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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Why analysis of an act must include an analysis from the point of view of the actor

The following text articulates the theoretical foundation of my analytical biases, namely, my bias toward analyzing human behavior (action), first and foremost, from the point of view of the human being (the actor), while also representing a succinct statement on … 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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Why changes to intellectual property valuation matter

As I wrote last night, this blog will report and comment on the BEA’s decision to revise the way it measures GDP. The BEA’s goal is to better account for the real value of intellectual property in the US economy. … Continue reading

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More intellectual property wealth will soon be accounted for

As I wrote about earlier in the week, starting July 31 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will change the way it “accounts for” intellectual property in its measurement of gross domestic product (GDP). The changes will place greater value … Continue reading

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sociology destroyed the notion of a market

Jens Beckert and Pierre Francois write: “Markets are the core institutions of capitalist economies.” The assertion strikes me as theoretically outdated, and surprising coming from scholars who have been strong participants in making it theoretically outdated. I am referencing sociology’s … Continue reading

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