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more coverage…

More coverage of the Political Behavior Sex & Race scandal article – this time from The Monkey Cage. They don’t say much, but it’s pretty cool to have the gist excerpted on their (much more widely read!) blog. Thanks!
They do point out that this article is ‘timely’ given the recent Weinergate brouhaha. Certainly, the article […]

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Ask a Media Nerd

So, over the holidays a friend, and perhaps my only loyal reader, emailed me some questions about the modern media environment. I was hooked. I mean, it took me two weeks to struggle out of my vacation stupor to respond, but, here it is: the first edition of Ask a Media Nerd!

Quick backstory: my […]

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what’s lost when audiences diffuse

One of my professors at Penn, Elihu Katz, had a very interesting opportunity during his career. In the late 1960s, Katz was already an esteemed professor at Chicago when Israel asked him to lead the rollout of broadcast TV in that country. Though TV was obviously invented decades earlier and was a cultural phenomenon […]

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What will the legacy of the 2008 election be?

I was just reading a section of Agendas and Instability in American Politics that makes the argument that governance of the US is stable for long periods until occasional, sudden bursts of change. What we see, retrospectively, as landmark elections – 1964, 1980, 1994 – are moments in history in which a sudden, sharp need […]

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i’ve been scooped!

How terrible! Brian Tierney is shocked! Last weekend, The New York Times Magazine had a feature article that imagined Philadelphia would be the first major American city without a major daily newspaper.my article on The Notebook in Next American City by a matter of days! At any rate, the section on The […]

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…and now for a brief interlude about taxes

Normally, my substantive posts relate somehow to media. This one doesn’t. At most, it connects with an issue I was recently discussing with a friend: the frequent lack of historical context in punditry, social science research, and the popular understanding of current events. As a former history student, it often frustrates me that […]

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Sotomayor confirmation: So much coverage, so little news

It’s Friday afternoon, and for the first time all week, the frontpage of nytimes.com isn’t dominated by the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. (Instead, there’s a picture of Tiger Woods about to throw a golf club out of fury!) All week long, I’ve been asking myself whether the extraordinarily detailed coverage of the Sotomayor hearings was […]

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