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Food Fight!

Watching political debate on social media is a lot like watching a cafeteria food fight unfold in the third grade. Nobody really knows what they’re doing, especially the younger kids. 84 more words

Society

Stokes V - The Lost Parameter

Some years ago I went to a seminar on the design of an experiment to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background. At the end of the talk I asked what seemed to me to be an innocent question. 520 more words

The Universe And Stuff

Seeing Media Bias Everywhere Is Bad for Democracy – and Peace

There is a well-known study conducted in 1985 that ran a perfectly simple clean little experiment. One group favorable toward Israel and another group supportive of the Arabs were exposed to identical news stories about the violence in Lebanon in 1982. 677 more words

Democracy

Polarization - The four middle skill occupations: 60 percent of employment in 1979, 46 percent in 2012

Cumulatively, these two trends of rapid employment growth in both high and low-­‐‑education jobs have substantially reduced the share of employment accounted for by ‘middle skill’ jobs. 270 more words

Academic Literature

(What's Left of) Our Economy: Media Misses Jackson Hole Trade and Jobs Angle

It’s been completely taboo in the national economic policy establishment to acknowledge that the freest possible trade flows might not always benefit the U.S. or global economies over significant stretches of time – so maybe it represents progress that one paper commissioned for the big Federal Reserve Jackson Hole conference mentioned the possibility prominently. 361 more words

{What's Left Of) Our Economy

US - Families in middle class make less than they did 5 years ago

The purchasing power of the typical American family is 3.1 percent lower now than it was five years ago. No wonder people are unhappy about the economy! 561 more words

United States

"In politics the middle way is none at all"*...

In the midst of the intense partisanship we experience today– with Americans polarized into red and blue camps and no convergence in sight– it’s easy to forget that much of the nation’s history was characterized by similarly-intense political rivalry, especially the late nineteenth century. 515 more words