Will Academic Digital Publishing Make You Perish?

I just got back from our annual American Sociological Association Conference, and the Twitter feed (#ASA2012) was particularly snarky.  As I read expletive-filled tweets from (tenured) faculty and sarcastic tweets from graduate students, I was both bemused and intrigued. Some simply contained nerdy references, such as one thread about The Game of Thrones, which I [...]

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Pay Facebook to get activists to like you, to really really like you

Check out my blog post on Mobilizing Ideas on how a Facebook revolution could cost more than you think. Here’s a snippet: ”…to boost the chance that subscribers see more of a group’s posts, Facebook is now charging them money for “promoted posts.” This policy change points to the continuing challenge to the utopic idea that costs [...]

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Farmworker Organizer Dies But Her Work Lives On

Joan Papert Preiss,  1925-2012 In the fall of 1987, I was taking a Duke Public Policy leadership class and called Joan Preiss to ask her if I could do a student internship with the Triangle Friends of the United Farmworkers (TFUFW) as part of my coursework. I had just finished a life-changing summer internship in Belle Glade, [...]

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I’m on the Wall for being at the Mall

The Governments’ Digital Pictures of Protesters is not a Pretty Picture for Democracy I should be in court this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. Well, I am in a way, even though I’m writing this from Oakland, California. No, this isn’t science fiction or schizophrenia. It’s all about a sociogram. What’s that, you say? Let [...]

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