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Saturday
Sep192015

Falsehood as Politics

This video clip made me think of something. There was a study recently that showed Republicans made public falsehoods more often than Democrats. As I sit back and listen to the A.M. radio and reflect upon the Obama years, it occurs to me that something interesting has happened. Falsehood is being used as politics. The whole idea is to present misinformation about something current, to give the impression that the sky is falling. And then, tomorrow, move on to a different falsehood that has the same basic message: the sky is falling. It doesn't matter if the previous falsehoods get exposed, because: (a) political attention spans are only "in the moment;" and (b) the goal is to coral (or manufacture) disaffected publics. And so, the era of politics as lies is upon us. And it's odd that the public most susceptible to this sort behavior would rather believe in conspiracies of social apocalypse (e.g., Jade Helm) than to see the simple conspiracy that produces repetitive falsehoods in politics.
Wednesday
Sep162015

Breyer on the Late Show

... regarding the collegial court that "is unanimous about half of the time and is only 5-4 about 20% of the time, with it not always being the same 5 and 4.
Tuesday
Sep152015

My New American Politics Course

Here's the website. Click Here.

Interesting thing is that the video lectures are being edited more for video learning than for live-lectures. The theory is that listening to lectures on the internet is really boring. And that content needs pushed more quickly due to the social phenomenon of impatience in front of modern devices. What I am saying is: whereas live lectures are perceived at a certain pace, computer lectures have to go much more quickly, even though it is the same exact information. It's all in the editing.

Monday
Sep072015

Father Jocelyn Compositions

1. Jocelyn's Composition #1
Studio Version:
Bootleg (raw version)
Sunday
Aug302015

The Virtues of Development in Political Science