The publication of Get Out the Vote! was part of a conscious effort by Gerber and Green to step out of the academy and ensure that lessons from these studies reached a nonscholarly audience. The authors believed they had made this populist mission apparent through the inclusion of an exclamation mark in the book’s title. […]
Entries Tagged as 'Culture'
Exclamation Marks Mean Accessibility – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg
November 30th, 2012 · No Comments · Elitism, Politics
Hedgehogs and Forecasting – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver
November 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Elitism, Prediction, Statistical Inference, Statistics
In fact, a little knowledge may be a dangerous thing in the hands of a hedgehog with a Ph.D. One of Tetlock’s more remarkable findings is that, while foxes tend to get better at forecasting with experience, the opposite is true of hedgehogs: their performance tends to worsen as they pick up additional credentials. Tetlock […]
“The language of poetry is the exact opposite of the language of mass media,” I said, meaninglessly.
November 8th, 2012 · No Comments · American, Culture
…making contact with authentic Spain, which I only defined negatively as an American-free space
November 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Elitism, USA, War
On the highway to Toledo we passed several tour buses full of what looked like Americans, digital cameras already in hand, and as we drew past them I expressed infinite disdain, which I could do easily with my eyebrows, for every tourist whose gaze I met. My look accused them of supporting the war, of […]
The Disconnect Between My Experience of Actual Artworks and the Claims Made on Their Behalf – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner
November 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Art, Criticism, Culture, Poetry
Insofar as I was interested in the arts, I was interested in the disconnect between my experience of actual artworks and the claims made on their behalf; the closest I’d come to having a profound experience of art was probably the experience of this distance, a profound experience of the absence of profundity.
Less a Particular Poem than the Echo of Poetic Possibility – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner
November 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Criticism, Culture, Poetry
Although I claimed to be a poet, although my supposed talent as a writer had earned me my fellowship in Spain, I tended to find lines of poetry beautiful only when I encountered them quoted in prose, in the essays my professors had assigned in college, where the line breaks were replaced with slashes, so […]
Valuing Employment – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh
J.T. once asked me what sociologists had to say about gangs and inner-city poverty. I told him that some sociologists believed in a “culture of poverty”—that is, poor blacks didn’t work because they didn’t value employment as highly as other ethnic groups did, and they transmitted this attitude across generations. “So you want me to […]