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Exclamation Marks Mean Accessibility – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

November 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Exclamation Marks Mean Accessibility – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Elitism, Politics

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. […]

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Hedgehogs and Forecasting – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Hedgehogs and Forecasting – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · 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 […]

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I Said Meaninglessly – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on I Said Meaninglessly – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Art, Dialogue, Elitism, Poetry, The Media

“The language of poetry is the exact opposite of the language of mass media,” I said, meaninglessly.

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Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Infinite Disdain – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · 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 […]

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You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Should Only Read What is Truly Good or is Frankly Bad – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Culture, Elitism, Reading Related

‘Huxley is a dead man,’ Miss Stein said. ‘Why do you want to read a dead man? Can’t you see he is dead?’ I could not see, then, that he was a dead man and I said that his books amused me and kept me from thinking. ‘You should only read what is truly good […]

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Self-Satisfaction – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Self-Satisfaction – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Elitism

There was, of course, nowhere better in the world to be than New York City. This fact was the foundation of her family’s satisfaction with itself, the platform from which all else could be ridiculed, the collateral of adult sophistication that bought them the right to behave like children.

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One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on One of the Trendy University Set, One of the Trendy Mob – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Conservative Politics, Elitism, Politics, Queensland

During the Parliamentary Debate in which Tom Burns nominated Mal Colston for the 1975 Queensland casual Senate vacancy: This anti-intellectual attitude was summed up by Tom Aikens (independent, Townsville South) who told the House he was not going to make any personal attack on Dr. Colston: “I will put it mildly. Colston is one of […]

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As Familiar as a Clock Strike – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on As Familiar as a Clock Strike – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Elitism, Quotes

Jefferson tended to strike the self-righteous note in much the same way as a clock strikes the hour and like a familiar clock one does not hear the sound unless one is anxious, as I confess I was, to tell, as it were, the time.

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Righteous People – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Righteous People – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Elitism, Politics, Quotes

Actually the movement to abolish black slavery in the south is deeply unpopular. It is not that New Yorkers so much like the institution of slavery as they dislike the sort of righteous people who want to abolish it.

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For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on For the People, In Spite of the People – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Democracy, Elitism, Political Communication, Politics

Yet guardians of the old order could honestly say that in their elitism, in their insistence that an “enlightened” vanguard should rule on behalf of the ignorant masses, they were in fact embracing an essential feature of Atatürk’s ideology. He had, after all, given his political party the slogan “For the People, In Spite of […]

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