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Over at Economics of Contempt, there is an argument that liberal media bias has to exist because there is evidence that partisanship changes the way that our brains process information. (This is not his only evidence, but it is part of it.) Now, I don’t want to get into a discussion about the existence or…

science communication, heading your way

As many of you may/may not know, my two wonderful colleagues and I organize an interdisciplinary lecture series on science communication, called the Science Communication Consortium. It followed on the heels of the framing debate, after I invited Chris and Matt to speak at New York Academy of Sciences last year. My colleagues and I…

Cartoons as political weapons

David Wallis, writing in SFGate, has a very interesting article about politics and political cartoons. I like all the historical background, although I don’t entirely buy the one-sidedness of the censorship he seems to suggest: Adolf Hitler understood the power of cartoons. They made him crazy … crazier. Long before World War II, David Low…

Google’s huge book scanning plan

Jeffrey Toobin, writing in the New Yorker, has an excellent article on Google’s plan to scan all the books they can get their hands on into digital: The legal assertion at the core of Google’s business plan is its purported right to scan millions of copyrighted books without payment to or permission from the copyright…

Matthew Yglesias has a great satire on the hysterionics in the MSM about blogging:

The Daily Show is Bad Meme

Ed Brayton and Mike Dunford have been talking about a Washington Post article on a study that is concerned with the ill effects the Daily Show and Jon Stewart are having on our democracy. Basically people who watch the Daily Show are more cynical: