Monthly Archives: January 2016

Warning!!: Studs Terkel Interview Archive Is NOT History

Warning!! The Studs Terkel Radio Archive  of interviews is  promoted as history.  But it’s NOT.  That’s because history is not necessarily what people say in interviews.  Warning!!  The Terkel Archives only contain what people say and, as we all know (but many often forget), what … Continue reading

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Respondents’ Understandings Illusory

Anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss, knows that respondents (he calls them “informants”) are extremely limited in their ability to tell us what’s really going on.  Informants’ accounts of their society’s institutions, he points out, are rationalizations and reinterpretations and must not be … Continue reading

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Internet Effects On Polling and Hand-Wringing

Updated November 5, 2020 Review of Kirby Goidel, et al., Political Polling in the Digital Age Contributors to this collection of previously presented conference papers discuss how the Internet and attendant hard- and software accentuate limitations endemic to polling. For example, … Continue reading

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Religion, Oil, and the Middle East

Although many discussions about Middle East arrangements, disagreements, wars, and rearranging alliances focus on religion, oil is a much more important causative factor in past and present Middle East events and developments.  Oil drives U.S foreign policy in this part of the world and … Continue reading

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Survey Research To Instill Fear

It’s not uncommon for management to use survey research to instill fear in front-line personnel.  Here’s an example of how this works:  The other day when I purchased stamps at a local post office branch, the clerk who handed me … Continue reading

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