Author Archives: George Beam

About George Beam

I'm an educator and author. The perspectives that inform my interpretations of the topics of this blog are behaviorism and system analysis. Specific interests include American politics, socioeconomic issues, survey research, and effects of the Internet and attendant hard- and software. I'm Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration, Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago.

2020 Election Polls, Like All Polls, Not Representative

It has been pointed out by many—including Finn McHugh in “Why the polls keep getting it wrong” and Mary Kay Ling and Doree Lewak, “Why election polls were so wrong again in 2020,”—that the 2020 election polls were not representative … Continue reading

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Pollsters Wrong Again In 2020 Blame Nonresponse

Updated November 17, 2020 Pollsters, wrong in 2020, as in 2016, seek the source of their ongoing errors. Some, for instance, Jon Cohen, chief research officer at SurveyMonkey, blame nonresponse. As he puts it in an Axios post: `“The major … Continue reading

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Posting Is Sharing

Posting on the Internet is sharing. What’s posted is available to, and thus is, or can be, shared with anyone who has an Internet connection. There’s no alternative to sharing what’s posted when it can be acquired by anyone who wants it. Sharing … Continue reading

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Accept Filter Bubble Phenomenon

Updated October 22, 2020 A better understanding of our situation in the Internet+ Age and therefore greater effectiveness in pursuing our interests require that we accept the filter bubble phenomenon. Our use of the Internet and attendant hard- and software … Continue reading

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Are We Focusing On the Wrong Problem?

Often there’s a focus on the wrong problem. When the problem is violence in city neighborhoods, many focus on guns, rather than on poverty and the lack of employment at the going rate. When the problem is the Middle East, … Continue reading

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Importance of Code Increasing

Updated October 30, 2020 The importance of code is increasing. That’s because more and more of life is online and when online it’s all a matter of code.  Consequently, we’ll do better if we  understand code and we’ll do our best … Continue reading

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Internet Access A Technological Matter

Internet access is a technological matter. Anyone with appropriate hard- and software —electricity,[i]computers/smartphones, satellites, antennas, ISPs, Internet browsers, and so on—can access the Internet and its content anywhere anytime. As more and more people acquire this technology, access increases. In … Continue reading

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Review: Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

Updated June 12, 2020 Good Description, Poor Prescription Crary describes in 24/7 what I call the Internet+ Age, a time when the Internet plus attendant hardware (smartphones, sensors, and so on) and software (e.g., Google, the cloud) integrate individuals into … Continue reading

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Passion Should Be Avoided

Updated May 27, 2020 Passion, like love, is on the increase. It’s hard to find anything that some people don’t have a passion for. Passion, however, should be avoided. It can blind you to your interests and, without exception, it … Continue reading

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Is All News Fake?

Updated May 24, 2020 Is all news fake? In one sense, yes, because all accounts of what happened are incomplete and biased. ” In  Marshall McLuhan’s words, news is fake “because it has to be made, then selected, and the … Continue reading

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