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About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Government And Politics Superseded By Internet+

In, Usual Politics: A Critique and Some Suggestions for an Alternative,  I described the bankruptcy/collapse of governments dubbed “democratic”.  (A few people then, and more now, agree.)  I described–correctly, I believe–the decline of legislatures, voting, and elected officials and the rise of … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Acknowledge Need For Data From Non-Asking Sources

In Newsletter No 95, copied below, which I received from a university survey research center in late September, 2017,  survey researchers acknowledge that survey research results/answers might not be accurate and, therefore, answers must be checked with data from non-asking … Continue reading

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Merge with AI

A recent development that might help us keep up with advances in the Internet and Internet-related hard- and software (computers, smartphones, sensors, the cloud, Google, etc.) comes from Elton Musk’s “newest venture, Neuralink, a California company that plans to develop a … Continue reading

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Deceptive AAPOR Evaluation of 2016 Election Polls

The 2016 election polls were inaccurate, predicting a win for Email-Server-Hillary, whereas Mussolini-Arpaio-Trump prevailed and now is the Oval Office One.  But pollsters, because they’re addicted to asking, are seldom able to admit their mistakes.  Instead, they try to deceive by … Continue reading

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My Open Internet Problem-Solving Networks Similar to Facebook Groups/”communities”

I am working on a manuscript, Problem-Solving via the Internet: An Alternative to Nation-States, Governments, and Politics in which open Internet problem-solving networks (e.g., Wikipedia, Peer-to-Patent) are presented as the most efficient and effective institutions to solve problems, now that … Continue reading

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Effects of World Wide Web

“passing laws changes little, or takes a generation or longer to have effect.  Deep changes to people’s lives can be made almost instantly, however, by the introduction a new technology that everyone wants. . . . [T]he world wide web … Continue reading

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Question Wording, Change in Wording, and Rosa’s Law

Question wording affects answers.   The first sentence in the comment below (No. 85 Rosa’s Law and Surveys) is an acknowledgement of this fundamental flaw in survey research:  “Question wording plays a critical role in [affecting] how respondents . . … Continue reading

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