Category Archives: Book Review

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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Program or Be Programmed

Updated December 15, 2020 Douglas Rushkoff’s book, Program or Be Programed: Ten Commands for the Digital Age, is an excellent statement of the overriding importance of programming/coding. In Rushkoff’s words, programming/coding is “the steering wheel of our civilization.” Either you … Continue reading

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Middle East Not Complicated

Here’s my review of AngloArabia:Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain, that I’ve also posted on Amazon.  In this review and other blog posts and reviews (noted below) I point out that oil–rather than religion, democracy, or anything else–is the driver of … Continue reading

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Unbiased Language Not Possible

Updated December 15, 2020 Here’s my review of Rosalie Maggio, Unspinning the Spin, which I’ve also posted on Amazon: Unspinning the Spin is a worthwhile effort to counter what I, the author, and Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem who wrote … Continue reading

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How Smart Are Smarter Governments?

Updated December 15, 2020 Here’s my review of Beth Noveck’s, Smart Citizens, Smarter State.  A previous, unrevised, version is posted on Amazon. Noveck says governments can use the Internet for structural and procedural reforms, as well as for problem solving and … Continue reading

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Review: Koran

I read the Koran because a lot of people talk about it in reference to the 9/11 blowback, Middle East conflicts, bombings in Europe, as well as in reference to mosque-building and shootings in California and in other parts of … Continue reading

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Review: James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Updated December 20, 2020 Here’s my review of James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time: Accurate Description but Need to Move to the Internet Baldwin describes the experiences of blacks in the only nation conceived in liberty. It’s a history “of … 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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Eroding Confidence in Surveys and In-Depth Interviews

Below is my review of Allan Kellehear, The Unobtrusive Researcher, which I’ve also posted on Amazon.  It’s part of my ongoing effort to weaken enthusiasm for survey research via promotion of observation and other non-asking methods: Eroding Confidence in Surveys … Continue reading

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Review of Rein Taagepera, Making Social Sciences More Scientific

Here’s my review of Taagepera’s Making Social Sciences More Scientific, which is part of my effort to reduce reliance on survey research by promoting non-asking procedures for finding out what’s really going on; in this case, making and testing predictive/logical … Continue reading

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