Category Archives: Book Review

Review: Rosalie Maggio, Unspinning the Spin

Here’s my review of Rosalie Maggio, Unspinning the Spin, which I’ve also posted on Amazon: Unbiased Language Is Not Possible Unspinning the Spin is a worthwhile effort to counter what I, the authors, and many other others (but not everyone) … Continue reading

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Review: Beth Simon Noveck, Smart Citizens, Smarter State

Here’s my review of Noveck’s Smart Citizens, Smarter State.  I’ve also posted my review on Amazon. Rejection of Open Internet Networks In Smart Citizens, Smarter State, Noveck says governments are unable to use open Internet networks to bring about needed … 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

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 rope, fire, torture, castration, … Continue reading

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Internet Effects and Hand-Wringing

Contributors to this collection of previously presented conference papers discuss how the Internet and attendant hardware and software accentuate limitations endemic to polling. For example, increasing cell phone usage augments already low and declining response rates and virtually eliminates the … 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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