Category Archives: politics

Fascism and imagination: reading _It Can’t Happen Here_ in 2018

Over the past few weeks I reread Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here.  The book became very popular and discussed before and after Donald Trump’s 2016 election, and, as a literature person, I wanted to see how it might … Continue reading

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A 21st century strongman, enabled by the internet: a case study

How can a politician and their supporters use social media to build up power?  Lauren Etter‘s Bloomberg News article “What Happens When the Government Uses Facebook as a Weapon?” offers a chilling account of how Philippine president Duterte and his supporters deployed trolling, targeted … Continue reading

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Internet2 on net neutrality

How is higher education responding to net neutrality’s impending demise? To answer this question, last week I interviewed the policy director for EDUCAUSE, the largest education and technology group.  The heads of ISTE and the New Media Consortium also published … Continue reading

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Two more ed tech organizations come out swinging for net neutrality

What does the impending FCC shift away from net neutrality mean for education and technology? Yesterday I posted my interview with EDUCAUSE’s policy director.  Jarret Cummings explained that organization’s position in favor of net neutrality. Today the Chronicle of Higher … Continue reading

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Update: EDUCAUSE responds to the FCC's new net neutrality policy move

What should higher education do about the United States FCC‘s upcoming move against net neutrality? To get a handle on this question I interviewed Jarret Cummings, the director of policy and government relations for EDUCAUSE.  Jarret was very generous with his … Continue reading

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International student applications to American campuses down in 2017: new study

Have fewer foreign students applied to American colleges and universities in the way of Trump’s election?  We’ve seen several attempts to determine this, but a new report claims the answer is clearly “yes”. The number of newly arriving international students … Continue reading

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The future of democracy: an interesting idea

How will governments change?  Will the 21st century see more or fewer democracies? A fascinating new Pew Research survey examines global attitudes towards governmental structures, and offers a glimpse into several possible futures. Let me draw out what I think … Continue reading

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How plutocracy works in America: the DEA-opioid story

When does a modern democracy function as a plutocracy?  A recent Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation (video) offers one disturbing case study from the present day. It alleges that the pharmaceutical industry successfully prevented the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from … Continue reading

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A growing partisan split over American higher education

American attitudes towards higher education are increasingly driven by party politics.  According to new Pew research, Democrats are more likely to like colleges and universities, while Republicans are even more critical of them than they used to be. A majority … Continue reading

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American health care reform under the Republicans: three scenarios

Once again I detour into politics.  It’s for a good reason, I assure you. Today the United States Senate Republicans have issued their own health care reform proposal, the ‘‘Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017’’.  Finally shared in public after … Continue reading

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