• Census Consensus: 'Citizenship' Would Be A Headache For Advertising, Media
    If requiring people to state their citizenship creates a non-respondent bias among some people, it will distort the representation of the population in the U.S. Census estimates and all the research benchmarked to it.
  • #DeleteFacebook
    More than a decade after joining, I am deactivating my Facebook account. I've been debating doing it for some time, mainly because I don't see much value in being part of "The Social Network" when so many other better ones exist, especially the one known as the human race. I almost quit a year ago when I woke one morning to email alerts from friends asking if my Facebook account had been hacked. It had. I reported it and Facebook's tepid response that it had reviewed my case and was doing nothing because it "found that it doesn't go against ...
  • Our Parasocial Bond With Donald J. Trump
    In the 417 days since Donald Trump has been President, nary a day has gone by that I haven't felt we are living through a scripted reality TV series, and one that might well be produced by his former TV producer partner Mark Burnett. It's not his hiring and firing of former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault-Newman as part of his White House team. Or even his firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via a tweet. It's just that the incessant conflict narrative of Trump vs. (fill-in-the-blank) doesn't feel real. It feels like reality TV.
  • Grassroots Political Activism Looks Sustainable, Likely Factor For Midterms
    A year after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, there's a new spirit of political activism among Americans nationwide. It manifested first in the Women's March on Washington, D.C. and other major cities in January 2017, and it grew even bigger January 2018. On March 24, an anti-gun violence youth movement sparked by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL, is expected to draw similar crowds -- and importantly -- media coverage.