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The Walled Garden Paradigm

The Walled Garden Paradigm

Cell phones have changed the world. From the wealthy to the poor, from the developed world to the developing world, the growing ubiquity of mobile phones has opened doors that, previously, had not even been present to be opened. Put simply, cell phones accomplish everything by connecting people all over the world—the very same purpose […]

The Open Web, A Cliff Notes History

The Open Web, A Cliff Notes History

There’s a thing out there as ephemeral and futile as explaining to your parents your relationship with your on-again off-again boyfriend who’s really not your boyfriend over Thanksgiving Dinner and eight glasses of wine, and that thing is the Open Web.   Congratulations! You made it through the signature unwieldy metaphor of a hook! And […]

When Popular Science Goes Rogue

When Popular Science Goes Rogue

In a recent article, the New York Times heralded with much fanfare a “potential breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research”. The scientific community, the relentless white coats that slog through repetitive minutiae in the pursuit of biological understanding, enjoy positive press as much as the next collective. However, too much of a good thing can be disastrous–especially […]

AMERICA’S CHOICE: INVALID-UNSOUND 2012

AMERICA’S CHOICE: INVALID-UNSOUND 2012

Happy (almost) Election Day, everyone! As the Logic-Troll-In-Residence[i], I couldn’t make it through the election cycle without discussing the logical fallacies that abound from both sides of the aisle. Here are a few which really struck me:   Straw Man Fallacy What it is: the misrepresentation of an opponent’s opinion. Person X distorts Person Y’s view then […]

The Trickle-Downs of Campaign Spending

The Trickle-Downs of Campaign Spending

The numbers have been crunched, pundits have weighed in and there now seems to be no doubt that 2012 election spending will reach $6 billion. And although I don’t think such spending qualifies as a worthwhile investment, some of our friends, readers, and haters claim that the $6 billion spent has to amount to some […]

It’s The Economy, Mr. Candidate

Editor’s Note: We received this thoughtful response to Lamp’s inaugural post on campaign spending. In the interest of doing that thing we do (aka, we love well-crafted and researched debate), here’s the email in full. Keep ’em comin’, kids! Dear Lady Lamp, I really like the way you presented your point of view on the excess of […]

The Excess of Election 2012

Welcome to our new contributor, the mysterious Lamp, and her inaugural post about campaign finance! With just two weeks and one debate left until the 2012 Presidential election, I am busy taking stock of the issues, fact-checking advertisements, and trying to decide which candidate I will vote for in November. I am already upset by […]