How political arguments work in practice.

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Aug
26
Welcome to the Era of Strategic Trolling

Welcome to the Era of Strategic Trolling

Trolling has a bad reputation. The term is usually used to describe bad faith arguments and the most annoying types
4 min read
Aug
01
Avoiding the Process Trap — A Few Notes on the Forward Party

Avoiding the Process Trap — A Few Notes on the Forward Party

The curious case of Andrew Yang's Forward Party is a stark example of shortcut thinking in politics. Rather than developing
4 min read
Jul
04
Stop Taking the Bait on Bad Faith Debates About Word Choices

Stop Taking the Bait on Bad Faith Debates About Word Choices

There are a lot of rolling debates about specific word choices in political discourse that have very little to do
4 min read
Jun
23

When It's Not Lying, It's Often Paltering

Recently, I was discussing some disinformation about the pandemic with a few colleagues who work in science communication. We were
3 min read
Apr
15
Participatory Vs. Transactional Politics

Participatory Vs. Transactional Politics

A lot of debates about how to win elections and Do Politics Good are grounded in different views of how
3 min read
Jan
05

On January 6th, Good Organizing Won

A year ago, a right wing mob, incited by a Republican president, stormed the U.S. Capitol in the hopes
4 min read
Dec
28

Movie Review: Don't Look Up is the Science Communication Film We Deserve

SPOILER NOTE: I'm going to assume that readers have seen Don't Look Up or don't care if they see spoilers.
9 min read
Dec
09

Invisible Messaging: the Power of Agnotology in Political Rhetoric

Several years ago, at an earth science conference, I learned a new word that would permanently change my understanding of
4 min read
Nov
10

Messaging Does Not Generate Attention, Action and Provocation Do

Every time Democrats lose or even just underperform in an election, we see a series of recriminations about their messaging,
8 min read
Sep
03
If Democrats Don't Do the Right Thing Now, They Might Never Get Another Chance

If Democrats Don't Do the Right Thing Now, They Might Never Get Another Chance

This week has been dark. The Texas GOP's wildly unconstitutional anti-abortion law is in force. For millions of women in
8 min read

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