How political arguments work in practice.

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Jul
04

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
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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
Jul
31
What do you call a flailing attempt at a coup?

What do you call a flailing attempt at a coup?

As investigations into January 6th attack on the Capitol get underway, we're learning more about Trump's efforts to interfere with
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Jul
07
How Does Ranked Choice Voting Make Us Feel?

How Does Ranked Choice Voting Make Us Feel?

New York City's Democratic primary was incredibly competitive, partially thanks to ranked choice voting. And now we think we know
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