Why, then, does anyone consider him a “populist”? It’s basically all about affect, about coming across as someone who’ll stand up to snooty liberal elitists (and of course validate salt-of-the-earth, working-class racism.) Maybe some protectionism; but there’s no hint that his economic program will look anything like populism abroad. The Macroeconomics of Reality-TV Populism by …

Recognizing Value on Twitter

Jeb Lund, in a challenging article for the Guardian, argues that manual retweets are mere self-promotion borderlining on intellectual larceny, and that retweets/twitter reaction articles a la buzzfeed aren’t journalism at all.  I don’t entirely agree with his argument. I’d probably set the bar for usefulness on a commented manual RTs differently. I wouldn’t entirely …

Mitt Romney and My Naivete

I’m incredibly naive and optimistic sometimes. I actually thought an adult with a MBA from a highly distinguished school would know about the high economic costs of having large parts of your economy’s population depend on nothing but emergency care/emergency rooms for their “health” care. Care that, even with the medical professionals doing the best …