Author Archives: DJM

poll bias

With all the poll watching that goes on in elections these days, the question of how accurate the polls are has become more interesting (to me at least).  I’ve been informally tracking the question of whether certain polling outfits tend toward liberal or conservative bias for quite some time.  To be clear I’m not accusing […]

yet another blog?

I know you’ve all been just dying for another blog to read, haven’t you?  Well, I’m here to satisfy! Today marks the the public launch of Mobilizing Ideas, a new scholarly (or perhaps pseudo-scholarly!) blog concerned with activism, social movements, protests, and the like.  The blog consists of two sections: a monthly set of invited […]

for your consideration: the journal of universal rejection

About the Journal | Instructions for Authors | Subscriptions | Archives Editor-in-Chief: Caleb Emmons About the Journal The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may […]

frances fox piven under attack

January 24, 2011 Dear members of the Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section of ASA We write to express our outrage at the way in which our esteemed colleague, Frances Fox Piven, has been pilloried, even terrorized, by both the right wing media (most especially Glenn Beck of FOX News) and character-assassinating, vicious, right wing […]

the scatterplot official* ranking of sociology graduate programs

After seeing the NRC ranking of graduate programs, my first impulse was to simply ignore it.  The process has been a mess–and now the results reflect that mess perfectly.  My second instinct was to write a post encouraging everyone else to ignore it.  Obviously, that’s not going to happen!  It’s so hard to stop myself […]

the spiral of textbook costs

There’s a mildly interesting exchange on the NY Times website about textbook prices. The authors and commenters hit most of the pertinent facts, with a fair sprinkling of misinformation as well (like implying that the typical textbook

the sequel is never as good as the original, but…

Monopoly has taken over my life. I could never have predicted what a 21-second game of Monopoly has spawned. A few tidbits for you about our “shortest” game:

over the 100k mark

As a blogger, you sooner or later experience the feeling that your readers and/or the whole world are a bit nuts. Case in point: The monopoly post just went over 100,000 hits. Is this REALLY that interesting to so many people? Side bar: I’m being interviewed about it by a radio program in NEW ZEALAND […]

The Shortest Possible Game of Monopoly: 21 Seconds

OK, since no one is posting, you get to endure another Monopoly post! After our recent attempt to play the shortest actual game of Monopoly on record, we started to wonder about what the shortest THEORETICALLY POSSIBLE game of Monopoly would be. That is, if everything went just the right way, with just the right […]

a discipline of anecdotes?

I was just taking a break and cruising through the Psychology Today website and I ran into this little quote: “Science never ends with an anecdote; otherwise, it would be sociology.” This was the lead sentence in Satoshi Kanazawa’s piece “Are Asians More Nocturnal than Others?“. Curiously, Kanazawa, although appointed in Management at the London […]

How I Spent My Saturday Morning

Relevance, Mr. Coburn?

Since this hasn’t been said (at least not directly) here yet: What I find disturbing about this whole recent spasm regarding the public relevance of political science is that the “hard” sciences are automatically assumed to have relevance and therefore are immune to critiques about exotic questions and lacking “obvious public benefits.” I spent about […]

who is a young scholar?

Today my copy of blogger-pal, Eszter Hargittai’s new book, Research Confidential: Solutions to Problems Most Social Scientists Pretend They Never Have, arrived. Given the gauntlet of meetings I faced today and face everyday, I didn’t get through much of it, and it probably will be quite a while before I can finish it off. But […]

i’m blogging in the chronicle

A few months ago, I had a blow out because I was asked to review 8 articles in one month. This resulted not in a review, but rather a blog post. Shortly thereafter, I started receiving inquiries from the American Sociological Association’s offices encouraging me to submit the piece to our disciplinary newsletter, Footnotes. The […]

back at it

Probably this is very stupid, but I’ve been at it for 10 days or so now, so I might as well go public: I’m Blue Monstering again…


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