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- 08:27am May 6, 2002 EST (#2048
"Nice" is an amazingly rare quality among writers Couthard
I read down to the end .... "Nice" didn't show in the last
Aren't writer's NICE?
Or is it Couthard's perception that
writers aren't nice?
What does she find 'threatening' about
other writers ... perhaps they aren't as right-wing as she ...
making them not so "Nice".... or perhaps they're questioning of her
- 08:37am May 6, 2002 EST (#2049
There's a trend for Journalism Departments (academia) to be the
gateways through which new knowledge - read new truths, filter into
the outer world.
If the gatekeepers have viewpoints that are extreme, redundant,
conservative, retrograde ... then would this block certain types of
truths or new knowledge moving through.
Academics are the HUMAN CAPITAL of Nation with depth and specific
knowledge and/or viewpoints.
The taxpayers ultimately fund research via tax, or via
consumer-goods hidden taxes.
If the gatekeepers prohibit knowledge/truth filtering into the
world - then the general public who fund the Institutions and their
people, aren't reaping the rewards of their investments.
Academic Freedom is enshrined in law in New Zealand ... the
movers and shakers of the world may be registered here / yet work
elsewhere .. to ensure they have academic freedom! http://www.google.com/search?q=New+Zealand+Academic+Freedom+law&btnG=Google+Search&num=20&hl=en&newwindow=1
- 09:16am May 6, 2002 EST (#2050
"Meanwhile, despite opposition by the administration, House and
Senate appropriators are leaning toward giving Israel an additional
infusion of $200 million in military aid to offset the costs of its
- 09:21am May 6, 2002 EST (#2051
That being the case, the US can't be the only arbiter and
negotiation channel for finding a workable peace in the middle east.
There's too much bias, both real and apparent.
I'm glad that is being recognized to some extent by the
- 09:23am May 6, 2002 EST (#2052
5/6/02 8:37am . .
"If the gatekeepers prohibit knowledge/truth
filtering into the world - then the general public who fund the
Institutions and their people, aren't reaping the rewards of their
That's VERY true, and the gatekeeping patterns can make certain
kinds of progress almost impossible -- especially in awkward
circumstances. Sometimes the situation is complex, and responses
need to be complex. But a sense of honor matters a great deal -- and
it is very easy, in large organizations full of gatekeepers,
and distributed veto power - - to shut down progress for long times.
I've been involved in such a circumstance. http://www.wisc.edu/rshowalt/klinerec
-- and so to some extent has the NYT (a gatekeeper, too) and the
University of Wisconsin. One of the people who has been involved is
Sharon Dunwoody, Dean and Professor, who had the last words in
It's Alive! It's Alive! By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/05/weekinreview/05STOL.html
"There is an unacknowledged current running
through the debate over cloning: a fear of science, and a
corresponding desire to rein it in."
Dunwoody has some reasons to be cautious about her gatekeeping
(where she is influential indeed) - for reasons the end of
Stolberg's article makes clear.
"But people still worry about genetically modified
foods, and nuclear power has never recovered from the Three Mile
Island disaster. So Sharon Dunwoody, a professor of journalism at
the University of Wisconsin who studies the public understanding
of science, said scientists ought not deceive themselves by
thinking public knowledge equals public acceptance.
"I see scientists all the time making this
mistake," she said, "assuming that the more you know about us, the
more you are going to love us."
So gatekeepers have some reason to be wary. That's particularly
true for institutions in the United States, as society with A
Penchant for Secrecy http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/05/weekinreview/05GREE.html
. For many reasons, we need some solutions better than we have, and
some exception handling better than we have, when we deal with
levels of complexity or uncertainty that now defeat us. Defeat us in
ways that now impoverish us economically, culturally, and morally.
- 02:43pm May 6, 2002 EST (#2053
Spooked - bang bang
Israeli soldiers who killed a Palestinian mother and two young
children, meanwhile, were "spooked" by the sound of a tank tread
coming loose, the Israeli military said. The army initially said
that a mine blew up near the tank, but said today no traces of an
explosion were found. It said it regretted the deaths.
- 03:37pm May 6, 2002 EST (#2054
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