Why the 2012 US Presidential election matters

Written by Terry Flew on May 21, 2012

An interview has been published in Open Democracy with Professor Theda Skocpol, from the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, about the forthcoming 2012 US Presidential election. Skocpol is known to many for her pioneering work on state theory, which established public policy as an important variable in progressive politics, and rejected the determinism of Marxist state theory, noting the active role played by state agencies as political actors in their own right. More recently, she has authored

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Jay Rosen to Barack Obama: Be yourself!

Written by Terry Flew on January 26, 2009

Some interesting speculations by Jay Rosen on his PressThink site about the future shape of government/media realtions under the Obama administration in the U.S.

The thing he is pretty sure of is that they will have to be less opaque and dismissive than those of the Bush/Cheney years:

What is over? The idea of one interlocutor, the White House press corps, acting as our quasi-official watchdog, and an oligopoly of firms—Big Media—through whom news of the presidency flows. That’s over. The big

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Obama campaign and social media

Written by Terry Flew on November 30, 2008

Information from the Politics Online site about how the Barack Obama presidential campaign made use of social media to build its victorious momentum:

The Washington Post reports that in his 21 months of campaigning, Obama raised half a billion online. Equally impressive is Obama’s online popularity within social networking sites.

Here is a breakdown of Obama’s online operations stats:

3 million donors made a total of 6.5 million donations online adding up to more than $500 million.
Of those 6.5 million donations, 6 million

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