Aaron Bady: Essay critiques the ideas of Clay Shirky and others advocating higher ed disruption: "I suspect that if you agree with Clay Shirky that teaching is analogous to music, then you are likely to be persuaded by his assertion that Udacity -- a lavishly capitalized educational startup company -- is analogous to Napster. If you are not impressed with this analogy, however, you will not be impressed by his argument. And just to put my cards on the table, I am not very impressed with his argument. I think teaching is very different from music; that it is so different as to make the comparison obscure a lot more than it reveals."
Mark Kleiman: Shocking, but true « The Reality-Based Community: Dan Froomkin: 1. Contemporary GOP politicians and spokespeople are habitual liars. 2. The conventions of mainstream reporting forbid reporters to report that highly relevant fact. 3. The penalty for scholars who state that fact and criticize reporters for their failure to report is is to be categorized as partisan and thus denied coverage. Don’t feel sad for Mann and Ornstein. They’ll be OK. Feel sad for the country.
Bradley Belt, Jared Bernstein, William G. Gale and Phillip Swagel: Let’s All Jump Off the Fiscal Cliff
Mark Granovetter: Threshold Models of Collective Behavior