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Leveson encourages linking to sources: Excellent news!

For me, the details of a press standards code are as important as the overarching structure of press regulation. Encouraging online outlets simply to link to the scientific and social policy studies they talk about would, I think, be a big improvement. It gives more power to the reader, at the expense of the media’s ability to spin facts how it likes - I don’t see how that can be a bad thing or the beginning of some Orwellian nightmare.

The Executive Summary says:

"A new regulatory body should consider encouraging the press to be as transparent as possible in relation to the sources used for stories, including providing any information that would help readers to assess the reliability of information from a source and providing easy access, such as web links, to publicly available sources of information such as scientific studies or poll results. This should include putting the names of photographers alongside images. This is not in any way intended to undermine the existing provisions on protecting journalists’ sources, only to encourage transparency where it is both possible and appropriate to do so.”

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The Daily Mail Song

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Every Playboy centerfold (normalized), 1960s-1990s

From a broader series begun in 1997, the photographs in this suite are the result of mean averaging every Playboy centerfold foldout for the four decades beginning Jan. 1960 through Dec. 1999. This tracks, en masse, the evolution of this form of portraiture.

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An enduring concern about democracies is that citizens conform too readily to the policy views of elites in their own parties, even to the point of ignoring other information about the policies in question. This article presents two experiments that undermine this concern, at least under one important condition. People rarely possess even a modicum of information about policies; but when they do, their attitudes seem to be affected at least as much by that information as by cues from party elites. The experiments also measure the extent to which people think about policy. Contrary to many accounts, they suggest that party cues do not inhibit such thinking. This is not cause for unbridled optimism about citizens’ ability to make good decisions, but it is reason to be more sanguine about their ability to use information about policy when they have it.

John Bullock, Elite Influence on Public Opinion in an Informed Electorate, un-gated PDF for people into that sort of thing. (via ilyagerner)

What kind of abstract is that?!
I’ve read the abstract and the conclusion and still have no idea what the actual experiments were. Is that normal for “political science”? As the paper is 18 pages long, I’m afraid I will have to remain ill-informed!

From what I’ve read, though, I’m led to wonder:

  1. Whether “party cues” are such a bad thing. Is it not essentially trusting someone else’s judgement - based on experience and on (perceived) shared values - on matters that one doesn’t have the time to explore?
  2. Giving people at least “a modicum of information about policies” is super-important, but does the paper suggest (as if the suggestion were needed) that ostensibly non-partisan sources of information - such as the media and think tanks - can have substantial power over public opinion?

And here are some bits of the paper that caught my eye:

A burgeoning body of research suggests that the strength of party cues in other countries depends on the extent to which those countries’ party systems are well-developed. For example, Brader and Tucker (2009a) conducted party-cue experiments in Great Britain, Poland, and Hungary. They find that party cues change policy attitudes most in Great Britain and least in Poland, with Hungary in between—exactly what we would expect if the strength of party cues depends on the extent to which parties have developed clear reputations.

The role of partisanship is most striking: In both experiments, Democrats were far more affected by policy than by party cues, but Republicans were almost equally affected by these factors in Experiment 1 and slightly more affected by party cues in Experiment 2.

[…] More research is required to determine whether these results reflect basic differences between members of different parties. And in general, the possibility of basic partisan differences in political cognition deserves much more attention than it has received.

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"TV Tricks of the Trade - Cutaways and Quotes"

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