Interesting piece in the NY Times today about the structural reasons for political polarization (particularly in the college educated population) in the US.
I’m writing a piece about the future of political parties in the UK at the moment and the more I think about it, the more I don’t think they have one.
Back from a weekend away to find John Naughton has written a really interesting review of Network Logic in the Observer. He’s spotted a recurring Demos dilemma. We agonised for a long time over whether to include a single definition of ‘network’ but in the end decided to go for a network definition, if you see what I mean. Each author adds something to your understanding of network as noun and verb and once you’ve dipped in and out of a few essays you should hopefully feel a bit better equipped to navigate our network society. It reminds me of a quote by Stuart Kaufman “A definition is nether true or false; it is either useful or useless”. I hope our approach is useful.
Lynne Truss gets the pedant’s treatment by the New Yorker in their review of Eats, Shoots & Leaves.
Great little piece in the Guardian about the Bilderberg Group. The best version still has to be in Jon Ronson’s Them: Adventures with Extremists — a laugh out loud account of something that probably isn’t very funny at all.