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American Politics: Bad Boys vs. Mean Girls

August 24, 2017 - 10:15 -- Admin

Here's a framework for understanding how social networking is changing US politics.  It's raw, simple and (hopefully) useful.  


The political parties and the media aren't the primary actors in the US political system anymore.  Increasingly, politics is being waged online by networks.  A fight between two powerful and very different online social networks (I gave them names that are both descriptive of how they operate and easy to remember):  

Idea: The Automation of Terrorism

June 14, 2017 - 23:43 -- Admin

I figured out what I'm going to talk about at the Prime Minister's conference in Singapore next month:  the automation of terrorism.  Here's the outline of what I'm going to discuss (I already have most of the thinking on this topic already done and the trend is already in motion).


The Common Driver of Public Violence

June 6, 2017 - 06:47 -- Admin

Mass killings in London, Portland, and Orlando over the last seven days (occurring at an increasing rate).   We have categories for each type of attack:

  • London:  Homegrown Jihadi terrorist attack.
  • Portland:  Hate crime murders.
  • Orlando:  Lethal postal rage in the workplace.

If we examine each category by itself, it's hard to determine any underlying factors common to the attack of that type.  Jihadi terrorism has lots of contributing factors.