Author: Joshua Scacco

  • The Weekly Round-Up: Warring with the Media

    Despite campaign pledges to use diplomatic channels to solve conflicts, the Obama administration continued this week to escalate and return fire in its war of words with Fox News Channel. While receiving support from some on the left, the media fell silent and pundits increasingly looked on the conflict as ill-conceived and distracting for the White House as it continues to attempt a soft landing for the healthcare bill. Politico, the Huffington Post, RedState, and Daily Kos all parachuted onto the battlefield and in the process perpetuated the story long past its expiration date.

  • Postmodernity Meets the Banking Crisis: A Conversation with gnovis Journal Contributor Andrew Hare

    I recently connected with gnovis Journal contributor Andrew Hare, who had his paper "A Shift Realized: The Banking Crisis as the First Postmodern Event" published this past spring in the journal. He had some interesting insights on his paper and how some of his ideas and assumptions in the paper have evolved since its publication.

    Postmodernism seems like a difficult concept to get one's head around. How do you define postmodernism and where do you see it in practice in the modern world?

  • Whistling Toward Dover: Eight Years Later and Measuring the Dover Test

    Afghanistan is the graveyard of once mighty armies. The Mongols led by Genghis Khan invaded the region in the 13th century and continued fighting for control of the land for five centuries until overthrown in the 1700s. The Soviets came and went in a little less time, approximately eight years during which the communist empire collapsed. Then, there was the United States who eight years ago this week embarked on a conflict that today gets bloodier by the day.

     

    President Barack Obama recently told congressional leaders there would be neither a surge (like in Iraq) nor a pullout (like in Vietnam). There have been 400 coalition deaths this year alone – more than the first five years of the conflict combined. The young administration, cognizant of the drag that can be caused by unending conflict, must be fearful of the all-to-recognizable Dover Test.

  • Sometimes you’re filmed like a Nut (or ACORN)

    Citizen journalism has struck again and the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. The Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) has come under withering criticism for a series of videos purportedly showing undercover conservative activists attempting to receive advice on how to cheat the system and obtain government-sponsored housing for a brothel.

  • The Kennedy Cognitive Dissonance

    The recent death of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) got me thinking about legacies. Everyone strives to make some sort of familial, societal, political or cultural impact during the course of their lives. To say Ted Kennedy made an impact is an extreme understatement. His fingerprints can be found on some of most monumental pieces of legislation of the last half century. Yet, his personal failings became political media fodder and part of the calculus used in summing up his legacy.