Category Archives: Themes

The Highest Monkey bids farewell

Dearest loving readers, the time has come for the Highest Monkey to say adieu. After an entire semester’s worth of blogging, PLSC 277 is officially disbanding for summer break and so is our blog. It has been an incredible experience … Continue reading

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The Web Goes Dark

Just over three months ago, the collective outrage of millions of internet users over SOPA and PIPA was brought to bear on Congress thanks to the internet “Blackout” of January 18, 2012. The protest managed to kill the bills’ shot … Continue reading

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Intelligence Squared

Intelligence Squared is a program based in New York that “has presented 50 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of the mainstream … Continue reading

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SeeClickFix: The Future National 3-1-1

Everyone can think of something in his or her neighborhood that needs fixing. Whether it be potholes on the main highway, overfilled dumpsters, or even graffiti on schools, we can easily name the issues. The problem is getting them fixed, … Continue reading

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Government Online: Obama’s Open Government Initiative

On his first day in office, President Obama announced that he was committed to making government more open, and that he would do so by focusing on three things: transparency, participation and collaboration. Thus began the Open Government Initiative (OGI), … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Corporate Klout

Klout has launched a new service for companies, allowing them to engage with influential Facebook users. The service, which measure’s one’s impact within social networks, will now help companies connect with those powerful individuals to promote their brand online. Bookmark on … Continue reading

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Food for thought: And the Pulitzer winners are..

What a perfect way to end this class – with the announcement of the Pulitzer winners. The biggest surprise this year came from new media. Online news outlets The Huffington Post and Politico both won their first Pulitzer Prizes, a … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: How Open is the Internet?

In this map, the Guardian has government meddling in websites dedicated to human rights, political opposition, or support for minorities around the world. True to Guardian style, the map is interactive, and users can download the full data set to analyze … Continue reading

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Subscribing to the WSJ

This morning, Professor Farrar suggested to her class of Highest Monkeys that they check out a WSJ column that mentioned Yale students and journalism (Crovitz’s Before ‘Watergate’ Could be Google). I woke up to her e-mail and immediately clicked her … Continue reading

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“We the People” get frustrated

A famous quote which has been attributed to everyone from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklin (though it most likely originated from a very different source) defines insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” … Continue reading

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