Readers in the D.C. area have an opportunity to see The American Conservative‘s publisher and editor this Friday, March 15.
At 10 am, editor Dan McCarthy is appearing on a panel at CPAC to discuss the work of sociologist and traditionalist conservative Robert Nisbet. It’s part of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Conservative University constellation of events at CPAC, which this year is being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. If you’re attending CPAC, plan to come to Dan’s panel. (The rest of the Conservative University roster looks impressive as well, with TAC regulars such as Jim Antle, Gerald Russello, and Doug Bandow taking part.)
Then from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Aspen Institute, publisher Ron Unz will be part of a discussion on raising the minimum wage. The Aspen Institute is located at 1 Dupont Circle NW in Washington, DC.
This weekend, Chris Hayes invited four conservatives to discuss the state of right-wing media and Breitbart’s ”Friends of Hamas” scoop. TAC’s own Jim Antle was among them, along with Liz Mair, Josh Barro, and Maddie Dupple. Check out the clips:
[Re-posted from last week]
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If you’re in New York, join us next Tuesday at the Apollo Theater’s presidential debate party, featuring live jazz and pre-town hall thoughts from our national correspondent Michael Brendan Dougherty:
[The] event will open with a panel discussion moderated by Fordham University Political Science Assistant Professor Christina Greer with political analysis from Michael Brendan Dougherty (The American Conservative), William Tucker (The American Spectator), Herb Boyd (New York Amsterdam News), Armstrong Williams (Sirius XM’s The Power), Esther Armah (WBAI-FM) and Mark Riley (WWRL 1600 AM).
Black Enterprise Business Report‘s Shannon LaNier will also lead an audience Q&A session followed by a viewing of the live televised debate. The night will kick off with live entertainment from Amateur Night at the Apollo soul/jazz violinist artist Charisa and music provided by RhythmAndSoulRadio.com’s The Legendary Chris Washington.
We’ll be on hand to distribute magazines and chat with readers. The event is free – register here.
Senior editor Daniel Larison appeared on Morning Edition today along with Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center in a segment entitled “Where do Romney, Obama Stand on Foreign Policy?”
Here’s the clip:
An author recently asked me if I thought readers were unsympathetic to his work, judging from the number of critical comments it attracted. Not at all, I assured him: comments are distinctly unrepresentative of an omnibus site’s readership. In his case, the most recent piece he’d written had received ten times as many Facebook “likes” as critical comments, and the story’s overall readership was an order of magnitude greater still.
Most readers — 99 out of a 100 or more — don’t comment. And those who do comment are, often enough, apt to be those who dislike what they’re reading or have agendas of their own to promote. With websites dedicated to a single topic or personality, that’s not such a big problem: only a real troll would go to John Doe’s website just to complain about John Doe. But a site that covers many different interests may find that 1 percent or 5 percent of its readers like one particular niche but are most moved to comment on other topics — those where they find the author’s views least sympathetic. An objection always seems more urgent than a note of agreement.
Add to this a volume of partisans brought out by the election season the way rain brings snails, and you can see that a latitudinarian comments policy won’t do. So while the guidelines Wick Allison outlined awhile back remain in effect, enforcement will be a bit stricter. Fundamentally, comments should be germane, civil, and concise. They should suggest that the commenter is thinking his or her own thoughts — the operative words being not only “his or her own” but “thoughts.” Not attitudes, but ideas: things that deepen and enrich the conversation. Being concise, by the way, means not only keeping comments brief, but not barraging the site with several comments expressing variations on the same theme. Such redundancy is one of things we’ll be policing more closely. Another is the “me too” post that only recapitulates something that’s already been said. In general, the longer a thread gets, the higher we’d like to raise the bar for further comments.
These considerations won’t affect most long-time commenters (with a few exceptions) and they shouldn’t stifle independently minded, good-faith commenters of any sort, as long as their remarks add something new to the conversation. But it’s clear that a less rigorously moderated approach can lead to misunderstandings. And in an age of so much oversimplification and flattening of discourse, that’s something to be avoided even at some cost to participation.
The TAC family of bloggers expands today with the addition of the many-talented Alan Jacobs, Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College and author of such works as The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and Original Sin: A Cultural History. What that c.v. doesn’t tell you is that Alan also has a keen eye and sharp pen for popular culture and technology — but that will be evident soon enough on his blog. Follow him on Twitter, too.
The president takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention sometime after 10 pm tonight. TAC will be keeping an eye on things and commenting via Twitter. Here are the handles to follow:
We’re now accepting applications for TAC’s fall internship. Interns gain experience in all aspects of producing the print magazine and website, including writing blog posts and articles, proofreading, conducting research, contributing headlines and story ideas, and managing social media accounts. Clerical duties, such as answering the phone and handling the mail, are also involved.
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As web readers have already seen, Michael Brendan Dougherty has returned to The American Conservative as our national correspondent through the election. In addition to his blogging below, you can also get a double-dose of Michael’s writing in the August issue, which includes his look at the Burkean conservatives who supported Obama in 2008 and may do so again — the Obamacons — and his take on a Cologne court’s ruling against male circumcision.
The August issue also features Rod Dreher on the class-war at the dinner table: “porky populist” outrage against Whole Foods and high-quality (and high-priced) food. David Cowan, meanwhile, urges conservatives to look to Jack Kemp before Ronald Reagan for inspiration and notes Kemp’s keen understanding of the priority of economics over military interventionism. (Kemp opposed the Iraq War.) Brendan O’Neill looks at how Britain is abolishing itself, while Brad Birzer explores the lost tradition of Christian humanism in T.S. Eliot, Russell Kirk, and other great 20th century literary figures. All this, plus Taki, Bill Kauffman, Bill Lind, Pat Buchanan, and reviews by Robert Schlesinger, Jacob Heilbrunn, Jeremy Beer, and much more.
Our cover story, which goes live on the site tonight, sees publisher Ron Unz tackling one of the most controversial topics of today: “Race, IQ, and Wealth.” Has political bias distorted our understanding of how intelligence, genes, and national wealth are related?
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