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George's Office Wall

“You’re as big as what makes you mad.” Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock

“`If you are a regular PayPal customer, we know you. And we know everyone like you.'" Dan Schulman, PayPal’s CEO. Quoted by Thomas Friedman

“first land, then capital, now information” McKenzie Werk

“All technologies bring on the cultural blues”. Marshall McLuhan

“privacy is no longer a social norm” attributed to Mark Zuckerberg

Leadership BABBLE: “The job of management is leadership.” W. Edwards Deming, Out of the Crisis, p. 54.

Leadership BABBLE: “The modern presidency . . . [is] an office at once omnipotent and impotent.” Gene Healy, The Cult of the Presidency, p. 231.

“Criminal justice in the United States is an oxymoron.” William Epstein, Empowerment as Ceremony, p. 76. (See also my review of Empowerment as Ceremony on the Amazon book page for this book.)

“Cultural diversity is a convenience of American preferences reducing pressures for greater equality by enshrining inequality as subculture respect”. William Epstein, Empowerment as Ceremony, p. 76. (See also my review of Empowerment as Ceremony on the Amazon book page for this book.)

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NEW REVIEW

The most recent review of my book, The Problem with Survey Research, is by Professor Floyd Fowler and, using his own words, I’ve titled his review:

No Informed Person Would Dispute His Core Premise

[P]resent[s] evidence . . . that the topic, the ways questions are worded, the mode of data collection, and . . . askers themselves, affect answers in ways that clearly imply error.

[C]riticizes researchers for ignoring or downplaying known sources of error such as biased and undefined sample frames and low response rates. . . . also criticizes researchers who use monetary incentives (“bribes”) to improve response rates

[E]xtensively footnoted and referenced

No informed person would dispute his core premise that there is plenty of error in surveys that . . . can produce distorted results [emphasis added].

---Floyd J. Fowler, Jr., Contemporary Sociology, Sept. 2014, vol. 43, no. 5, 660-62

New York Review of Books Review

My book, The Problem with Survey Research, is reviewed in the New York Review of Books by Andrew Hacker: “an unabashed. . . . spirited. . . . indictment of surveys. . . . `The flaws of polls,’ he writes, `are so extensive and severe that survey research, as a method for finding out what’s really going on, should be abandoned’ . . . the issues he raises are important. . . . For one thing, `respondents lie’ or `do not have relevant and correct information.’ For another, `question wording skews results.’ Those who sponsor research `disguise, or hide’ its `actual or primary purpose.’ Even location matters. The answers given in classrooms differ from those given in dormitories, even when both are anonymous. Beam’s advice: `If you want to find out what’s really going on, don’t ask’”.
For the complete review, click here.