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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the type and urgency of a news story, rather than audience demographics, determine where Americans go for their news…'

January 16th, 2014
thesmithian

…the rich have consistently voted more often than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans.

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…the rich have consistently voted more often than the poor for the past four decades, and that voters are substantially more conservative in their economic views than nonvoters. They find that women are now more likely to vote than men, that the gap in voting rates between blacks and whites has largely disappeared, and that older Americans continue to vote more than younger Americans.

more.

January 5th, 2014
thesmithian

…though Georgia is more “new South” than “deep South,” over the last 15 years it has started to show real signs of being a “deep South” state in terms of its racially divided voting habits. It’s not as…stratified as…Mississippi, but the gap is large, and widening.

more.

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art: here.

December 16th, 2013
thesmithian

…only 30% of the nation’s fast-food labor force currently falls into the 16-19 age range, while 31% are 20-24 and the rest are 25 and older. More than a quarter of these workers are raising at least one child. Nearly 85 percent of non-teenage employees have already earned their high-school diploma, while approximately one-third have at least some college education.

more.

December 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

…media organizations should consider giving up their spot on the campaign bus and [devote] those resources to reporting on things that are at least as likely to have a significant impact on the election: (1) analysis of demographics and voting patterns, (2) investigative reporting on the impact of changes to early voting, voter ID requirements, and other voting laws, and (3) more sophisticated analysis of campaigns’ social policy promises…

more.

December 1st, 2013
thesmithian

"As only about 6.6% of the population, black people are far from the majority in CA…people in Oakland, Los Angeles and San Francisco had such diverse views of the world, leading to a real clash of ideas this season among the interviewees, more so than in past seasons…”

more.

November 2nd, 2013
thesmithian
…the United States has large-scale changes in the composition of our population and we need to take them seriously to address the problems of segregation.
November 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

…the majestic draw of [the Caymans]…is starting to be [touched] by social and political tensions and threats to its tax haven status…[the] destination attracts a…broad demographic of residents. It is this which may…have caused a widening cultural and generational gap…

more.

October 24th, 2013
thesmithian

'…there’s a sense of “I have a story to tell” or “I would like to see my story reflected” somewhere, especially in a nation that’s more and more demographically diverse.'

more from Soledad O’Brien, here.

October 17th, 2013
thesmithian

…problem isn’t that there’s a black President; it’s that the country’s changed in ways that made Obama’s election possible.

more.

September 18th, 2013
thesmithian

'group dynamic is…the most under-examined but important element of what it means when we cry “bro,” and why it’s become a way of describing cultures more than individuals. It is also why the bro presents such a vexing diversity conundrum. Because he’s used to enjoying a certain amount of financial and cultural privilege, he takes up a lot of space. A small cluster of bros at the top of the corporate ladder can make the entire business feel pretty unwelcoming to those who don’t share their demographic, even if women and people of color are proportionately represented on the rungs below…'

more.

August 13th, 2013
thesmithian

"You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially. The girl next door, the cool blonde, is a very easy access point, and it’s relatable for a lot of audiences and a lot of networks looking for a certain demographic. It’s useful."

more, plus an audio interview with Jenji Kohan, showrunner for Orange Is the New Black

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