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Imaginary bombs

“I saw two aeroplanes dropping bombs over our preschool,” Jessie told me. “No planes have dropped bombs over Bergen since grandma was a baby,” I said. “That only happens in wartime, and luckily there haven’t been wars here for a very long […]

Microtargeting potential voters in a political campaign

I’m reading fascinating – and scary – stories about how political campaigns today use microtargeting to send prospective voters exactly the right information and advertisements to sway them. For instance, a Slate article from back in February about “Narwhal”, the Democrats’ data […]

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Strikes, conflicts and academia

This morning I dropped my two-year-old and four-year-old off at preschool for the first time after a thirteen day strike. What a relief. I adore my children, but figuring out childcare from day to day, canceling meetings, trying to work at home, […]