Office Hours with Karpf and Loge – Strategic political communication hot takes with footnotes.
Professors Karpf and Loge teach strategic communication in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Karpf is the author of several books on digital politics and once sort of accidentally made Bret Stephens cry. Loge has spent 30 years working in politics and strategic communication and is unreasonably proud of getting a 10/10 on RoomRater.
Karpf and Loge talk about responding to the Supreme Court probably overturning Roe v. Wade and America’s political trailer park of doom. Plus Loge urges journalists to ignore the squirrels, and Karpf mocks Loge for still having an AOL account.
Footnotes – Links to some of what we referenced in the podcast, and to other readings our listeners might find interesting.
Liberate Abortion has links to ways to promote and protect women’s rights locally and nationally.
The Stanford Social Innovation Review has a terrific piece worth checking out – How Should the Social Sector Respond to an Abortion Upheaval?
Decoding Abortion Rhetoric by Celeste Condit is an important scholarly work on abortion politics. Her work is worth checking out in general.
Advice for advocates
Give people specific ways to help, and ask what now, what next, what then. On Medium (because Karpf shamed me about my own blog).
The Myth of the Silent Majority – Americans have learned the wrong lessons about the political consequences of protest by Daniel Q. Gillian. His book The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy is also terrific.
Why Civil Resistance Works: The strategic logic of non-violent protest by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan makes a compelling case for the power of non-violent protest. A shorter version from International Security is here.
For those tired of living in America’s political trailer park of doom, here are homes for sale along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The politics might be terrible, but the views are lovely and the wine is very good.
The grift that keeps on grifting
One way Republicans are raising money off overturning Roe is below (click below to see full sized). Message: Overturning Roe threatens the right to life, click to sign the petition. The petition is a request for money that turns into an automatic recurring donation, you have to opt out of automatically giving money every month rather than opting in.
Karpf and Loge talk about Earth Day and the challenges of climate messaging, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis jacking up property taxes so he can get on TV by picking a fight with a pretend mouse. Plus Karpf thinks more politicians will try to score points by attacking children and that Democrats should play offense in the “culture wars,” and Loge talks FCC and FTC confirmation votes while working in several gratuitous references to a Joy Division – Teletubbies video. Links supporting their hot takes (plus some bonus links!) are below.
Bonus Earth Day links
Climate Denialism is the Worst. Doomism Isn’t the Alternative
Americans are more divided – and care less – about climate than people in other countries are
Yale Climate project on climate communication
The Senate confirmations of Alvaro Bedoya to the FTC and Gigi Sohn to the FCC are in trouble.
Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow plays offense in the “culture wars”
How should the Democrats talk about inflation and the economy? Does it even matter? Plus Karpf talks about the history of the digital future and Loge warns about 66 million year old spores from space that will kill us all. Watch on YouTube and listen on your favorite podcast platform.
Footnotes – Some of the sources we referenced in the discussion
Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
The Music Man – Right Here in River City
Can Three New Words Save the Democrats from Disaster? (spoiler: no)
Cook Political Report – 2022 House Overview: Still a GOP Advantage, but Redistricting Looks Like a Wash
FiveThirtyEight – Why The President’s Party Almost Always Has A Bad Midterm
Vox – The presidential penalty
John Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse – Stealth Democracy
Daniel Kahneman – Thinking Fast and Slow
The New York Times – Shards of Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs May Have Been Found in Fossil Site
The communications around the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Karpf both warns about the “shadow docket” and makes a play for a mattress sponsor, and Loge mourns the passing of the inventor of the GIF and the person who brought the TRS-80 to market. Watch on YouTube and listen of your favorite podcast platform.
Footnotes – Some of the sources we referenced in the discussion.
The Pew Research Center on public opinion of the Supreme Court
Professor Rachel Shelden in the Washington Post – “The Supreme Court used to be openly political“
Ilya Shapiro for the Cato Institute – “Just Accept It: The Supreme Court Has Always Been Political “
Robert Dahl “The Concept of Power“
Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent in the Washington Post – “The Supreme Court isn’t bothering to hide its designs on our democracy” (discusses the “shadow docket”)
SCOTUS Blog forum on “the shadow docket“
Dave and Peter: The US Senate will confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to the US Supreme Court.
Dave: The story over the next two weeks will be the economy.
Peter: The US men’s national team will qualify for the World Cup.
Footnotes – Some of the sources we referenced in the discussion.
New Yorker review of Philip Tetlock’s Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? “Human beings who spend their lives studying the state of the world, in other words, are poorer forecasters than dart-throwing monkeys…”
“Snazzy solidarity: is celebrity and fashion support for Ukraine crass?” The Guardian
Stealth Democracy by John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
Counties that went for Trump in 2016 had lower levels of mask wearing – National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
The shifting politics of mask mandates – The Washington Post
Axios-Ipsos poll: Media habits defined the COVID culture war, Axios – “By the end of last month, just 16% of those who said they get most of their news from Fox or other conservative outlets still said they trust the CDC, compared to 77% of those who favor network news and major national newspapers and 87% of those who primarily watch CNN or MSNBC.”
In two weeks there will be a new phase in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine