On the suggestion of bookofjoe, I just went and checked out how many people are receiving the feed of this blog: 228.
I’m not sure if that’s large or small, but I know bunches of academics whose research has never been cited by a single person. For a lot of them, peer review means looked over by two referees and an editor.
Silver is the exception in Hollywood. He may not be conservative or a staunch Bush supporter, but he has been outspoken with his view that a lot of what passes for deep thinking in the legacy media is little better dangerous platitudes amplified in an echo chamber.
He opened by explaining that Chris Matthews behavior about Myanmar tipped him over the edge, and tossed off this pithy quote:
Why does he only play Hardball with views he despises and play hearts with those who agree with him?
I highly recommend his real options classroom simulation (available on his home page) - it puts the students in the position of movie moguls who have to choose which screenplays to produce or option for sequels before they know how they do at the box office. I reviewed it here on vX a few years ago.
FWIW: Pat Larkin was a Ph.D. student when I was on the faculty at the University of New Orleans. He certainly did one semester of macro with me, maybe two, before heading off into finance. He recently got tenure at Fayetteville State.
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