This page contains several references, cited in my papers, that are
especially useful re the Internet, out-of-print, or difficult to locate
on-line. And also
a reference copy of the excellent annotated bibliography of Harold Lasswell's
work prepared by Rodney Muth et al., and published in 1990 by
New Haven Press and Kluwer Academic Publishers. And misc. items.
Harold D. Lasswell: An Annotated Bibliography
- Front Material
- Harold Dwight Lasswell: A Biographical
Profile, pp. 1-48
- Works, 1920s and 1930s, pp. 49-88
- Works, 1940s, pp. 89-127
- Works, 1950s, pp. 127-167
- Works, 1960s, pp. 167-220
- Works, 1970s, pp. 220-267
- Works, 1980s, plus undated, forthcoming, &
unpublished, pp. 267-310
- Index, pp. 311-373
Papers - Communication Technology & Projects
- "Executive Summary" from Telegeography 2001,
Telegeography, Inc. (2000).
- "Overview" from International
Bandwidth 2000, Telegeography, Inc. (2000).
- "What is the Internet
(and What Makes it Work) by Robert E. Kahn and Vinton G. Cerf. (1999).
- Wall Street Journal article of 12/3/99 announcing the new global purchasing cooperatives
to reduce costs and operate $300 billion+/year of sales for the international automobile industry. Illustrates the
current availability of the on-line technology for global purchasing cooperatives, managed via a Web-site, for basic Internet
equipment and communication services and for
health, education, and science in UDCs. [See our initial briefing in 1997 to the World Bank's Global Knowledge Management working group,
"Overview: A Purchasing Cooperative for Health, Science, and Education for UDCs"
cited on the home page.]
- "The Orbiting Internet: Fiber in the Sky", by John Montgomery, Byte, November, 1997.
- "How the Internet Will Replace Broadcasting" by Edumund X. DeJesus. Byte, February, 1996.
- Excerpts from a business plan for a Science and Engineering Television Network developed by Gary Welz
with support from the Sloan Foundation. See also the advertising revenue estimates in our working
paper on income-producing options (cited on the home page).
- www.comfm.com, an international guide to on-line radio, television, and webcam
broadcasting on the Internet. See also www.broadcast.com, a leading commercial
Webcaster in the US and www.researchchannel.com a (still, largely domestic)
non-profit startup for a research channel among major US universities that provides a range of options, from low bandwidth Internet to high definition television.
- Letter from Richard Atkinson of March 20, 1996 withdrawing
the UC system from further efforts (supported by his predecessor, Jack
Peltason) to renew ideological testing. As the letter indicates, it was circulated widely
in the UC system. His "social scientists should accept their place" stance was background
to his selection as Director of the behavioral science and public policy work at
the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (DBASSE)- a post which he still holds in
- A cover letter (2004) and documents concerning the public
reputation and background of
Torrey - whose views of disruptive social science
researchers appear to be "make them shut up." The two Washington Post stories
describe a lawsuit against Mrs. Torrey, who reportedly signed false documents and
tried to fire a subordinate (a young,
29-year-old GS-11 woman analyst) who had been told to shut up and not answer press inquiries about
the government's unclassified estimates of casualties in the first US-Iraq war. The
suit against Mrs. Torrey was supported by the American Civil
Liberties Union, Covington & Burling, and the American Statistical Association's Committee on
Scientific Freedom and Human Rights. Against the background of this behavior and public reputation,
Mrs. Torrey was selected by Dr. Bruce Alberts et al. to supervise the social science staff and
projects at the NRC in the 1990s and the early years of this decade. (An odd choice, unless
one wanted to have
a chilling effect.)
- Letter from Angela Phillips Diaz of October 26, 1995
summarizing the decision of
the President's Committee
of Advisers on Science and Technology not
to renew progress in empirically-based v. belief-based social and economic policy.
- Letter to Duncan Luce of July 31, 1992 exploring
alternatives to the impasse and suggesting only a low probability that
John Ferejohn would be sent to the guillotine if he
directed a Michelson-Morley project for the National Academy. Suggested
the possibility of ". . .a nightmare scenario. Perhaps, all along,
leaders and the public have truly wanted the best forthright, honest, and
of our best scientists." And that a politically-neutered National Academy of
Sciences was unworthy of free men
- Letter to Duncan Luce of June 2, 1992
suggesting that it is in everybody's interest to know how the economy operates.
And noting $400+ billion annual deficits and urging a cost-benefit
analysis of continued silence.
- Letter from R. Duncan Luce of May 14, 1992 claiming that political
would continue to block any scientific recommendation by the National Academy of
Sciences to test (fairly) the empirical assumptions of Reaganomics & the political Right.
- Two statisticians were traveling in an airplane from LA to New York. About an hour
into the flight, the pilot announces that they have lost an engine, but don't worry, there are
three left. However, instead of 5 hours it will take 7 hours to get to New York. A little
later, he announced that a second engine failed, and they still had two left, but it would
take 10 hours to get to New York. Somewhat later, the pilot again came on the intercom
and announced that a third engine had died. Never fear, he said, because the plane
could fly on a single engine. However, it would now take 18 hours to get to New York. At
this point, the first statistician turns to the second statistician and says, "Gee, I donít like the look of those numbers.
If that fourth engine goes, we could be up here forever!Ē
- The most famous cartoon from the early years of the Internet:
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