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A Critic Finds the Gains [Apollo's] Weren’t Worth the Efforts

December 03, 1972

The most helpful epitaph for Project Apollo might be: This was the last gasp of a technology addicted, public-relations-minded society.

Minerva: An Electronic Town Hall

December 01, 1972

In contemporary modern societies, there are no effective means by which large groups of citizens, whether dispersed across the country or clustered in a single community, can regularly interact among themselves or with their leaders.

Politics: The Great Shaman

November 01, 1972

An anthropologist from the Chukehoe tribe, reporting to his people in the Siberian tundra about American practiccs, probably would describe our shamanism as inferior.

Mugging is Now the Number One Topic

October 12, 1972

I have returned to New York City after five months in Palo Alto, California.

Interpersonal and Structural Factors in the Study of Mental Hospitals

August 01, 1972

Psychiatry, with Robert Zussman, 35, No. 3 (August 1972), pp. 309-312 (Erving Goffman, Relations in Public: Micro-studies of the Public Order).

Redirecting Research Dollars

June 18, 1972

One does not make many friends in the scientific community by urging that less new money be appropriated for basic research and more for its stepchild, applied reasearch.

Human Beings Are Not Very Easy To Change After All

June 03, 1972

A while back there was a severe shortage of electricity in New York City, and Columbia University tried to help out in two ways: A card reading "Save a watt" was placed on everyone's desk and janitors removed some light bulbs from university corridors.

The Woman’s Movement–Tokens vs. Objectives

May 20, 1972

As far as recognition is concerned, Women's Liberation has made it.

Americans Reject Their Constitution: What is to be Done?

May 01, 1972

Large segments of the American people unhesitatingly reject the Constitution of the United States.

The Make Believe War on Pollution

April 19, 1972

I’d like to shift gears and move from consideration of highily technical matters in the area of water quality, control and statistics and look at our efforts at dealing with pollution in general and, to some degree, water pollution from a social science viewpoint.

Research in Teaching Colleges?

April 03, 1972

My being considered for the presidency of a 30,000-student state college cam as no surprise at all as the rate college presidents were resigning for the last two year, anyone who, like myself, had survived as a chairman of a major department at a nationally visible university was almost automatically considered.

Continuity and Discontinuity in the Contemporary Crisis of Meaning

April 01, 1972

At least since Karl Mannheim published his essays on “Diagnosis of Our Time” and “The Crisis in Valuation,”’ it has been recognized that the erosion of legitimation and the loss of meaning are twin sources of Western civilization’s deep crisis.

The Untapped Potential of the Third Sector

April 01, 1972

The philosophy which underlies President Nixon's domestic efforts in his first term in office is now evident.

Cable TV: Instant Shopping or Participatory Technology

December 01, 1971

Cable TV has been in existence for at least two decades.

What Cable TV Could Mean

November 20, 1971

Cable television provides a technology which could radically alter many aspects of our lives.