Living (and Dying) in Denial

One of the most disturbing moments I have experienced in recent weeks caught me off guard while I was flipping through TV channels one afternoon.   I paused for a moment to watch The Talk because I heard them announce that their guests that day were stars of the popular 80s drama Knots Landing.  As I later […]

Mississippi time machine

Despite having an amazing mustache, Mississippi State House Representative Jeff Smith is an embarrassment to democracy and the law school that gave him a J.D. Rep. Smith and his colleague Rep. Chism have introduced House Bill 490 also known as the Mississippi Balance of Powers Act. This piece of legislation is meant “to clarify the compact entered into between […]

Where did all the big questions go? Or…Why the sociology of technology isn’t and shouldn’t be a thing…

The ghost of “modern technology,” in the form of human-made artifacts and systems of all kinds, has haunted sociology since Weber. Wide-reaching critiques of the mass production technologies that enabled the reproduction of culture were leveled by the Frankfurt School in the 1930s-1940s. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the scathing critiques of Veblen, Ellul, and […]

Swing low Alabama

On most days, I find Alabama to be a pretty nice place to live. The state has a lot of biodiversity, thanks to the extensive waterways throughout the state, and pretty good weather if you don’t mind the heat.  Plus, if you like football and beauty queens there is no better place to be. If you don’t […]

The little acts that couldn’t

The 113th Congress was sworn in a week ago today. The speculation on what they will (or will not) accomplish has been underway since the November votes were tallied. In the spirit of New Year reflections, here is a listicle of my favorite pieces of legislation that died in 112th Congress committees.  (NOTE: I find it very […]