Public opinion polls have become so ingrained in American politics that we give little thought to whether such polls are actually beneficial to our democracy. More compelling, we think, is the increasing willingness of public opinion pollsters to use their technologies to tell us about our collective attitudes on a wide range of ethical issues: from whether we "favor" stem cell research to our willingness to "agree" with some forms of torture.
When Austin Tracy found out he owed back taxes to the IRS, he took a stand. He refused to pay, on the grounds that as a gay American, he has been denied his rights. Jeanine DeLay and Barton Bund discuss the ethical framework for activism. This political gesture has drawn sharp criticism, but Tracy makes a persuasive case. Join us for a fascinating hour-long interview with the young radical.
Transparency is a phenomenon that we comfortably recall from our elementary school science classes. Why is that? One reason could be that it is easy to understand and to demonstrate: transparent objects are the ones we can see through. Another reason, however, could be that transparency has ethical properties too. If we have the ability to see through something, then we believe we can get a more truthful and non-distorted image or understanding of it.
Visionary graphic artist and former consultant for Design For Democracy, an AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) project to reshape the way we vote. A fascinating discussion of how design affects our daily lives, and how we might redesign our world.