Having more than 12 million users, Turkey was one of the leading countries in the world connected to Twitter. No more.
Perceiving Twitter as a major platform for protesting his regime, Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the blocking of the site. “Twitter schmitter,” said Erdogan, “we will wipe out all of these. The international community can say this, can say that. I don’t care at all.”
Twitter users in Turkey have divergent styles. Some will generally share news stories, others prefer direct interactive engagement with others. Few, however, use Twitter as a venue to publish their ideas. Instead of interacting, they primarily focus on sharing their story in a series of tweets, often numbered consecutively. Fuat Avni is one of them. Using a pseudonym, Fuat Avni stands out with an important feature that makes him unique: targeting Erdogan by revealing his everyday interactions. Continue reading
I wanted to let people know about a set of Stata resources that a graduate class of mine and I are putting together online: http://jearl.faculty.arizona.edu/node/19. I am teaching a graduate class on data management in Stata (so, no analytical stuff like a regular stats class, but rather how to program in Stata). The website linked above has the topics and readings from my syllabus and then student produced “resources” for the equivalent of each class day. These will continue to be posted across the semester so that someone could potentially use these materials to learn Stata programming where no course exists for them. Or, maybe you just want to brush up on a particular topic (e.g., regular expressions, post, loops) and want some help doing it. Or, maybe you wish your research assistant or students were better programmers and you encourage them to check this out. There are lots of ways to use these resources.
The resources a pretty awesome—my students have been doing an excellent job. There is a great YouTube video, some really great blog entries with examples, etc. If you are interested in brushing up on your Stata skills, check it out. If you wish this was about R, produce some materials and I will add them in. If you know about other cool links for a particular topic, send them my way and I will add them up!
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a Solidarity Sing Along in Madison, Wisconsin. The Sing Along began in March 2011 in protest of Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, Act 10, which (among other controversial provisions) stripped collective bargaining rights from many of Wisconsin’s public sector workers.
Despite the frigid January weather, a group of about thirty singers met outside the state Capitol building. Continue reading