New Theme

OK, so maybe not “The Change We Need.” But I thought why not shake it up a little here at thinkPOP. Take a look and let me know what you think of the new theme….comments welcome.

A Note on Comments

 

Here at thinkPOP we believe in open discussion of the day’s issues, politics, policy, and pop culture. In fact, we’re dedicated to fostering it. Our comment boards are extremely inclusive, in fact we enjoy comments in disagreement more that comments of agreement. If you make a comment on a post of ours here on thinkPOP it will most likely get approved. There are but a few exceptions. 

1. Foul Language-its a family friendly blog here, folks. While we all slip into the occasional “@#($&$!!!” but we need to keep it clean for the kids.

2. Over the top, direct attacks of people, no matter how public a person they may be. I have called the occasional columnist a Pinhead (Kristol, I’m looking at you), but I have also seen the comment boards on Politico.com and what passes for opinion is nothing more than vitriol. I don’t need chum in the water. If you have serious misgivings about Sarah Palin, let us know, if you wouldn’t trust Hillary Clinton with a lawn dart much less a nuclear weapon, we want to hear about it. But please keep your more personal and disgusting remarks for these and all politicians to yourselves. 

3. NO SPAM, should be an obvious one. Hey if you read something on thinkPOP and post a response on your blog, definitely post a link, I wanna go see. If you are “from ethiopia” and “require just one dollar and my ATM card number to start your dream business.” Take a hike. 

Simple. Effective. These are the “rules” here on thinkPOP. As this post will go the way of the of all ephermal blog posts…it will also be found HERE on our comment policy page.

 

Twitterific!

I know some of you are just desperate for more commentary on the worlds of policy, politics, and pop culture….well its time for the gift that keeps on giving…I’m on twitter. Interested…check me out…

twitter.com/jamesbedell

How I got started blogging

In an effort to embed myself further into the blogosphere, I’m writing in response to a post I found, looking for the story of how I began blogging. ThinkPop is a relatively new blog. I started it about a month ago, however, its a rebirth of sorts of a blog I started about year ago called Policythought. Policythought was an effort to elevate policy about politics and debate issues. I consistently found myself debating my friends about policy positions but always wanted to expand that conversation to wider audience. All too often I think the Internet is being utilized as a place to share ideas, more as an echo chamber. And so, I was quickly joined by a few friends to start building the debate. 

Recently, I decided to rebrand a bit and expand to Policy, Politics, and Pop Culture. Why? Because increasingly its hard to separate out the popular culture from the politics and then from the policies. They are distinct, but often the lines are blurry. It’s also a way of expanding the scope of our readership beyond policy wonks. We hope its working…if our hit counter is any indication. Then it already is.

Welcome to ThinkPOP

Hello all!

I’m really excited to introduce thinkPOP!

For those of you wondering what thinkPOP is and what it will soon be, let me attempt to shed some light…

ThinkPOP is something of a reboot of my previous blog, policythought. Policythought had a mission, to delve into policy matters over politics. Myself and my stellar team of collaborators were to examine issues relating to real policy not the day to day nonsense of Washington. Over time we began to realize that it was impossible to talk policy without talking about the culture, particularly the media culture that influences all of us.

Then as the primaries came upon us we realized something, politics drives our decision making in this culture and how politicians navigate the waters of our media and popular culture dictates what policies they might be able to enact.

Over the seemingly never ending primary season it became clear that our policy, our politics, and our popular culture are interwoven too tightly to extricate one from the others. We took a little time off reconstituted our team, created a new URL with a fabulous new host and now we are thinkPOP, policy, politics and pop culture.

In the coming days and weeks you’ll see a bevy of new content from our dedicated team here at the thinkPOP.

We’ve examine the daily headlines analyze policy issues, dissect the campaign, and comment on pop culture. ThinkPOP is also meant to be a place for discussion and comments from our readers. As such, we encourage you to visit often and comment on what you read, hear, and see here on thinkPOP.