This Week in the News…

Posted: March 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, March 10, Dallas Morning News, News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Economists Call ‘New Economy’ a Myth

“Personal computers and the Internet are improving productivity, but a panel of four Nobel Prize-winning economists threw cold water on the suggestion that technology is yielding some kind of new economy…. ‘Let me add a bit of caution to those who think we have arrived in a new world,’ said James M. Buchanan, professor emeritus at George Mason University. ‘The closest analogy for the Internet today is the automobile in the 1920s.’ And while cars yielded many positive contributions for manufacturing as well as transportation, they didn’t keep the stock market from crashing in 1929.”

Sunday, March 12, Washington Post

Fasten Your Seat Belt and Grab That Barf Bag: TV’s Nose Dive Hasn’t Bottomed Out Yet

“The very forces that [others] have viewed so ominously look positively beautiful to Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University. Cowen argues in his 1998 book, In Praise of Commercial Culture, that capitalism is an engine of artistic achievement and a wellspring of great cultural diversity…. ‘The diversity of modern culture implies that much trash will be produced, providing fodder for pessimism and elitism,’ Cowen wrote recently. ‘We should keep these low-quality outputs in proper perspective and view them as a luxury that only diverse and wealthy societies can afford.'”

Monday, March 13, USA Today

Leading Iranian Reformist Is Seriously Wounded

Shaul Bakhash, a former journalist from Iran who teaches at George Mason University in Virginia, says the motive for the shooting may have been recent revelations in a newspaper published by Hajarian…. ‘It’s bad, but on the other hand, it’s an act of desperation,’ Bakhash says of Sunday’s shooting. ‘It can only do further damage to the rightist cause.'”

Monday, March 13, Newsday

Hired Guns Aim at City: State Forks Big Bucks for Schools-Fund Case

“In a landmark trial about state funding to city schools, New York State has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for courtroom experts whose research is championed by conservative groups seeking to limit immigration, to make English the official U.S. language and to end affirmative action…. Perhaps the most potentially controversial witness is David J. Armor, a research professor at George Mason University in Virginia, whose book, Forced Justice: School Desegregation and the Law, says segregated schools helped build, rather than harm, the self-esteem of black children. Some of the research for Armor’s book was gathered in other cases for Sutherland Asbill. By October, the state had paid Armor about $145,000 in fees, and a legal source said Armor, who has a doctorate from Harvard University, will likely testify that the level of school funding has no impact on student achievement.”

Tuesday, March 14,

Minorities Give Less to Campaigns: The Causes Are Less Well Understood

“‘It’s not about poorer people not giving large amounts; it’s about certain groups of people either not giving money period, or not being asked to give money,’ says researcher Jon Gould, of George Mason University. In the recent California primary, African-Americans made up 6 percent of the vote, while Hispanics accounted for 13 percent. But this study implies that those high numbers mask the smaller role minorities actually have in fueling presidential campaigns. ‘Given that contributions buy access, this raises questions about just how much political influence minorities have,’ says Gould…. Gould says that as individual groups begin gaining political clout, they make their mark first at the voting booth. Contributing to campaigns and in turn, influencing the process of selecting candidates is the next level. So far it hasn’t happened yet, says Gould. ‘It’s not part of their political culture.'”

Wednesday, March 15, Dow Jones News Service

States’ Smokestack Chase Exits to Information Highway

“Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore made every effort during a two-day Global Internet Summit in Northern Virginia to showcase the region as a high-tech haven. The conference featured stars of the new economy giving speeches at a cavernous performance hall at George Mason University, which has touted its efforts to educate high-tech workers. But Gilmore also tried to show how easily companies could get access to federal policy makers 20 miles away in Washington…. The region is ‘well-connected to the federal policy area,’ said Dean Mark Grady of George Mason University’s National Center for Technology and Law, located in a new building in Arlington, Va., just a few miles from the Capitol. The university sponsored the event at its main campus in Fairfax City, which is close to Virginia’s Dulles high-tech corridor.”

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