Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Of interest

Who would like to bring up the next new topic of interest. Since it is generally the same folks always commenting and posting, what will it take to get the other folks involved?


At March 07, 2006 8:41 AM, Blogger Chris said...

People respond to incentives, right? So...maybe Travis could put something together us. Since we got the whole "pagan" control of money thing going on at NCSU (if you attended the reading group, you would understand), it is difficult to set up additional incentives beyond "good feelings" from voluntary contributions and perhaps a mug or two.

At March 07, 2006 8:43 AM, Blogger Chris said...

So a topic...what about the SD abortion thing or the new HBO "Big Love" show on polygamy.

Umm... war, politics, economics, ethics.

What about the use of law in society?

At March 07, 2006 9:29 AM, Blogger Chris said...

For those folks interested in international politics and economics:

Russia, Barter, and Argentina.

At March 07, 2006 2:19 PM, Blogger Travis said...

Are you talking about compensating people for posting on the blog?

I think compensation comes in a few different forms, none of which directly include cash:

1) Writing experience.
Nothing beats practice, especially at the college level. If you've taken all the grammar and style classes you're going to take, it's time to put those skills to use. Blogging has especially helped me manage the (usually scattered) ideas that hit me from time to time.

2) Name recognition.
Assuming that the people who will vote in this Spring's elections for SPEL officers read this blog, posting here is a good way to boost your recognition. If you're thinking about running for office, don't let elections be the first time people hear about you.

3) Enjoyment.
This third form of compensation is why I do it. I think it's fun.

At March 07, 2006 2:40 PM, Blogger Travis said...

I think the link Chris wanted was:

At March 07, 2006 10:13 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Yeah, sorry about that -- it's on the www.econlib.org main page.

At March 12, 2006 7:18 PM, Blogger Chris said...

What about the Minimum Wage vs. Living Wage. That would be a good one!

Lots of people believe in one or the other and are also utterly confused by the whole topic and what it actually entails as a policy initiative.

I think it would be interesting...


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