The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence

A few days ago I wrote about a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect. According to Wikipedia, the Streisand Effect is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware that some information is being kept from them, they are significantly more motivated to access and spread that information. After that post, my wife told … Continue reading The Bradley Effect and the Spiral of Silence

This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like

The Wall Street Journal had a wonderful article today (written by Clare Ansberry) about two next-door neighbors in Pittsburgh who are on opposing sides when it comes to the upcoming Presidential election but still remain the best of friends. It is one of the most uplifting stories I have read in the paper in a … Continue reading This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like

I Knew This Guy Before He Made It to the Big Screen

I've often wondered what it would be like to know someone who was in the movies, and now I finally do. And I have to admit, it's kind of cool. We just watched An American Pickle, which stars Seth Rogen as a Jewish immigrant who gets preserved in a vat of pickles and wakes up 100 years … Continue reading I Knew This Guy Before He Made It to the Big Screen

Hopefully, You Know Your Next Door Neighbor. But Do You Know Your Number Neighbor?

Known as the number neighbor or text door challenge, the way it works is that phone users just text the phone number that is the same as their number, except the last digit is either one number higher or lower. The original texter is then supposed to post screenshots of the resulting conversations on Twitter. … Continue reading Hopefully, You Know Your Next Door Neighbor. But Do You Know Your Number Neighbor?