C4SS Media Coordinator Update, 06/03/11

Dear C4SS Supporters,

Every time we have a long holiday weekend in America, I anticipate a drop in media “pickups.” Usually that turns out to be correct. Local papers like to run local reminiscences and “human interest” stories, not “over the transom” op-eds, at holiday times. For some reason, global “pickups” seem to also drop off, even when the holiday in question is US-only. This week was no exception — but we did get four “pickups” that I’ve found so far this week:

Every few weeks I also like to reduce my submissions velocity a little, on the theory that “familiarity breeds invisibility.” Papers which ignore our stuff when they’re seeing it every day or every other day for a long time may take more notice of it if it shows up a little less frequently.

As it happens, this was a perfect week for that, being a business day shorter than usual in the US, and based on when C4SS content actually became available for me to submit. I made a total of 7,456 submissions to 2,819 publications this week.

We’re making our presence felt in other media too, of course:

This week C4SS Advisory Panel member Gary Chartier turned up as the topic of the Ludwig von Mises Institute’s podcast series, “The Libertarian Tradition,” narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.

Cataloging ultra-prolific Advisory Panel member Sheldon Richman’s published writings would probably be a full-time job in itself, but I’ll mention one that seems particularly pertinent to the Center’s approach: “Slave Labor and Intellectual Property” in the Foundation for Economic Education’s The Freeman.

As media coordinator at the Center, I try to keep my eye on the “mainstream” ball, but the news in “movement media” is just too encouraging not to mention. In particular, discussions at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and the United Kingdom’s Libertarian Alliance have recently seriously addressed “left-libertarian” ideas of the sort which are increasingly identified with the Center’s writers. By “addressed” I do not mean to imply “endorsed,” of course, but the fact of the discussions themselves is quite encouraging.

Some random blogospheric sightings of the Center: Bleeding Heart Libertarians, Golden State Liberty, and The Home Page of J. Orlin Grabbe.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Media Coordinator
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