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de Sola Pool, 1962. Social Research 29(1):127-129

The New Political Science Re-examined: A Symposium--Comment
Ithiel de Sola Pool

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 29, No. 1 (Spring 1962): 127:129

EXCERPT: The primary thesis of Mr. White's paper is an ethical one involving an accusation of moral turpitude. As is usually the case among scholars, the resort to ethical criteria turns out to be an evasion by the accuser of hard questions of fact. Mr. White's thesis is premised by the assertion that various developments in the technologies of public-opinion research, polling, public relations, and the mass media are all tending to reduce the capability of a voter to exercise a rational judgement. He then proceeds to deplore those value-free social scientists who betray their heritage by putting themselves at the service of these developments rather than criticizing them.
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