Opinionomics | 16 April 2012

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring the future of newspapers, education, and Ed Milliband

1. Dependency cultures (Economist | Graphic Detail)

What distinguishes countries with a spiking bond yield from those without? Graphic Detail suggests that it may be proportion of foreign investment. Their chart could do with a few more data points, though…

2. Bryan Caplan’s signaling model and on-line education (Marginal Revolution)

Tyler Cowen applies an interesting (though wonkish) discussion to the topic of online education.

3. The Daily Melody (Economic Principals)

David Warsh looks at the economics of the newspaper industry.

4. Ed Miliband has saved the union link (LabourList)

Mark Ferguson looks at the fallout from Ed Miliband's attempt to take the lead on party funding.

5. Abolish budgets (Stumbling and Mumbling)

Chris Dillow wants to abolish the budget. Go for it!

Newspapers report on the sinking of the Titanic - but can the industry survive today? Credit: Getty

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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Word of the week: Michellania


Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.

Usage: 

"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

Articles to read if you're sick of michellania:

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