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A few weeks ago I was working on the same project out in California, in San Jose and Stockton, working with a colleague and a videographer. But this trip was solo. I was writing the protocol, planning the day, button-holing the subjects, working the camera and mic, conducting the interviews, interpreting and processing the results.
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It's tiring work, but it's anthropology and it's fascinating. (Unfortunately, it was also raining much of Saturday and Sunday and I'd caught a miserable head cold from Nico.)
It's been a tough project, full of cul de sacs and plenty of ideas that seemed promising, but wouldn't pan out.
Ultimately, it turns out that we're all used to talking about the topic within the frame of corruption and the hijacking of our democracy by the wealthy and powerful. This elicits an appropriate anger from people, but it also elicits negativity and hopelessness. And that was the wall that we had come up against.
And suddenly campaign finance reform is a common sense solution to a coherent problem. And you have a completely different conversation.
Memorial Day shook off it's rainy morning and I cleared my head as best I could. I pestered the shoppers at the plaza and the hip outposts of Westport, and hit I the cookouts in the Mexican and Black neighborhoods eastwards.
And I assembled my video evidence that we have a better way to engage people on how to deal with money in politics.