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New York
Favorite Quote:
"Life is too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde
About Me:
After graduating with a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 2004, I earned a Master’s degree at the University of Glasgow. I’ve lived in Boston, Scotland, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Thailand, and South Africa, working and volunteering in a variety of fields. Now I’m back in New York City, excited by the political climate in America and my work with Weoped. And to paraphrase the President of the Hair Club for Men, the great Sy Sperling, I’m not only a Founder of Weoped, I’m also a member.
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Presidential Elections, Climate Change, Civil Liberties, Political Discourse, Barack Obama, Iraq War, Weoped
On Election Day, back in '06, with my car packed full of my wordly possessions, I set out on a seven day drive, from Los Angeles to Boston. I visited friends, met truckers and drug dealers, listened to endless hours of talk radio and audio books, and I brought along a video camera to document it all.

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We Op-Ed Interview: The Next Greatest Generation with Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais

Millennial Makeover book

While attending the 2008 Personal Democracy Forum in NYC the other week, I had the pleasure of listening to an enlightening and motivating talk by Morley Winograd, who along with… Continue

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Internet Generation: How Google Will Turn Us Into Search Engines

We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men

Leaning together

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
- T.S. Elliot

It may seem an odd setting in which to bemoan the wonders of the internet. And it is a wondrous innovation. Never before have we been so close to vast resources of information. We need only to "Google" a topic and within seconds (Google even tells us how long the search has taken) we can pour over endless lines of digitized text, hyperlinked… Continue

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The World, the Media, and US

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography" - Ambrose Bierce

The media has come under criticism this week for their election coverage. Given the fact that major news outlets and networks cover the 2008 Presidential Election ad naseum, one wonders why there isn't more public scrutiny for not for the quality of this coverage, but for the neglect of other issues and… Continue

Posted on June 13, 2008 at 1:05pm — 3 Comments

Remembering Robert Kennedy

Forty years ago today, Senator Robert Kennedy won the California Democratic Primary, which all but secured him his party's nomination in the '68 Presidential Elections. There is much to be remembered about Robert Kennedy and his times -- his insurgent campaign for the presidency, his passionate concern for the underprivileged and forsaken around the world, his long running enmity with President Johnson, and his legacy. You may want to read… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: Matt Taibbi's Deranged America

Matt Taibbi Great Derangement

In his most recent book, The Great Derangement, Rolling Stone's roving observer of American politics, Matt Taibbi, seeks to tie the disparate ends of American political extremism and religious fundamentalism since 2001 while mining for some sign that the tide is curling… Continue

Posted on May 22, 2008 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Comment Wall (43 comments)

At 12:22am on February 28, 2008, Jared Miller said…
Site looks great, brotha. Good to be aboard.
At 10:53am on February 28, 2008, Jonah said…
Site looks great, Krane -- will definitely be posting soon.
At 2:10pm on February 28, 2008, Vincent said…

Very much looking forward to exercising my current events muscles here on this well crafted site. Congratulations - it looks great.

Member #33
At 6:41pm on February 29, 2008, Lara said…
phew...made it! IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!
At 8:03pm on February 29, 2008, Lana said…
Well done Mr. Krane. The site looks great!
At 4:28am on March 4, 2008, hoperunsclara said…
HI! Great to see the site up - it looks awesome!! I've been internet-less for 6 days due to your average East African internet disaster...but I'm back!
At 10:06am on March 5, 2008, Blasco said…
Congrats to be up and running! Geoff has mentioned this mythical site for while and it's nice to see it's real, and really well done!
At 3:03pm on March 14, 2008, Cardinal Wolsey said…
Hey buddy--sorry for rambling quality of first post; blame it on the Maker's Mark. Anyway, I have some truly spooky ideas for the site, which I'll e-mail/call about today or tomorrow.
At 6:40am on March 19, 2008, Paul Davison said…
Cool. Glad to be here. I was on the road on business and wasn't able to catch Obama's speech, but read your article about it and passed it on because I thought it was really well written.
Here is a post I wrote the other day, will put it up on We-Op Ed today: Overcoming Defensiveness: The Hidden Cost of Unnecessary Struggle
At 11:51am on March 31, 2008, John said…
Thanks, your hospitality thus far has been outstanding.

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