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Can more invasive social contact by others indicate shrinking boundaries around privacy?

Can more invasive social contact by others indicate shrinking boundaries around our privacy?

It’s nearly 10 p.m., and you’re at home, brushing your teeth. Your iPhone starts screaming. You snap to attention, no thanks to that inherent anxiety that accompanies living as a young single woman in an urban environment. You grudgingly answer the phone, hoping to be greeted by an automated pharmacy reminder’s monotone, and not a friend needing a ride at this time of night. Instead, it’s some dude asking if you’ve heard about Prop Something for the third time and if you have a few minutes to talk. You grit your teeth and try muster up some manners.

Sound like last night? Join the club.
As you all know elections are today, November 6th. While we’re excited to be casting our ballots, we believe we can speak for nearly all in lamenting over the amount of recent “encouragement” we’ve received to cast those votes. Just this week alone, we’ve received half a dozen calls from local campaigns encouraging either a vote for a particular candidate, or a yea or nay on a particular measure (We’re looking at you, “Yes on Prop 32″-ers.) It’s a given that building support through direct contact methods like telephone calls is far from new, but we’d like to make a case for some boundaries around the use of those methods. Call us old-fashioned, but we fondly regard that old (and apparently outdated) custom of refraining from calling a lady after dark.

A political panel at Berkeley isn’t exactly news, but it is when Meghan McCain hits the Bay Area.

Called “Voting Today, Leading tomorrow: Will Young Voters Change America?,” the panel will focus on the longevity and effects of the youth vote. Besides McCain, panelists include Mike Connery, Heather Smith, Randi Zuckerberg and Nicole Lapin.

McCain should be interesting to watch, as she says on Twitter she’s “pretty sure I’m the only red one on the panel or in this city…” But then again, she recently stated that “most of the old school Republicans are scared shitless.”

In the meantime, you can tell her what to do with her day in Berkeley, though it seems hiking up to the big C and painting it red might be out of the question.

What: Voting Today panel
When: The Clique movie download Today at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pauley Ballroom West
Cost: Free
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Image Source: thedayhascome under Creative Commons
“Voting Today, Leading tomorrow: Will Young Voters Change America?” [Insitute of Governmental Studies]

The Name of the Rose dvd

bobAlex Filippenko wins again for being a crazy, awesome dude, the Bear’s Lair prevails as Berkeley’s best bar, and Chez Panisse still owns everyone and their mother. Which of these does not belong?

You’ve voted (or turned up your nose and refused to have anything to do with the process — either way), and the results are out. The Best of Berkeley 2008 results are up, and everything that won really is just a flipflop shuffle from the Units.

But the real upset comes at the bottom of the campus category: the Daily Cal’s own arts editorial staff chose our blogging cohorts at the OTR over yours truly. Shock! Awe! Good on you, OTR. In the meanwhile, we’re just going to be in this here corner dabbing at our jealous tears with a lacy handkerchief.

Best of Berkeley 2008 [Daily Cal]

blancovinkje.pngIn five days, several states will participate in the primary election that could pretty much seal the fates of each presidential hopeful.

California voters will also get a chance to vote on a plethora of propositions–most notably 94, 95, 96, and 97. Try to understand the truth behind this Indian gaming amendment four-pack and you’ll most likely just end up utterly disoriented by the endless, back-to-back propaganda.

Stumped about who and what to vote for? Here are a few tidbits of information that the Clog hopes will spur your decision-making processes, but don’t expect in-depth analysis on each and every ballot item. We’re too cool for that.

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