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They have been out and in in under minutes—that’s how they obtained away with hundreds of thousands. And in the course of their reign, no financial institution robbers have been extra feared (though they by no means fired their weapons) nor extra pursued or extra mythologized than the Stopwatch Gang. The contributors themselves have been immediately out of vital casting: Lionel Wright, a meticulous introvert who may well disappear in a room packed with humans; Paddy Mitchell, a captivating and well-connected criminal who observed an perspective in every thing and might visit any lengths to prevent the hell of being locked away; and Stephen Reid, a fearless aspect guy who might locate the weak spot in any procedure and whose story—of habit and descent into crime, of redemption and literary fame—was all prelude to a sad yet life-saving fall from grace.

In The existence and occasions of the Stopwatch Gang, Josh Dean reconstructs the Gang’s glory days and divulges how the true tale, pieced jointly via months of analysis and reporting so much prominently with Reid himself, as he involves the top, at age sixty four, of his ultimate days within the custody of the state—is extra impressive than the parable that has lengthy been advised.

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In 'The Role of Intelligence/ Innis highlighted the pitfalls faced by the modern social scientist. He warned that participation in government or business seriously impaired the social scientist's judgment and ability to achieve truth and objectivity. In pursuing vested interests in outside projects, Innis argued that social scientists developed a bias because external endeavours limited the range of their thought and understanding to the short-term interests of government policy or business planning.

The print industry, along with newer, electronic communications media, imposed on an unsuspecting population a rigid understanding of the world by making available limited information. Science and technology, Innis added, not only improved the speed with which information was disseminated, but also selected the type of information distributed. 'Mechanized knowledge/ in the Innisian lexicon, referred to standardized world-views and the inability to escape a media-induced distortion of reality. It meant, in essence, an absence of liberty to develop independent assessments of one's environment.

But the nature of the reform movement was beginning to change. 27 Social scientists worked within the universities and professional organizations to change the nature of the reform movement so that the views of experts (the social scientists themselves) became increasingly important. Through their growing participation in the urban and other reform movements, they asserted the predominance of expert analysis and affirmed at the same time their own social importance. Their message was clear: while the amateur had little place in the serious business of social analysis, the expert had become indispensable to the age of transformation.

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