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At last, the media are the good guys

Andrew Sullivan rounds up a few good takes firing back at Ferguson prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s griping about the media. Journalists — and people on social media — are imperfect. But when someone in power starts griping about their watchdog power, … Continue reading

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Title IX and the Virginia rape shocker

Title IX is an important law, but a rewrite is long overdue: The question I have been asked a hundred times since the Rolling Stone piece appeared is: How is it possible that a crime as serious as an aggravated, … Continue reading

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No, moving from NBC to Netflix is NOT good news for all of us

Splitsider, my go-to comedy blog, indirectly shows how fragmented our viewing habits are. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a show I’ve been anticipating for a while. It’s from Tina Fey (good), it’s about a women who leaves a cult and tries … Continue reading

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How not to respond to just criticism, Pointergate edition

A grumpy old cop upset that the Minneapolis mayor is holding cops accountable griped to a gullible reporter that the mayor was “flashing a gang sign” when she pointed to a guy helping her on a charitable endeavor. MPR News … Continue reading

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Conscious Capitalism: An antidote for cynicism?

I saw a few books on “Conscious Capitalism” at The Container Store yesterday, in a display next to works by like-minded CEOs. Call me naive, but I was thrilled to see it. I’m under no illusion that such movements attract … Continue reading

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Positivism and objectivity (or, data and calling b.s.)

I somehow stumbled into a long think piece about the inadequacies of “Big Data,” which includes everything from FiveThirtyEight to, somehow, dating sites. Echoing Jay Rosen’s work on the futility of a purely “objective” view, it’s called “View from Nowhere.” … Continue reading

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The brilliant Jan Hooks

Before Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon smashed the “boys’ club” image¬†on¬†Saturday Night Live, Jan Hooks lit up the stage in the fondly remembered Carvey-Hartman years. As a fellow Georgian, I always appreciated her country/Southern characters — … Continue reading

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