Category Archives: good reads

Fake-news entrepreneur blames his audience, and he’s right

Vital interview here with a modern-day P.T. Barnum: Some of this has to fall on the readers themselves. The consumers of content have to be better at identifying this stuff. We have a whole nation of media-illiterate people. Really, there … Continue reading

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Link Dump, 5-22-16: Emerson/Tufnel, the death of facts

If I shared everything I read, I would have such a high volume of social media output that no one would follow me any more. So, on occasion, I’m going to do what I’m calling “Link Dump.” It’s a potpourri … Continue reading

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Academia getting serious about talking to the rest of us?

At Duke, I wrote a column shredding academic-ese. Maybe I was foreshadowing my USA TODAY career, urging academics to write more concisely. (A poli sci professor read my column and told his class he would shorten the length requirement on … Continue reading

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Sunday reading list: May 17

Sharing links that would otherwise clog up my Facebook feed: – Stress is good for you. I SAID STRESS IS GOOD FOR YOU! – Thou shalt not bear false witness, unless you’re trying to uphold a theocracy. – Our punditocracy (not … Continue reading

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Random reads: Healthy Chipotle, life-crushing Tweets, astrology, creepy houses

“Chipotle unhealthy!” screamed the headlines this week. As Slate points out, that’s wrong. Chipotle simply gives you the option of eating a lot of food. And that’s not an option you have to take. You can go for the bowl instead … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World | Cracked.com

Shared this on Facebook, and I’m sharing it again here because it’s brilliant. 6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World | Cracked.com. Remember when Cracked was just a silly Mad clone? Now its editor writes something that recasts … Continue reading

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100 years ago: Soldiers greet the “enemy”

There’s a half-full and a half-empty way to read the Christmas Truce of 1914. Half-full: Soldiers are capable of retaining their humanity. Half-empty: Why do nations make such fine people kill each other? Another WWI story that supports the mutual … Continue reading

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