Last week, in my Writing Across the Media course, I showed a video, produced by The Washington Post, about how sports articles are being written by computer programs. Perhaps you’ve heard of this. The thinking is that many sports news stories are rather formulaic, and so, given the right data, a computer program can [...]
As an object lesson for the Introduction to Media Studies class that I teach, I selected a video news story at random from CNN.com a few weeks ago. I didn’t offer any context for the video besides that I, too, was seeing it for the first time, and that it would be a clip [...]
Since part of my resolution for 2013 is to write every day, it seemed fitting to begin the year by trying to stitch together some disparate things that have been floating around in my brain on the subject of writing, particularly writing on the internet.
When it became clear that blogging was going to be [...]
One of the things that most powerfully affected my point of view as a young adult was discovering how deeply I had been deceived about the motives of various groups outside my religious community, especially “liberal elites,” which included journalists, university professors, scientists, government bureaucrats, all the typical bogeymen of the religious [...]
Sarah Pulliam Bailey has a list of complaints with Ryan Lizza’s buzz-gathering profile of Michele Bachmann in this week’s New Yorker. Overall, the long report is a pretty impressive piece of work that blends colorful campaign diary with a deeper exploration of Bachmann’s political formation and intellectual influences. As usual, [...]
On December 26, the New York Times reported that the end-of-life consultations stripped from the health care law (and infamously dubbed “death panels” by everyone’s favorite Alaskan reality-TV star) are being pushed forward through Medicare regulations:
When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” [...]
Yesterday, we published the first half of our Ten Worst Christian Media Hacks, the Christian commentators whose writing is most likely to waste your time. (Click here to read the introduction and the first part.) Today, we continue with the top of the list—the worst of the worst. Enjoy, and let [...]
Last week, Salon blogger Alex Pareene rocked the media world with The Hack 30, a definitive list of the biggest hacks in political media. Pareene went, above all, after shamelessness: people who consistently write banal, outrageous or flat-out wrong things and somehow retain their seats at the elite media table. They may be [...]
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