Why you should still call shark attacks shark attacks

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Scientists in Australia and elsewhere want to rebrand what we call it when sharks bite humans. Whether you agree depends on whether you sympathize more with the sharks or the humans. From the Sydney Morning Herald: Authorities in Queensland and NSW [New South Wales] are signalling a shift away from describing encounters between sharks and … Continued

Biden claimed Facebook is killing people. Facebook’s response missed the point.

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On Friday, President Biden said social media platforms including Facebook are “killing people” with misinformation about COVID-19. Facebook’s response: “It’s not us, really.” Facebook’s statement is classic deflection; I’ll deconstruct it for you. On July 15, Vivek Murthy, the US Surgeon General, made a public statement about virus misinformation, which he called “an urgent threat … Continued

How the Boston Globe trolled gay football player Carl Nassib with its choice of photo

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Yesterday, Carl Nassib, defensive lineman for the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, revealed on Instagram that he was gay. Most of the photos in articles about the news were straightforward — but the Boston Globe decided to play some childish subliminal tricks. Nassib’s announcement was historic because he’s the first gay NFL player to come out … Continued

Josh Hawley’s radical manifesto “The Tyranny of Big Tech”

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Missouri Senator Josh Hawley’s book The Tyranny of Big Tech is a diatribe against large tech platforms like Facebook and Google. It’s a remarkably radical, even quasi-Marxist critique for a Republican — one that proposes a series of regulations that would endear him to the most liberal of Democrats. I have problem with both Hawley’s … Continued

I question the ethics of ProPublica purloining rich people’s tax returns

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ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism site, obtained and then published details of the tax returns of billionaires including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and Michael Bloomberg. Their reporting echoed across the internet, but did it really justify stealing people’s private information? “ProPublica has obtained a vast trove of Internal Revenue Service data on the … Continued

Why Trump’s blog failed

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Donald Trump started a Twitter-style blog called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” 30 days ago. Yesterday his team took it down — apparently there was just too little traffic to make it worthwhile, and Trump was disappointed. What went wrong? The correct reason is not “the blog was filled with bombastic and hateful … Continued

How many metaphors fit in one sentence? Concoda tries for the record.

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Concoda writes about finance for 7,700 followers in Substack and Medium. While writing about bubbles piled high, this author piles metaphors even higher. Here’s a tip: if your prose makes people goggle and giggle, you may be undermining your points. Today’s topic is “The Mother Of All Economic Bubbles Is About to Get a Lot … Continued