Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GamerGate

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Sexist Temper Tantrum

“There’s a toxicity within gaming culture, and also in tech culture, that drives this misogynist hatred, this reactionary backlash against women who have anything to say, especially those who have critiques or who are feminists. There’s this huge drive to silence us, and if they can’t silence us, they try to discredit us in an effort to push us out. But something about this recent, really intense backlash has gotten the attention of a lot of people who were on the fence about whether the harassment of women was actually an issue. . . . 

“GamerGate is really a sexist temper tantrum. That’s kind of a silly, funny way of putting it, but it’s kind of what it feels like, right? They’re going after and targeting women who are trying to make changes in the industry. They’re attacking anyone who supports women.” 

—Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist pop culture critic who canceled a Utah State University appearance in October after death threats, in Sean T. Collinss “Anita Sarkeesian on GamerGate: ‘We Have a Problem and We're Going to Fix This,’” Rolling Stone, Oct. 17, 2014 

Editorial Comment: Well, I guess they’re attacking me now.


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October Afternoon in Paradise




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Monday, October 20, 2014

Contagion

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Duck and Cover

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/10/17/syracuse-university-disinvites-washington-post-photographer-3-weeks-after-he-returned-from-liberia/
“It’s a disappointment to me. I’m pissed off and embarrassed and completely weirded out that a journalism institution that should be seeking out facts and details is basically pandering to hysteria. . . . 

The most disappointing part of this bad decision is the disservice to the fine journalism students at Syracuse’s Newhouse School. What a missed opportunity to teach future media professionals how to seek out accurate hard facts; backed up with full details about the Ebola crisis. I guess it is easier to pull the hysteria and xenophobia cards.

—Michel du Cille, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, “Syracuse University disinvites Washington Post photographer because he was in Liberia 3 weeks ago,” Washington Post, Oct. 17, 2014 Image: Michel du Cille from his September Liberia trip/Washington Post

Editorial Comment: Another teachable moment.


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Rock Pile











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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ernie Pyle

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Typo
“BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ernie Pyle will be remembered by many as one of America's great war correspondents. And, thanks to a new sculpture outside Indiana University's Media School building in Bloomington, a bronzed Pyle now may be remembered for sporting a patch on his arm with the word ‘correspondent’ misspelled. . . . 

“‘Ernie Pyle would have been amused by the misspelling,’ [observed] Owen V. Johnson, an associate professor at IU who specializes in Pyle’s letters. ‘He never had a sense of self-importance. He probably would have invited [sculptor] Tuck Langland to join him for a drink and then written a humorous column about the whole thing.’” 

—Michael Anthony Adams, reporter, “University statue of famed journalist has typo,” The Indianapolis Star, Oct. 16, 2014 Image: Indiana University journalism department chair Bonnie Brownlee checks Ernie Pyle for typos. Sculptor Tuck Langland is at right.

Editorial Comment: Get me the copy desk!


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Fall Squashes







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Thursday, October 16, 2014

On Campus

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Today’s Lesson

“An email to Utah State University threatened "the deadliest school shooting in American history" if the school did not cancel a lecture by a well-known feminist writer and video game critic Anita Sarkeesian.” —Salt Lake Tribune


Logan—Utah State University students protested the cancellation of a feminist video game critic’s speech Wednesday. But they don’t blame video blogger Anita Sarkeesian for bowing out.

Instead, they criticized the anonymous emailer who threatened their campus with mayhem.

“This is an academic institution,” said biology student Geoff Smith. “Without a free exchange of ideas, we don’t have anything. So for that to be silenced or quashed or anything like that, it’s wrong."

—Benjamin Wood, reporter, “USU students, faculty protest terrorist threats against critic of video games,” The Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 15, 2014 
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Editorial Comment: A teachable moment as vile threats wake up a university.

Backgrounder:
• “Terror threat against feminist Anita Sarkeesian at USU,” The Ogden Standard Examiner
“FBI hunts emailer who made death threat against USU speaker,” Salt Lake Tribune
• “Anita Sarkeesian cancels Utah State speech after mass-shooting threat,” LA Times


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Mill Creek











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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dog’s Life

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Dear Millie . . .


“Most of the writers I know work every day, in obscurity and close to poverty, trying to say one thing well and true. Day in, day out, they labor to find their voice, to learn their trade, to understand nuance and pace. And then, facing a sea of rejections, they hear about something like Barbara Bush’s dog getting a book deal.” 

—Timothy Egan, journalist and award-winning writer, 2008




Editorial Comment: Hey, kibbles don’t grow on trees.

See ‘Millie’s Book’ Sends Bushes’ Income Soaring,” LATimes, 1992




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Fang is not amused








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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mad

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Not Funny
“Journalists expressed concern that, rather than being treated as essential checks on government and partners in ensuring a healthy democratic debate, they may be viewed as suspect for doing their jobs. One prominent journalist summed up what many seemed to be feeling: ‘I don’t want the government to force me to act like a spy. I’m not a spy; I’m a journalist.’” 

—Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union report, “With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy,” July 2014 


Editorial Comment: What, me worry?


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Harbor Fogrise









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Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Discoveries

(WORDmeister NOTE: Strictly speaking, this quote doesn’t have anything to do with journalism. On the other hand, Columbus didn’t have anything to do with discovering America, either. I’ll owe you one.)


“1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”


—Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), author, from Breakfast of Champions


Editorial Comment: Better Homeland Security screening measures were needed.

Related:  
Seattle Swaps Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” NPR
“Instead of Columbus Day, some communities celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” CNN
Stephen Colbert digs into the ‘white Christian establishment’ and its defense of Columbus Day,” Salon.com

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Morning Walk







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Friday, October 10, 2014

Take a Hike

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Perambulations

“Perhaps the most profound relationship between walking, thinking, and writing reveals itself at the end of a stroll, back at the desk. There, it becomes apparent that writing and walking are extremely similar feats, equal parts physical and mental. . . . Walking organizes the world around us; writing organizes our thoughts.”

—Ferris Jabr, writer, “Why Walking Helps Us Think,” The New Yorker, September 2014 

Editorial Comment: Funny. My managing editor said the first step was to apply butt to chair.


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Yesterday Evening








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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Cavalry’s Coming

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Barbara

“It was lonely and it was painful. At one point I was on the air with a male partner who really didn’t want me on and made things quite difficult for me, but what saved me — two things that I think: one was letters from other women saying, ‘We’re going through the same thing,’ in whatever field they were in, in whatever job they had, and ‘hang in there.’ And I knew I had their support. And the other thing was a telegram, believe it or not, that said, ‘Don’t let the bastards get you down,’ and it was signed John Wayne. And I felt the cavalry was coming! So it was a difficult time, but if it helped other women — and maybe it did — then it’s a legacy I’m extremely proud of.” 

—Barbara Walters, first woman network news anchor, at the end of a 53-year TV career, “Bye-Bye to Barbara Walters: A Long ‘View’ of a Stories Career,” National Public Radio, May 2014

Editorial Comment: “And then came ‘The View.’

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Buoys











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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ebola Hype

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Take a Breath
 
“I wish everyone could take a deep breath and take a break from trying to pull viewers in by scaring them and that’s what we’re seeing here. It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better. They should do their homework, and they should report in a responsible manner. Unfortunately it’s a very competitive business we’re in, and there is a perception that by hyping up this threat, you draw people’s attention. That’s a shame to even say that and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism.”

“It’s offensive on several levels and reflects a level of ignorance which we should not allow in our media.”

—Miles O’Brien, PBS science correspondent,PBS correspondent slams Fox News’ fear-based coverage of Ebola,” Salon.com, Oct. 6, 2014

Editorial Comment: “Borders” on irresponsibility?


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College Cove











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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tarheel

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The Jobs Picture


“‘Weve frankly got enough psychologists and sociologists and political science majors and journalists. With all due respect to journalism, we’ve got enough. We have way too many,’ McCrory said . . . . He said we have too many lawyers too, adding that some mechanics are making more than lawyers.
 
“‘And journalists, did I say journalists?’

“‘People who can fix things and operate things and repair things, I’m envious of. That is a talent that is so valuable at this point in time. And there’s a shortage of people in those fields right now.’”

—North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, in Katie Arcieri’sGov. McCrory: We need fewer lawyers, fewer journalists and more truck drivers,” TriAdBizBlog, Sept. 25, 2014 

Editorial Comment: More politicians who can fix things and operate things, please.


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Sidewalk Pastels on the Plaza















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Monday, October 6, 2014

American Education

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Fat, Dumb and Happy


“Silly sensitivity has displaced intellectual honesty in American education. We’ve produced a generation with no sense of national identity and little connection to the nation’s collective memory. In the process, we’ve traded life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for fat, dumb and happy.” 

—Kathleen Parker, syndicated columnist, “Yo, George, Wassup? 2007 Image: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post


Editorial Comment: Works for me. Pass the pork rinds.

Related News Note: Students, teachers protest as Jefferson County, Colorado, school officials propose sanitized history curriculum to “promote citizenship.”

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Goodies from Feisty Dog Orchard











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Friday, October 3, 2014

Twinkies & Tabloids

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G.I.G.O.*


Food for the mind is like food for the body: the inputs are never the same as the outputs.” 

—Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), sociologist












Editorial Comment: *Garbage in, garbage out. I recommend more whole fibers. You can trust me. I’m a doctor.



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Fog Games





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