I’ve been having a lot of conversations in the last year about the public distrust and sometimes active hatred of the media — at the same time that the New York Times is raking in subscription dollars and every media outlet has an annoying popup nagging me to defend the future of journalism, I keep getting sidelong […]
Journalistic impartiality is a myth and we all know it — so stop acting surprised when the bubble gets popped.
Ferreting out information is a key component of investigative journalism. Where does the line between doxing and journalism in the public interest lie? Is it as bright as some people claim it is?
Not all that long ago, if you wanted to read a magazine or a newspaper, you had to subscribe to it or pay a one-time fee for an issue — the New York Times looks particularly interesting so you grab a copy, you enjoy reading The New Yorker, so you get a subscription. Or you hit up the library, […]
Earlier this year, I plunged deep into the archives of this ain’t livin’ to work on a problem that’s basically perennial on the internet: Links aren’t perennial. Of some 20,000 unique links over 10 years of writing here, nearly half were broken — particularly on the daily link roundups I used to do. Obviously I […]
From 7-18 September, 4,350 athletes from 176 nations will be descending on Rio to compete in one of the most prestigious and grueling sporting events in the world, acting as ambassadors for their countries, getting to match up with some of the best athletes in their respective disciplines, and testing their abilities to the maximum. […]
Periodic dustups over whether the government should continue to provide funding to PBS and NPR are always incredibly frustrating, and not just because public broadcasting provides an important service. People deserve to have access to news and information about events that affect their lives, and in the case of young people, educational programming is particularly […]
Journalism is in a state of constant flux, thanks to the new demands placed on journalists and the environment we work in. We are already living in an era where our work is undervalued, where the budgets for what we do are constantly shrinking, where the world expects impossible things of us and then lashes […]
The United States is a country that hates fat people. It invests untold amounts of dollars in fatphobic hate campaigns targeting the general public, shaming fat people, attempting to institute sin taxes on various ‘bad’ foods, and so much more. When it comes to fat, and bodies, it’s clear that regulatory officials have gone off […]
I was shocked in May of this year when the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photojournalism department at one stroke, effectively putting an end to a long and storied department with a rich and complex culture. Obviously, many of the photographers in the department were more shocked than I was, and the move sparked […]