articles of interest - Oct 16


When Does a Sexual Advance Amount to Sexual Harassment? An Attorney Explains  Hollywood Reporter

Students storm a professor’s class at Columbia to protest the university’s handling of rape cases  Inside Higher Ed

#MeToo made the scale of sexual abuse go viral. But is it asking too much of survivors?  Washington Post


11 Optical Illusions Found in Visual Design  Prototypr

Art About Racism: Closed to the Public  Inside Higher Ed

Christie’s Unveils a Lost Leonardo da Vinci in New York  Vogue

Two new studies paint an intriguing picture about the payoff of arts training  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How Futura Became The Most Ripped-Off Typeface In History  Fast Co.


Hear Bob Dylan's Lost Gospel Masterpiece 'Making a Liar Out of Me'  Rolling Stone

Hear 1,500+ Genres of Music, All Mapped Out on an Insanely Thorough Interactive Graph  Open Culture

A billionaire’s quirky quest to create a mecca for Bob Dylan fans. In Tulsa, Oklahoma  The Washington Post


The History of Film Censorship  The FIRE


The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms  ICFJ

The Journalism of Why: How we struggle to answer the hardest question  Poynter

Donald Trump just issued a direct threat to the free and independent media (opinion)  CNN

GOP lawmaker drafts bill requiring journalists to register with police  The Hill

Tips for Data Journalism in the Shadow of an Overbroad Anti-Hacking Law  ACLU

10 Journalism Tips That Never Go Out of Style (video)  YouTube

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist  The Guardian

Not a revolution (yet): Data journalism hasn’t changed that much in 4 years, a new paper finds  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


Is Brand Journalism Just for Big Businesses?  Business2Business

The New York Times posts social media guidelines online for their newsroom accounts  Talking New Media


Twitter Bots Are Trying To Influence You. These Six Charts Show You How To Spot One  BuzzFeed News

These two studies found that correcting misperceptions works. But it’s not magic  Poynter

Facebook Says Its Fake News Label Helps Reduce The Spread Of A Fake Story By 80%  BuzzFeed News

Researchers developing a platform to detect image manipulation  Rochester Institute of Technology


Living purely in opposition to something, rather than for something, hollows you out inside  Becoming (my blog)

The flaws a Nobel Prize-winning economist wants you to know about yourself  Quartz


An argument over the evolution of language, with high stakes  Economist

On Dictionary Day, a tribute to books that offer the last word on language  Poynter


Mississippi School District pulls ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ from its Curriculum over Language  Sun-Herald

To Read This Experimental Edition of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, You'll Need to Add Heat to the PagesOpen Culture


Why Photography Can’t Get Woke  Bloomberg

Women still earn a lot less than men, despite decades of equal-pay laws. Why?  Economist

ASNE's latest diversity survey shows some progress, but newsrooms are still mostly white and male  Poynter


Students Divided on Free Speech  Inside Higher Ed

Hecklers shout down California attorney general and Assembly majority leader at Whittier College  Washington Post

Why Are Millennials Wary of Freedom? (opinion)  New York Times


When is a Facebook ‘like’ a crime?  Washington Post

Does the Internet Archive Need the Copyright Rhetoric to Be Useful?  Illusion of More

Supreme Court Turns Away Challenge To Google's Trademark  Media Post

Microsoft’s fight with the feds over foreign servers is headed to Supreme Court  The Verge

Benching NFL players for protesting during the anthem would be illegal (opinion)  Vox

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Turns 20  Media Law Monitor


Tech has made life better, say 42% of Americans  Pew Research Center

Social bots as a threat to democracy  BoingBoing


The 1st demonstration of the ability of quantum machines to outperform classical computers could be just months way  Technology Review

Silicon Valley analytic experts on the sort of classes undergrads should take to prepare for data science careers  Datanami

Intelligence leaders caution that AI cannot and should not replace the role of the human analyst  Fed Tech Magazine

The hardware needs of AI and the hardware needs of traditional software development are diverging in a big way  EE Journal

Machine learning demo with your webcam and GIFs  Flowing Data


Snapchat is getting closer and closer to being a truly useful app with Context Cards  Quartz

What Facebook Did to American Democracy  The Atlantic

The New York Times Issues Social Media Guidelines for the Newsroom  New York Times

Nearly half of U.S. teens prefer Snapchat over other social media  Recode


What do you need to know before creating a podcast?  Better News

Deepgram opens up its machine transcription platform to everyone  Tech Crunch


Africa's "reverse missionaries" are trying to bring Christianity back to the United Kingdom  Quartz

Hell House: The evangelism strategy that aims to scare people into heaven  Christianity Today

How a growing Christian movement is seeking to change America  The Conversation

Just What Is the Museum of the Bible Trying to Do?  Politico

Sneak peek: DC's huge new Museum of the Bible includes lots of tech — but not a lot of Jesus  Washington Post

Female church executive named lead pastor of Willow Creek  Chicago Tribune

A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral  Pew Research

Church denies First Communion to fashion-loving girl because she wanted to wear a suit Washington Post


Why evangelicals love Trump  Politico

Trump, unlikely religious favorite, hails Christian values  Washington Post

Donald Trump and the Dawn of the Evangelical-Nationalist Alliance  Politico


Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts calls data on partisan gerrymandering “sociological gobbledygook”  Inside Higher Ed

First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society  MIT Technology Review


This Company Is Trying To Disrupt The Braces Industry And Dentists Are Fighting Back  BuzzFeed


NASA's visitor center offers a video game filled with bad facts and grammar errors  The Verge


Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices  Medium

Find Out Which Cognitive Biases Alter Your Perspective  Life Hacker


Lessons on Productivity  Chronicle of Higher Ed


I have a message for you (12 minute documentary)  New York Times

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci  The New Yorker


ResearchGate has reportedly started to take down large numbers of research papers  Inside Higher Ed

Automated software saves researchers valuable hours: Online tools are lightening the load for authors and journal editors  Nature Index

China’s festering problem of systemic research fraud  New York Times

Transparent peer review  Nature Index

A study examines 70 years of engineering retractions, finding the main reason for retraction was unethical conduct  Taylor & Francis Online

New web services are helping authors make data-driven decisions when choosing which journal to submit to  The London School of Economics & Political Science

It is time to restore Rules for Authorship of scientific publications  Wiley Online Library

The Facebooking of Scholarly Research  Scholarly Kitchen


Florida governor declares state of emergency in advance of Richard Spencer event: The white nationalist leader plans to speak at the University of Florida on Thursday  Miami Herald


They Once Cheated in Class. Now They Teach  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens  Business Insider


Student art exhibit at Penn prompts fierce debate over suicide  Inside Higher Ed

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?  New York Times

Research says college students no more narcissistic than previous generations at that age  Inside Higher Ed

University student charters planes to bring supplies to Puerto Rico  WTAE

America’s top universities deny students fair hearings  The FIRE


How to cover free speech issues on university campuses  Student Press Law Center


You Probably Need a Public Portfolio Even If You're Not a Freelancer or a "Creative"  Life Hacker


Living in Opposition

I've never been around an activist group that didn't turn into an endless series of petty purity tests. I was raised in a church where everyone was looking for more and more inconsequential things to judge each other by..  The natural evolution is toward tighter and tighter criteria for what behavior gets you shunned from the group. The end result is that the central cause can be as pure as the driven snow, and yet the tone will get more and more toxic over time, the members becoming less and less charitable with each other.

You hear experts talk about how extremists get "radicalized." But it really isn't a mystery, and we all form less-murderous versions of this. All it takes is a closed like-minded social circle in which it's considered unacceptable to disagree with the group, and then devote that group to hating something. It doesn't even matter if the thing truly deserves hating -- it still turns toxic. In fact, it works better if it does. "How can you criticize any flaw in our group's behavior when the other side is Nazis! That's literally saying that both sides are the same! The mere existence of pure evil on the other side mathematically means our side is pure good!"

At that point, no criticism is possible and there is nothing to moderate the rage. The rhetoric ratchets higher and higher as each member tries to top each other (to prove their own righteousness by demonstrating they hate the target most), and there is no method for reining it in. Anyone from the inside who takes a moderate tone can be shouted down with accusations of being an enemy sympathizer.

Living purely in opposition to something, rather than for something, hollows you out inside. To be a whole human being, you have to spend your life building something good. 

David Wong writing for Cracked

The decision that most affects your happiness

There are two premises that lead Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, to believe personal company is the most important factor for long-term satisfaction.

The first is that decision-making is tiring. A great deal of research has found that humans have a limited amount of mental energy to devote to making choices. Picking our clothes, where to eat, what to eat when we get there, what music to listen to, whether it should actually be a podcast, and what to do in our free time all demand our brains to exert that energy on a daily basis.

The second premise is that humans falsely believe they are in full control of their happiness by making those choices. So long as we make the right choices, the thinking goes, we'll put ourselves on a path toward life satisfaction.

Cerf rejects that idea. The truth is, decision-making is fraught with biases that cloud our judgment. People misremember bad experiences as good, and vice versa; they let their emotions turn a rational choice into an irrational one; and they use social cues, even subconsciously, to make choices they'd otherwise avoid.

But as Cerf tells his students, that last factor can be harnessed for good.

His neuroscience research has found that when two people are in each other's company, their brain waves will begin to look nearly identical. 

"This means the people you hang out with actually have an impact on your engagement with reality beyond what you can explain. And one of the effects is you become alike."

From those two premises, Cerf's conclusion is that if people want to maximize happiness and minimize stress, they should build a life that requires fewer decisions by surrounding themselves with people who embody the traits they prefer. Over time, they'll naturally pick up those desirable attitudes and behaviors. At the same time, they can avoid the mentally taxing low-level decisions that sap the energy needed for higher-stakes decisions.

Chris Weller writing in Business Insider

articles of interest - Oct 9


Algorithms have already gone rogue  Wired

Does the new theory “information bottleneck” crack open the black box of deep neural networks?  Wired


Local Media Consortium to partner with Facebook-owned  CrowdTangle

How to use Tweetdeck and advanced search to make Twitter useful again Poynter

Survey: Facebook (FB) is the big tech company that people trust least  Quartz

Key trends in social and digital news media  Pew Research Center

9 ways to make your dog famous on Instagram  Hapers Bazaar

Meet the millennials who are making a living from livestreaming  The Guardian

Snapchat to launch augmented reality art platform  TechCrunch


The Three Fundamental Moments of Podcasts' Crazy Rise  Wired

How to Make Short-Form Videos as Tutorials, and Why You Might Want To  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Rethinking audio editing on mobile  Medium

The state of podcasting in five charts  Digiday

Podcasts, Smart Speakers Lead the Way at Next Radio  Radio World

Try This: Podcasting made audio great again. It could be even better. Two tools to help  Poynter

The Boom In Political Podcasting  NPR


The rise of virtual reality journalism  Columbia Journalism Review

Day One takeaways from ONA-17  Medium

Day Two: Following the Future of Journalism with #ONA17  MediaShift

ProPublica’s New Project to Work With Local Newsrooms  ProPublica

Our addiction to links is making good journalism harder to read  The Coffeelicious

Beyond 800 words: new digital story formats for news  BBC

How J-Schools Are Adding Social Media, Curation, Analytics to Editing Classes  Media Shift


Los Angeles Times Newsroom, Challenging Tronc, Goes Public With Union Push  New York Times

A course in freelancing? Yes, and not only that, it's a master's degree  Poynter


The science behind why fake news is so hard to wipe out  Vox

Facebook tries fighting fake news with publisher info button on links  TechCrunch


Google's New Live-Translating Earbuds Look Absolutely Incredible  Digg

A “right to repair” movement tools up From tractors to smartphones, mending things is getting ever harder  Economist

Inside Apple’s Quest To Transform Photography  BuzzFeed News

Video Games for people with disabilities  Economist

Who’s afraid of disruption?  Economist


To take a step without feet  Becoming (my blog)

How We Make Up Our Minds  The New York Times


The Rise of the Restrictive Comma  Chronicle of Higher Ed


The weekly routine of writer Ann Friedman Extraordinary Routines  Extraordinary Routines 


Two new slang words that show the effects of electronically mediated communication on our speech  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature  NPR

Jill Bialosky Says Plagiarism Claims ‘Should Not Distract’ From Her Poetry Memoir  New York Times

Austenistan: Jane Austen’s books are remarkably relevant to women in Pakistan today  1843 Magazine

Students, teachers ponder literature in an age of technology  Meridian Star


Jeff Sessions Just Reversed A Policy That Protects Transgender Workers From Discrimination  BuzzFeed News

To Keep a Campaign Pledge Pleased his Conservative Christian Supporters, Trump Eviscerates Requirements that Employers cover Women’s birth Control  Reuters

Financial Firm Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Will Pay $5 Million for Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities  Adweek


Free Speech Advocate Silenced: An ACLU official was the latest to be blocked from speaking on campus  Inside Higher Ed

College students and the First Amendment: What the right doesn’t want you to know  Salon

Blocking a President From Talking: University of Oregon is third institution in two weeks where speakers have had talks disrupted  Inside Higher Ed


The defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing an unverified intelligence dossier on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election National Law Journal

NYPD officer: Former tennis star James Blake defamed me as ‘a racist and a goon’  Washington Post

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate  Times Higher Ed

In Comic-Con Dispute, Appeals Court Wants to Hear More About Judge's Gag Order  Hollywood Reporter

Authenticity more than any other quality was flagged as a key to success by 22 litigators  National Law Journal

U.S. Government, Hollywood Studios Weigh in on Dispute Exploring Reach of U.S. Copyright Law  Hollywood Reporter

Hyperlinking to Sources Can Help Defeat Defamation Claims–Adelson v. Harris  Eric Goldman


How digital devices challenge the nature of ownership and threaten property rights in the digital age  Economist

Despite massive hack, Equifax wins IRS contract for fraud-detection  The Verge


An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?  Venture Beat

Key facts about government-favored religion around the world Pew Research Center

Sessions outlines broad exemptions for religious freedom  Politico

Princeton Student Group Excises 'Evangelical From Name Due to Negative Perceptions  Washington Free Beacon

The Satanic Temple Wins Appeal in Missouri Abortion Case  Patheos

Christian radio host Delilah trusting God as she loses her second child to a suicide  Christianity Today

Religion on the College Campus  First Things


This music production tool is the reason why all new music sounds the same  Quartz

Language of Hip Hop  The Pudding


Honest Trailers creator suspended over accusations of sexual harassment and assault  AV Club

Men, women and films: How pronounced is the gender divide on the silver screen?  1843 Magazine


USC medical school dean out amid revelations of sexual harassment claim, $135,000 settlement with researcher  LA Times

Some colleges opt to outsource Title IX investigations, hearings  Inside Higher Ed


With The Swab Of A Cheek, This Company Knows When You're Likely To Die  Forbes

Is there a doctor in my pocket? we are on the verge of a transformation in health care that will render visiting the doctor a thing of the past  1843 Magazine

Human Brain Has A Direct Link To The Immune System After All  NPR


Children have got much better at a famous psychological test  Economist

My Depression Is Like Having A Bad Dog  BuzzFeed News


How Stress Can Change Your Brain: An Animated Introduction  Open Culture

Understanding the Influential MindScientific American  Scientific American


Is It Ethical to Visit a Country With Human Rights Violations?  CN Traveler

Ethics of Internet research trigger scrutiny: Concern over the use of public data spurs guideline update  Nature


How philosophy can solve your midlife crisis


Productive on six hours of sleep? You’re deluding yourself, expert says  Chicago Tribune


Stalin’s famine, a war on Ukraine  Economist


The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider  People

America's Political Divide Intensified During Trump's First Year As President  The Atlantic


The Big Bang Theory recap: 'The Retraction Reaction  Entertainment Weekly

What separates a predatory publisher from a legitimate science publisher?  PLOS

Research papers are becoming less readable  Chemistry World

The scientist who spots fake videos: “I’ve seen the technology get good enough that I’m now very concerned”   Nature

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate  Times Higher Ed

The benefits and drawbacks of letting reviewers identify themselves to the authors of the paper under review  PLOS


How Technology Is Transforming the Way We Teach and Learn  Singularity Hub

Hate fliers have appeared on hundreds of campuses, largely due to the efforts of groups looking to make recruiting inroads  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Tennessee congressmen support end of DACA after Christian colleges ask President Trump to keep it   The Stampede (Milligan College student newspaper)

Nondenominational Christian University Closing  Inside Higher Ed

How to prepare students for the rigors of higher education: The 2017-2018 Bilingual Christian College Guide  Christianity Today

Puerto Rico's plight has Olivet Nazarene University student worried  Daily Journal


Instructors, Did You Ever Cheat When You Were a Student?  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Professors are the new therapists  Slate


5 Tips for Feeling Organized in College  Study Breaks

Students Are Demanding More Help With Mental Health And Say Universities Aren’t Keeping Up  BuzzFeed News

Ex-student sues Montana State University alleging Disabilities Act violations  Bozeman Daily Chronicle

What everyone gets wrong about 'millennial snowflakes'  BBC

Video shows white California Baptist student throwing beer on black men for kneeling during national anthem  The Tab


Student government and college paper in Pennsylvania clash over publishing budget  SPLC

Young Sheldon sends student newspaper editor into an existential death spiral AV Club

To Take a Step Without Feet

This is Love: to fly toward a secret sky,
To cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet;
to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast.

My soul, where does this breathing arise?
How does this beating heart exist?
Bird of the soul, speak in your own words,
and I will understand.

The heart replied: I was in the workplace
the day this house of water and clay was fired.
I was already fleeing that created house,
even as it was being created.
When I could no longer resist, I was dragged down,
and my features were molded from a handful of earth.


Policing people’s grammar online is never really about grammar

One of the many unexpected side effects of the internet is that it’s shown us just how many people appear to lose the capacity for emotional self-regulation when confronted with a misused semicolon. Scroll through the comments section of any publication or simply sign on to Twitter, and you’ll find plenty of examples of people who treat typos and grammatical errors not just as ordinary mistakes, but as a kind of moral offense.

When a grammar stickler obsesses over the proper placement of an apostrophe in a Facebook status or a blog post, they’re not engaging with the actual content. How many times have we seen an online commenter whose only remark on a post about the author’s struggles with body image is “It’s their not there,” or a Twitter acquaintance who proudly screenshots a typo in a New York Times article on science education? The instinct to publicly criticize and police linguistic errors is also a way to avoid wading into the muck of other people’s thoughts and feelings, and redirect the conversation back toward oneself.

Because young or poor or immigrant populations are often among those who may not conform to traditional English grammar and spelling and punctuation usage, focusing on linguistic deviations can reinforce the barriers of privilege.

Sarah Todd writing in Quartz

articles of interest - Oct 2


The Coming Software Apocalypse  (check the comments section)  The Atlantic

Cloud platforms are offering machine learning users alternatives to open source tools: the advantages and cautions   Search Business Analytics

Microsoft launches new Machine Learning tools for developers all related to the Azure Machine  Tech Crunch


Ready Or Not, Twitter Is Doubling A Tweet's Character Limit To 280  NPR

Twitter Wipes Hundreds of Russian Operative Accounts  Geek

Russian-Linked Election Ads Highlight Scope Of Facebook's Power  NPR

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?  New York Mag

Russia Continues To Use Social Media To Influence Public Opinion In The U.S. NPR

Facebook is hiring another 1,000 people to review and remove ads  Recode


Google turns 19: Here are 19 random facts about the search engine giant  Recode

The ‘Google Trick’ to Get Around Paywalls Is Getting Shut Down  New York Mag


Apple says iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 do not contain FM radio chips or antennas, in response to FCC request  9 to 5 Mac

The Coming Software Apocalypse  The Atlantic

The internet isn’t forever. Is there an effective way to preserve great online interactives and news apps?  Harvard's Nieman Lab


The US remains an easy mark for drug dealers, terrorists and others who prize anonymity when registering aircraft or getting licensed to fly  Boston Globe

The Equifax Hack Has the Hallmarks of State-Sponsored Pros  Bloomberg

Most Americans think the government could be monitoring their phone calls and emails  Pew Research


As crisis unfolds in Puerto Rico, journalists help connect familiesColumbia Journalism Review

Where we are on getting people to pay for online news  Harvard's Nieman Lab

Tension between Trump and the media? That’s nothing compared to journalism’s worst crisis (opinion)  Washington Post


Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here's why.  Poynter

The secret cost of pivoting to video  Columbia Journalism Review

The Design of Newspapers: Why The News Industry is Changing  Medium


Paul Horner, Fake News Purveyor Who Claimed Credit For Trump's Win, Found Dead At 38  NPR

Facebook and Google’s algorithms prioritized fake news in the wake of Las Vegas shooting  Mic


The power of the comma: The punctuation mark most likely to start fights between grammar gurus  The Economist


The World According to Dan Brown  New York Times

Writing Well about Terrible People


Johns Hopkins University eliminates Russian Major  Inside Higher Ed


The state of women in computer science: An investigative report  Tech Republic

Saudi Arabia To End Ban On Women Driving  NPR

Cute Outfits and the Academic Career  Chronicle of Higher Ed

This Is the Job Where Women Make the Most Compared to Men  Fortune

Trump’s White House Froze an Equal pay Rule Women are fighting to Save  Washington Post


White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners  Vox

Air Force Academy Leader Responds To Racial Slurs On Campus  NPR

Hispanic dropout rate hits new low, college enrollment at new high  Pew Research


Sessions’ Justice Dept. Will Weigh In on Free-Speech Cases. What Should Campuses Expect?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Berkeley’s Leader Saw Hints That ‘Free Speech Week’ Was a Stunt. Here’s Why She Planned for It Anyway.  Chronicle of Higher ED


Seven legal questions about Trump deleting his tweets  Columbia Journalism Review

Appeals court sides with Texas cheerleaders who sued to display Bible verses at football gamesDallas News

Professor used historical imagery of a strike being put down violently in criticizing Colorado State’s move to lay off employees. University then blocked him from using his university email account.  Inside Higher Ed

Mississippi restaurant sued after Christian waitress is allegedly fired for wearing a skirt to work  Washington Post


Tenn. church suspect's car had note referencing retaliation for Dylann Roof's Charleston attack  ABC News

500 Years After Martin Luther, Does The Protestant Reformation Still Matter? (opinion)  The Daily Beast

The Justice Department is intervening in a case at Georgia Gwinnett College involving a student’s claim that he was prevented from religious proselytizing on campus.  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Fired by ESPN for a racist headline, he’s finding his second chance as a Catholic priest  Washington Post


Evangelicals urge more action from Trump against 'alt-right'  CNN

Roy Moore, Christian theocrat  Vox

A short history of Roy Moore’s controversial interpretations of the Bible  Washington Post


An SNL skit for designers  YouTube

Ethics For Design

Online Design: Nested Symbols & Auto-Updating Styleguides

Naked Mona Lisa By Da Vinci, Discovered In France, Is Rocking The Art World Forbes

A Five Minutes Guide to Better Typography  Pierrick Calvez


3 myths about streaming... and 3 truths about the music industry today Music Business Worldwide

Streaming has pushed Latin music into the mainstream  The Economist


The Meteoric rise of a new Way of Watching Media in America Changes how we Monetize its Consumption   Broadcasting & Cable

5 Branded Videos That Reached Over 100,000 Likes  Video Strategist


The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science  The Guardian  

Cancer Warnings on Coffee May Be Coming to California  Food & Wine

Pain Cream Invented, But Untested  NPR

Nobel Prize In Medicine Is Awarded To 3 Americans  NPR


Hip-hop star creates GoFundMe page to prove to him that the world is, in fact, curved  Gizmodo

Why We Find And Expose Bad Science  Medium

Wikipedia shapes language in science papers  Nature


The Cause Of Your Worst Mistakes? A Psychological Gremlin You've Never Heard Of  Forbes

The Sorrow and the Shame of the Accidental Killer: How do you live after unintentionally causing a death?  The New Yorker

Psychology beats business training when it comes to entrepreneurship  The Economist


Yes, your kid will do something with that philosophy degree after all  Washington Post


Huge volumes of data make real-time insurance a possibility  The Economist


How Every NFL Team’s Fans Lean Politically  FiveThirtyEight


Tom Cruise's 'American Made' just latest case of film recasting history  Union-Tribune


Scientists gave kids real guns for an experiment. Now ethicists are weighing in Mic

Ethical investment is booming. But what is it?  The Economist


An Ivy League Prof Tries To Do Damage Control For His Bogus Food Science  BuzzFeed News

As research and editorial processes become increasingly open, scientists and editors need to be proactive but also alert to risks  Nature


Social proof is a much more effective persuasion technique than purely evidence-based proof    Becoming (my blog)

This gene explains why some people crave adventure more than others  Mashable


154 incidents of hate speech and violence at more than 120 campuses nationwide  BuzzFeed News

How Artificial Intelligence Is Disrupting the Education Industry  Huffington Post

White nationalist fliers removed from University of Tennessee campus  Knox News

The Rural Higher-Education Crisis: When it comes to college enrollment, students in Middle America—many of them white—face an uphill battle against economic and cultural deterrents.  The Atlantic

For-profit University of Phoenix Phasing Out 20 Campuses  Phoenix NewTimes

Assessment Competitors LiveText and Taskstream Merge  Inside Higher Ed

DeVos assailed by protesters at college campuses in Boston, Washington  Washington Post

How Schools Got into the Job-Prep Business  Jstor

Colorado Christian University orders student athletes to stand for national anthem  Denver Post

At Christian Colleges, Theology Can Complicate Sexual-Assault Prevention  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Christian college Won’t Play Opponents Who Kneel During National Anthem  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Amid Professors’ ‘Doom-and-Gloom Talk,’ Humanities Ph.D. Applications Drop   Chronicle of Higher Ed


Using Digital Archives to Teach Data Set Creation and Visualization Design Chronicle of Higher Ed

AAU reports on efforts to improve science teaching at research universities  Inside Higher Ed


Colleges Recruit a New Kind of Athlete: Video Gamers  Fortune

Study found that 17 percent of high school kids surveyed knew somebody living in an unstable housing situation, usually couch surfing  Mercury News

Assortative mating: People tend to marry spouses with similar levels of education  The Economist

The Keg in the Frat House  New York Times

Where Students Get Valued Advice on What to Study in College  Gallup

80 Evergreen State College Students Are Penalized for Protests  Chronicle of Higher Ed


DeVos Should Want to Educate Men About Rape  New York Times

An Overview of Congress’ Pending Legislation on Sex Trafficking  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


Why Ph.D.s in the natural sciences and engineering leave academe  Inside Higher Ed

Sociology professor arrested for assaulting student  The Tab

Research suggests students are biased against female lecturers  The Economist

One-third of Ph.D.s lose interest in academic careers, but not for lack of jobs  Cornell

CUNY Lecturer Charged With Running Fake Health Certificate Program  New York Times

Former Montana State professor sues for wrongful termination  Bozeman Daily Chronicle


USC faculty member detained by police after reporting an active shooter on campus. There wasn’t one  Washington Post

Social Proof

We constantly compare our actions and beliefs to those of our peers, and then alter them to fit in. This means that if our social group believes something, we are more likely to follow the herd.

This effect of social influence on behaviour was nicely demonstrated back in 1961 by the street corner experiment. The experiment was simple (and fun) enough for you to replicate. Just pick a busy street corner and stare at the sky for 60 seconds.

Most likely very few folks will stop and check what you are looking at – in this situation Milgram found that about 4% of the passersby joined in. Now get some friends to join you with your lofty observations. As the group grows, more and more strangers will stop and stare aloft. By the time the group has grown to 15 sky gazers, about 40% of the by-passers will have stopped and craned their necks along with you. You have almost certainly seen the same effect in action at markets where you find yourself drawn to the stand with the crowd around it.

The principle applies just as powerfully to ideas. If more people believe a piece of information, then we are more likely to accept it as true. And so if, via our social group, we are overly exposed to a particular idea then it becomes embedded in our world view. In short social proof is a much more effective persuasion technique than purely evidence-based proof, which is of course why this sort of proof is so popular in advertising (“80% of mums agree”).

Mark Lorch writing in Business Insider

articles of interest - Sept. 25


 How Baby Boomers Use Social Media  Daily Infographic

Facebook adds human reviewers after 'Jew haters' ad scandal  BBC News

What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative  ProPublica

WhatsApp gets blocked behind China's 'Great Firewall,' joining Facebook and Instagram  Mashable


Digital Tools Available Now to Add Power and Simplify Every Journalist’s Job  Editor and Publisher

10 Photoshop editing skills every photographer should know  Tech Radar

A Deep Data Dive into the Power of Branded Video  Video Strategist


Google's Inbox and Gmail finally turn addresses and phone numbers into interactive links  Tech Republic


Core local TV broadcast advertising dollars could be in for a tough stretch in the next few years, as digital media dollars continue to climb  Media Post


The future of news is humans talking to machines  Nieman Lab

Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest  St. Louis Today

Twitter dustups are a reminder: Journalists, you are what you tweet  Poynter

Turkey’s purge of 'dissent' is destroying press freedom  Huck Mag

The Media Has A Probability Problem  FiveThirtyEight

Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health  The Carter Center   

Out of ‘Spotlight,’ the movie, comes the Spotlight Fellowship  Boston Globe

“Humiliating”: A deeply inaccurate book review has set off much consternation, and soul-searching at the New York Times  Vanity Fair


Broadcaster opts to hire local reporters over parachute coverage  Columbia Journalism Review

Fort Wayne’s News-Sentinel Is Ending Its Print Edition and Moving to Digital  Ad Week


That Hilarious Tweet About an Instructor’s Big Mistake? Almost Certainly Fake  Chronicle of Higher Ed and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World  Wired

Knight's new initiative to counter misinformation includes more than $1.3 million for fact-checking projects  Poynter


Microsoft launches new Machine Learning tools for developers all related to the Azure Machine  TechCrunch

It’s important to be able to separate fact from fiction-Here are eight myths about Big Data & Predictive Analytics  Information Week

Flash technology accelerates predictive analytics software  Search Storage

linguistics is not being applied in the single most important arena that needs it: artificial intelligence  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Machine learning Is making video game characters smarter using procedural rendering  Fast Company

Google’s advice on how publishers can take advantage of machine learning  Google

Apple’s ‘Neural Engine’ infuses the iPhone with AI smarts  Wired

The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success  Forbes


Ben Yagoda applauds the new Chicago Manual of Style's (limited) acceptance of singular they  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Word, Please: Context is key to some editing rules  LA Times


The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly  Medium

Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'  NPR


A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech (opinion)  Washington Post

Views among college students regarding the First Amendment: Results from a new survey  Brookings

Jury to Decide Whether or Not "Comic-Con" Has Become Generic  Hollywood Reporter

Experts Criticize Survey on student Attitudes on First Amendment and violence as “junk science”  Inside Higher Ed

When to pull the FIRE Alarm: Common types of censorship on campus  The FIRE

Shia LaBeouf Says Calling Bartender "Racist" Was Protected Speech  Hollywood Reporter

‘Substantial cost’: University of California foots major security bill for free speech  Washington Post

A Cop With A Tattoo He Swears Isn’t A “Nazi Tattoo” Says A Lot About Police Free Speech  BuzzFeed

The Limits Of Free Speech In Germany  NPR

Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech  PBS Media Shift


Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Gains Support From Law Professors Hollywood Reporter

Federal Judge Rejects Couple’s Argument for Refusing Gay Customers  NBC News

Iowa's Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over $75 Speeding Ticket  NPR

All-Star Concert to End Global Poverty Brings Lawsuit Over Video Footage  Hollywood Reporter

Carter Page, former Trump adviser, suing over Huffington Post, Yahoo News articles  iMediaEthics

Starz Beats 'Power' Copyright Lawsuit  Hollywood Reporter


America’s Shifting Religious Makeup Could Spell Trouble For Both Parties  FiveThirtyEight

Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: Christianity on its knees  The Washington Post

Filipino Megachurch Buys Entire Ghost Town in Connecticut for $1.8 Million  Next Shark

Lawsuit claims a North Texas medical group tried to force staff to be ‘more godly’  Dallas News

More Than Big Hair and Money: Jim, Tammy Faye and the Media “Holy Wars” of the 80s  Religious Dispatches

20% of Americans Are on the Threshold of Religion  Christianity Today

James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez to Star in ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’  Variety


Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress says kneeling NFL players should thank God they're not being shot in the head  Dallas News

Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me  Christianity Today

Erica Lea to Become First Openly LGBTQ Lead Pastor of Mennonite Church USA  Sojourners

Reverend David Mainse 1936-2017  Context

LA pastor detained by ICE since July released from custody  Daily News


Remembering the Influential Life of Rich Mullins  ChristianHeadlines

American Idol winner performs the national anthem with a Bible verse written on her hand  New York Daily News

Christian singer Natalie Grant undergoing thyroid surgery  Daily Herald


Masked gunman rampages through Nashville church; usher uses personal weapon to subdue shooter  Washington Post 

Suicide threat and domestic disputes: Antioch church shooting suspect had history with police  The Tennessean


When AI Design Websites  Wired


Bob Dylan's New Bootleg Series Will Spotlight Gospel Period  Rolling Stone

Hear the Pieces Mozart Composed When He Was Only Five Years Old  Open Culture

Taylor Swift Sued Over "Shake It Off" Lyrics  Hollywood Reporter


Martin Scorsese to Teach His First Online Course on Filmmaking  Open Culture


Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault?  NPR

Ruling in high-profile sexual harassment case suggests that foreign students in online courses have no recourse under Title IX  Inside Higher Ed

Colleges Must not Turn back the Clock on Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault (opinion)  Washington Post

What You Need to Know About the New Guidance on Title IX  Chronicle of Higher Ed

What Does the End of Obama’s Title IX Guidance Mean for Colleges?  Chronicle of Higher Ed


After fatal shooting of a student, experts question why Georgia Tech doesn’t arm its officers with stun guns  Inside Higher Ed

The Campus Police Officer Who Shot And Killed A Student Was "Still Learning" According To His Supervisor   BuzzFeed


Do We Still Value the Dissertation?  The Chronicle of Higher Education  Chronicle of Higher Ed

White, male faculty earn higher salaries than women, minorities at public universities  Journalists Resources

Article on the supposed benefits of Western colonialism has prompted calls for retraction  Inside Higher Ed


The Most Important Rule for Startup Success  Jstor


Brain stimulation partly awakens patient after 15 years in vegetative state  Stat News

Boston scientists test ‘chatbot’ that offers spiritual, emotional guidance to terminally ill  Washington Times


Majority of Americans rely on general outlets for science news but more say specialty sources get the facts right about science

Key takeaways on Americans’ science news habits  Pew Research Center

All people with blue eyes have a common ancestor  Business Insider

Academic Myth Busters Part Two: Four scientific myths that your teachers passed off as true  Study Breaks

California Finally Has an Official State Dinosaur  Atlas Obscura


On Retraction in Philosophy  Digressions & Impressions  

Descartes Is Not Our Father: History tells us he invented modern philosophy. That history is wrong.  New York Times

Intuition: Epistemology   Wireless Philosophy


Liberals fault the economy for the drop in marriage among the less educated, while conservatives blame changing values. Both may be onto something.  New York Times

This Stanford Professor Has a Theory on Why 2017 Is Filled With Jerks  New York Magazine


British Press Watchdog Says Climate Change Article Was Faulty  New York Times

Finding typos in a paper post-publication  Academia Obscura

Do We Need A Self-Citation Index?  The Scholarly Kitchen

Is predatory scientific publishing “becoming an organized industry”?  Physics Today

A Call for Honesty in Christian Scholarship  Patheos


The Education Department Will Allow Two Large For-Profit Colleges To Become Nonprofits  BuzzFeed

Michelle Jones’s story reveals entrenched racism, sexism, and classism among Harvard elites (opinion)  Vox

Student Protestors And Their Faculty Allies At The Evergreen State College Win A Battle But Lose The War  Huffington Post

5 Wheaton College football players face felony charges in hazing incident  Chicago Tribune

Lawyers -- Email of former Baylor president David Garland raises red flags  ESPN  


Survey: Blended Learning on the Rise  Campus Technology

Teaching Online Takes More Time Than in Person  Inside Higher Ed

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program  NPR


University of Louisville pulls funding from student newspaper  Courier-Journal

University of Mississippi Cartoonist harassed by White Supremacists  Cartoonist Rights


Study: teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood  Washington Post

Resources to Take Advantage of Your Senior Year  Study Breaks

Students Have new Ways of Measuring Degrees of Success  Washington Post

UW student creates controversial clothing line  NBC-15


BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship 2018  BuzzFeed

Dow Jones News Fund arranges summer internships