Articles of interest - Week of March 12


China’s WeChat Isn’t Just An App—It’s A Cross-Cultural Education  Fast Company

Snap Plans Biggest Round of Layoffs Yet  Cheddar

New study shows a third of millennials are quitting social media  USA Today

Instagram Influencers Are All Starting To Look The Same. Here's Why  HuffPost

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer  The New York Times


The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones  Wired 

How to stop annoying robocalls on your iPhone or Android phone  The Verge


How to shoot the best video on your smartphone  Medium

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks   Pew Research


Reddit and the Struggle to Detoxify the Internet  New Yorker

Washington state has passed laws protecting net neutrality   The Verge

30% of all sites now run on WordPress  The Next Web

The web can be weaponised – and we can't count on big tech to stop it  (Tim Berners-Lee)  The Guardian


Passenger drones are a better kind of flying car  Economist

A Startup is Pitching a Mind-Uploading Service that is 100% Fatal  MIT Technology Review


Google’s free machine learning crash course  Open Culture

Top 5 tech buzzwords of 2018  BBN Times

Leaked NSA tool territorial dispute shows agency's list of enemy hackers   Wired

Blockchian has implications for almost every industry—here are 6 industries already using blockchain to drive business value right now  Tech Republic

Subtle changes to images/text/audio can fool AI systems into perceiving things that aren’t there—and this hallucination problem is proving tough to fix  Wired

Things to know about machine learning: a quick guide  Tech Republic 

Leaked NSA spy tool 'EternalBlue' has become a hacker favorite for exploiting windows.. a likely "go-to tool for attackers for years to come"   Wired

Why one Hadoop user switched from open source to go with a company that provides a higher-service version of the software  Information Week

Curious about chaos engineering? Here's a cheat sheet  Tech Republic


Apple's Swift Programming Language Is Now Top Tier  Wired

Tools I wish I had known about when I started coding  Medium


What happens to billboards and radio when cars drive themselves  Axios

WLUP-FM ‘The Loop’ sold to Christian broadcasting company  Chicago Sun-Times

The Disconnect, a magazine you can only read if you’re offline  The Disconnect

China moves Media Under Cabinet-Level Control  Variety

'Make TV more like digital TV': Networks are removing clutter to improve TV viewing  Digiday

Live sports audiences are getting older  Axios


Reuters is taking a big gamble on AI-supported journalism  Wired

How to read less news but be more informed, according to a futurist  Quartz

Where have all the big, wow-inducing digital stories gone?  Poynter  

Death of investigative journalist sparks mass protests in Slovakia   The Guardian

A bad precedent: Removing news stories from online  Union-Tribune 

Press freedom is waning in Myanmar  Economist

Bob Woodward defends objectivity in journalism: “My job is not to take sides”   Vox


New Media Buys the ‘Austin American-Statesman’  Texas Monthly

Sinclair's new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors  CNN

Facebook aiming to launch News for Watch this summer  Axios


The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News  The Atlantic

We need to get better at covering studies about fake news  Poynter

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News  The Atlantic

When wire services make mistakes, misinformation spreads quickly  Poynter

Why It’s Okay to Call It ‘Fake News’  The Atlantic


The People who can help you see yourself for who you are  Becoming (my blog)

Your coworkers are better at rating some parts of your personality than you are  The Atlantic


Trying to Like ‘Unlike’  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why Do we Love to Complain about Language  The Guardian

14 Grammar Myths You Should Stop Believing  Business Insider


Wrestling With Auto-Correct  The New York Times

Does Alcohol Recovery Kill Great Writing?  The New York Times


Enrollment in Most Foreign-Language Programs Continues to Fall  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Congratulations, everybody: ‘Dumpster fire’ is now a dictionary entry, and here’s why  The Washington Post

The ‘Haves’ and ‘Haven’ts’ of the Past  Chronicle of Higher Ed


British right-wing media mocks "snowflake students" for thinking that Frankenstein's Monster is a sympathetic character  Gizmodo   

Rebels and Rebellion in Classic Chinese Literature  Global Voices

Publishers rejected her, Christians attacked her: The deep faith of 'A Wrinkle in Time' author Madeleine L'Engle  Washington Post

Is literature next in line for virtual-reality treatment?  Economist 


Being Promoted May Double Women's Odds of Getting Divorced  Fortune

Kansas GOP votes to ‘oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity’

Idaho Must Allow Gender Changes on Birth Certificates, Judge Rules  TIME

The status of women of color in the U.S. news media 2018: full report  Women’s Media Center

Harvard University faculty members voted on Tuesday to include penalties for members of single-gender social groups in the student handbook  The Harvard Crimson 

 Survey Finds Many Transgender Teachers Face Discrimination On The Job  NPR 

Five Women  This American Life

Articles on gender bias are funded less often and published in journals with a lower Impact Factor than articles on comparable instances of social discrimination  Scientometrics

Sweden tries to increase gender equality on the web: Together with Wikimedia  Economist

Recognizing and Avoiding Bias  Scholarly Kitchen

Women in majority-male workplaces report higher rates of gender discrimination  Pew Research


20 Black Women You Need To Know   Refinery

California's public college campuses are so diverse, but their faculty and leaders aren't, a new study says  LA Times

National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage  Associated Press


More U.S. College Students Say Campus Climate Deters Speech  Gallup

College students support free speech — unless it offends them  Washington Post

People in less democratic countries are more likely to say China and Russia respect personal freedoms  Pew Research


Creator of Pepe the Frog is suing Infowars  LA Times

The Big Push To Reform Music Copyright For The Digital Age  Forbes


Conspiracy Theorists Arrested After Harassing Sutherland Springs Pastor  Snopes

Billy Graham and the emergence of Christian media  NOQ Report

Requirement to tell foster kids the Easter Bunny is real violated Christian couple’s charter rights, judge rules  Toronto Star

Madeleine L’Engle’s Christianity was vital to A Wrinkle in Time  Vox

The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”  Political Orphans

Why Generation Z is less Christian than ever -- and why that's good news (opinion)  Fox News

I’m a scholar of the “prosperity gospel.” It took cancer to show me I was in its grip  Vox

Church Of Scientology Launching OTT TV Network  Media Post


The Atlantic: How Evangelicals 'lost their way' (video)  Morning Joe

A dispute over real estate roils Jerusalem: Israeli politicians want to make churches pay taxes on their businesses  Economist

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory  The Atlantic

 Evangelical Leaders Launch Prayer Campaign for Dreamers; Urge Congress to Act as DACA Expires  Christian Post


Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?  The New York Times

Mozart’s Diary Where He Composed His Final Masterpieces Is Now Digitized and Available Online  Open Culture


Yale University's chief investment officer, criticizing student journalists  Yale Daily News

College newspapers forge a future for journalism  Daily Tar Heel

What Research Says About Video Games And Violence In Children  NPR


University will pay $249K to settle a lawsuit that accused campus police officers of interrogating a student for nearly 8 hours after she filed a rape report  US News

Harvard professor retires amid allegations of sexual misconduct  CNN

Sexual assault in marriage needs to be part of the #MeToo conversation  Vox

The Problem With ‘Inappropriate’  Chronicle of Higher Ed


The Nope Button will call your phone when a coworker is hanging out by your desk too long

Fewer employers testing for drugs as marijuana legalization spreads


Major Medical Associations Feud over Diabetes Guidelines  NPR

For all their risks, opioids had no pain-relieving advantage in a yearlong clinical trial  LA Times

You can't 'overload' a child's immune system with vaccines  NY Daily News

Fast genome tests are diagnosing some of the sickest babies in time to save them  Technology Review

For diabetics, a high-fiber diet feeds gut microbes, lowering blood sugar  Stat News

Many Women Come Close To Death In Childbirth  NPR


Health Care So Expensive? Some of the Reasons You’ve Heard Turn Out to Be Myths  New York Times

Probe Into Generic Drug Price Fixing Set To Widen  NPR

The real reason the U.S. spends twice as much on health care as other wealthy countries  Washington Post

Over 500 Canadian doctors protest raises, say they're being paid too much (yes, too much)  MSNBC


How can I help? 23 ways to support someone going through a tough time  Medium

A lack of empathy is shaped by genetics, according to new research  Quartz


Americans unify against foreign threats. Can we unify without one?  Vox


Synesthesia’s mysterious ‘mingling of the senses’ may result from hyperconnected neurons  Science

How to Prime Your Brain to Be Happy  GQ

Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath  The Atlantic

Exercise can be a very effective way to treat depression. So why don’t American doctors prescribe it?  Slate

After a stroke, her decades of severe depression vanished  Washington Post

Psychopaths pay less attention to what other people are thinking  New Scientist

New Brain Research Suggests Stress Is Contagious  Medical Daily Times


Bioethics article retracted for…ethics violation  Retraction Watch 

Bioethics: Key Concepts and Research  Daily Jstor


Gen Z is quitting social media in droves because it makes them unhappy, study says  PR Weekly 

Texas college students, fearing opioid deaths, teach each other to reverse overdoses  Houston Chronicle 

It’s time to cut the cord — with your college student  WTOP

Student-body Prez Election on hold: Candidates posted offensive tweets  Columbia Missourian


The Augmented Researcher: What Does 2018 Hold for AI in Publishing?  RD Mag

Is plagiarism a problem in economics? Survey of editors says … yes  Retraction Watch

False investigators and coercive citation are widespread in academic research The London School of Economics  Political Science

I refuse all review requests with deadlines < 3 weeks. Here’s why, and how Scientist Sees Squirrel

The potential harm to patients when clinicians don’t receive consistent notifications about retracted data  Retraction Watch


Purdue’s controversial deal to buy for-profit Kaplan University gets final OK  Journal & Courier 

Teaching Newsletter: How One University Seeks to Shore Up the Sophomore Year  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Fight at Sac State library may have broken out after a student sneezed, witness says  Sacramento Bee

The University of Arizona Tracked Students’ ID Card Swipes to Predict Who Would Drop Out   Gizmodo

An Economist Argues That Our Education System Is Largely Useless  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why Enrollment Is Rising at Large Christian Colleges: Many Christian-based schools charge lower tuition compared with other private colleges, experts say  US News & World Report  


Race and Gender Bias in Online Courses: Study finds instructors are much more likely to respond to comments from white male students than from others  Inside Higher Ed

Authors of premier medical textbook didn’t disclose $11 million in industry payments  Stat News

Professors are banning laptops in class: I’d Be an ‘A’ Student if I Could Just Read My Notes  Wall Street Journal

Why Are so Many High School Graduates Bad Writers When they Arrive at College?  Inside Higher Ed 


Golden West College professor on leave after video shows her telling Asian-American couple to 'go back to your home country'  LA Times

Spam invitations to junk journals and concocted conferences are not just annoying; they do actual harm  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Leaving my Ph.D. program turned out to be a smarter decision than applying  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Prominent Columbia University neuroscientist fired for ‘serious behavioral violations’: the university is closing his lab  Science Magazine