Articles of Interest - May 21


The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns  The Verge

Just 4% of Americans say they read most or all of Trump's tweets  CNN

Some news outlets want exemption from Facebook's new ad rules  CNN

Facebook Stories reveals 150M daily viewers and here come ads  Tech Crunch

Social media mojo-ranking service Klout to shutter  Ars Technica 

Predatory behavior runs rampant in Facebook’s addiction support groups  The Verge

With Facebook Live views falling, BuzzFeed looks to Twitch  Digiday 


How to Record Calls on Your Smartphone  Wired

This tool transforms print pages into social and mobile-ready stories  Poynter


Parental spy app exposes the information of teens it’s supposed to protect  Daily Dot 

You Can Send Invisible Messages With Subtle Font Tweaks  Wired 


Flexible, Stick-On Tags Attach Laser Beams to Eyeballs  IEEE Spectrum

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t  New York Times


AI has a strong grasp on probability, but not cause and effect. Judea Pearl wants it to possess a more complete intelligence  The Atlantic  

An attempt to update the definition of a data science  Venture Beat

Military intelligence experts want help with metadata tampering in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to enhance cyber security  Military Aerospace

The best platforms recognize the value of their own data & leverage machine learning to improve the customer experience  Harvard Business Review

NGA is investing more resources in machine learning technologies as it grapples with a deluge of data  National Defense Magazine

How Disney built its own real-time data analytics pipeline in the Amazon Web Services cloud to collect event data from all streaming content  Datamani


How a major medical meeting uses embargoes to shape the news, and what the consequences may be  Health News Review

Can Robots Do Journalism? (opinion)  Media Post


Prominent Mexican Journalist Joins A Long List Of Those Killed  NPR

In Western Europe, Public Attitudes Toward News Media More Divided by Populist Views Than Left-Right Ideology


Salt Lake Tribune lays off a third of its newsroom  Salt Lake Tribune

The 'hire a crowd' business operates openly and makes journalism even more difficult  Poynter


Inside Facebook’s race to separate news from junk  PBS

Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after Santa Fe school shooting  Washington Post

Searching for Alternative Facts  Data & Society 

In Houston, journalists are sorting rumors from fact live on TV  Poynter


A Life Tip for Graduates  Becoming (my blog)


 Who Cares Whether It’s One Space or Two?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How Do We Prevent Typos and Other Errors From Appearing in Our Stories?  Propublica


Why a Daily Habit of Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science

Are ebooks dying or thriving? The answer is yes  Quarz


A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny' It’s the audio version of The Dress.  The Atlantic

Who Legislates Language Change? Newspaper Stylebooks  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Enlisting computers to analyze historical texts, Historians are spotting patterns in language that were once invisible  Christian Science Monitor

‘Newfangled’: a Word Much Older Than You Think  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Millions of U.S. citizens don’t speak English to one another. That’s not a problem. Washington Post


Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes in Anne Frank’s diary  Associated Press

Tom Wolfe, Dead at 88, Had an Expansive Lexicon  The Atlantic

Ernest Hemingway’s death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI  Muck Rock


Book Review: the trajectories of women scientists during World War One  The London School of Economics and Political Science

Men Are Sarcastic, Women Are Hot: Gender and Language in Rate My Professors  Chronicle of Higher ED


Texas State U. Police Chief Resigns Amid Racial Tensions on Campus  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Affirmative Action Benefits Everyone — Including Asian Americans  Huffington Post   

‘Why Are Black People So Loud?’ One University Says It’s OK to Ask  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

How We Made AI As Racist and Sexist As Humans  The Walrus


Careful what you say in this university, its speech policies are those of Soviet Russia  USA Today  

Remembering a major victory for free speech, 40 years later  The Hill


ICE claimed a Dreamer was “gang-affiliated” and tried to deport him: A federal judge ruled that ICE was lying  Slate

Congress' latest move to extend copyright protection is misguided  Wired

Hasbro just trademarked the smell of Play-Doh  The Verge


Protestants decline, more have no religion in a sharply shifting religious landscape  ABC News

10 Evangelical Pastors and Their Wives Among Those Who Perished in Cuban Plane Crash  PJ Media

Fake Mormon news story goes viral, claiming the LDS Church has apologized for racism (opinion)  Religious News Service  

L.G.B.T. Students in Oregon Were Bullied and Forced to Read Bible, Report Says  New York Times

Poll: Sharing Faith Is Increasingly Optional to Christians  Barna

9 Common Misperceptions About Religious Observances  Mental Floss

Seminary leader’s comments on women roil Texas Southern Baptists  Austin America Statesman


Australia's 'Man With The Golden Arm' Retires After Saving 2.4 Million Babies  NPR


Ambient Lit: The ambitious project to redesign fiction for phones  Fast Company

Rabbit Town: the selfie-themed museum accused of plagiarizing its art  Fast Company


The Surprising Impact That Music Can Have On Little Kids — And Their Parents  NPR

Computers crack the code of pop-song success  LA Times

The future of music doesn’t always turn out the way people planned  Red Bull Music Academy 


China Is A Fast-Growing Presence In The World Of Cinema  NPR

How the Sounds You Hear in Movies Are Really Made: Discover the Magic of “Foley Artists”  Open Culture

Century-Old Film Footage Edited to Present a More Dynamic View of New York City Life in the Early 1900’s  Colossal

This video sums up why Ron Howard gets director credit for Solo: A Star Wars Story  The Verge


Americans are tuning out of TV  Axios


Missouri can fix the Supreme Court’s mistake about freedom of the student press

At SMU, a big fight erupts over its little newspaper as Daily Campus alumni fear censorship  Dallas News


TCU overturns suspensions for some students accused of using Quizlet app to cheat   Dallas News 

Millennials’ confidence in business, loyalty to employers deteriorate  Deloitte 

Class Action Suit Claims Stanford Kicking Out Mentally Disabled Students Courthouse News  

KU student who hacked computers and changed his grades is convicted of 4 felonies  Lawrence Journal-World

Before you pause that student loan...  The Week

More than a million Millennials are becoming moms each year  Pew Research


Interactive data on where college graduates are moving after college (paywall)   Wall Street Journal

Report: College majors and student success  Georgetown


Making Career Moves by Saying No  Inside Higher Ed 


Larry Nassar: Michigan State University to pay $500m to abuse victims  BBC

A USC doctor was accused of bad behavior with young women for years. The university let him continue treating students  LA Times

Judge dismisses former CU Boulder student's Title IX claim over sex assault investigation  Daily Camera

She was sexually assaulted by her youth pastor who later became a megachurch pastor New York Times

UW-Stevens Point assistant dean accused of sexual harassment, rehired at UW-Eau Claire  Stevens Point Journal


Textbook Authors Sue Cengage Over Subscription Model  Inside Higher Ed

Appeals Court Sides with Cornell in Tenure Dispute  Inside Higher Ed

University teachers are exploited, too  CNN


Suicide Is Rising Among American Farmers As They Struggle To Keep Afloat  NPR

How Baby Boomers Broke America  TIME

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy  The Atlantic


How to manage your money when you’re struggling  Poynter

It's not just you: Everything really is getting more expensive  CNN

US States Renamed for Countries with Similar GDPs  AEI

The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Your State  ATT Savings

Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time  Flowing Data

Supreme Court rules that employers can make signing away your right to sue them in a class a condition of employment  BoingBoing


We Made Plastic. We Depend On It. Now We're Drowning In It  National Geographic

Release of Chemical Pollution study would cause a ‘public relations nightmare’   Politico

America’s landfills may be completely full in just 13 years  The Outline


FDA approves new drug for prevention of migraines  CNBC

Why Sitting Is The New Smoking: An Animated Explanation  Open Culture


How salad became a major source of food poisoning in the US  Vox 

Eggs Are Safe For Diabetics And Heart Health, Study Finds  Medical Daily

Almost 40% of peer-reviewed dietary research turns out to be wrong. Here’s why  New Food Economy


Warren Buffett once tested his kids with a slot machine, and he won  CNBC

Dear Therapist: My Adult Daughter Thinks I Was an Awful Parent  The Atlantic 

The U.S. spends less on children than almost any other developed nation  Washington Post

American Women Are Having Babies Later  The Atlantic


Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think  Scientific American

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.  New York Times


Psychologists have identified a very good reason why unsolicited advice is so annoying  Quartz

The supposed loneliness epidemic  Claude Fisher Blog 

How Social Isolation Transforms the Brain  CalTech


Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought  Wired

What’s so Good about Original Sin? (opinion)  New York Times


How America Gets WWII History Wrong (And Why That Matters)  Cracked

The WIRED Guide to Robots  Wired


California assisted death law overturned in court  Sacramento Bee

MIT Now Has a Humanist Chaplain to Help Students With the Ethics of Tech  The Atlantic


How Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research   Five Thirty Eight

Deception, distrust and disrespect  Karolinska Institutet

Give every paper a read for reproducibility  Nature

Peer review could have helped short-circuit the Theranos fake news scandal  Stat News

'Nationalistic' Think Tank Plagiarised Chinese, US, Australian Writings  The Wire

How Scientific Publishers Can End Bullying And Harassment In The Sciences  Forbes

Scientists are subverting formal publishing. well, some of them  Wired

Avoid ethics issues in science publishing with these 5 questions  American Society for Microbiology


College May Not Be Worth It Anymore (opinion)  New York Times

Yes, College Is ‘Worth It,’ One Researcher Says. It’s Just Worth More if You’re Rich.  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Former Utah Valley University employee says school discriminates against women, minorities and non-Mormon employees  The Salt Lake Tribune

The disparities in equality at public colleges from state to state  Ed Trust

PETA sues Texas A&M over Facebook comments the university removed  Dallas Morning News

What states have the most people with a Bachelor’s Degree?  Overflow Data

Trilogy Education Services runs coding boot camps for a growing number of universities  Inside Higher Ed


Ohio College Proposes Cutting Academic Programs and Faculty Layoffs

Marylhurst University to close at end of 2018  Lake Oswego Review

Investigations Into For-Profit College Abuses Dismantled Under Betsy DeVos  Forbes


Oklahoma Christian universities win reprieve from contraception mandate  Tulsa World

Alumni Allege Rampant Sexual Harassment by Former Christian University President  Inside Higher Ed

Catholic U. Plan, Which Could Result in Layoffs of Tenured Profs, Moves Ahead  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Ben Carson Tells Liberty University Graduates They Have 'Tremendous Spheres of Influence'  TIME


Give Students More Options When They Have to Take Your Course  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Future of Learning and How It Could Change Your Classroom  Chronicle of Higher Ed

One-third of students take at least one class online  Washington Post