Tag Archives: Journalism

Sandberg, Millennial Journalism, and Evolution

What do they have in common?

Pretty much nothing.

But the Sandberg stuff and the journalism stuff have been pricking people’s underbellies recently. I thought I could helpfully share some of the more helpful entries in these latest blogosphere buggaboos.

The evolution thing is just cool.

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Fallows Takes us Unside Foxconn

James Fallows rules.

I inaugurated TfH with a long post about Mike Daisey’s unsurprisingly stereotypical portrayal of Foxconn. A dramatic monologue more “inspired by” truth (and by imaginary truths) than “reported.”

But even Fallows, an experienced reporter in China, savvy to the ways our fears and anxieties about China distort our perceptions, expected Foxconn to be more sweatshoppy—company towny, at the very least—than the apparently leisurely and accommodating facilities he toured.

Coffee and Newspaper Break

Fallows responsibly notes that he spent only a few hours there, etc etc. Still, I can’t wait for his magazine article on this.

Yay journalism!

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“Post-Truth” Politics and Journalism

Last week I twittered this super-rad article by Garance Frank-Ruta about journalists’ new responsibilities to correct electioneering lies.

Today James Fallows caught up with this piece and contextualized it with other promising events he puts into David Roberts’ rubric of “post-truth politics.”

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I Would Pass That Law

Israel has passed a law banning extremely underweight models from working, using the World Health Organization’s measure of malnutrition. The law also bans the use of digital enhancements to make models appear thinner than they are. The standard applies to images from foreign media, as well.

They did this back in March, so the major news outlets have not addressed it recently–except for the Atlantic, whose story about this legislation is one of the most balanced I have read. It acknowledges the complexity of eating disorders, which are caused by a variety of factors, social pressure being just one. It addresses the broader social questions such legislation raises: free speech! Corporate rights! Paternalistic government! Protecting our most vulnerable! Women’s rights!

In other words, everything is about partisanship in the U.S. But the article handles it well.

And it narrates the dramatic story of the legislation itself. (How often do we think of legislation as dramatic?)

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