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    Slut dropping: How disgust spreads urban legends

    by  • October 10, 2012 • Media • 0 Comments

    Yesterday's Everyday Sexism Project column introduced the internet to what is highly likely to be a new urban legend: Slut dropping.  The full story goes: He described a group of excited male first-years who told him about a new trend: “slut dropping”. The process, they explained, involves driving around town with friends in the early...

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    Plagiarism, Academia and Journalism

    by  • September 15, 2011 • Media • 0 Comments

    The Independent has finished it's investigation into the Johann Hari saga and while Hari has apologised, it's in such a way that reinforces the idea I've seen in a few places that at least partly due to Hari being plucked right out of the university and missing some of the fine points of the journalistic...

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    Misleading Blurbs

    by  • September 4, 2011 • Media • 0 Comments

    A colouring book setting out to explain 9/11 to kids is obviously walking a mine field of every variety, but looking at the site what I found most bizarre was the media excerpt section – Take this quote from the New Yorker: Most of the children in elementary schools today were born after September...

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    Crazy People and Terrorism

    by  • July 26, 2011 • Media • 0 Comments

    It's inevitable with breaking stories that the media is going to call some things wrong, what's more concerning is that it tends to do this in ways that are revealing of deeper problems. Immediately after the attacks in Norway the commentariat's initial reaction was to blame it on Islamic terrorism, which is understandable because...

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    Link Round Up: Phone Hacking Edition

    by  • July 6, 2011 • Link Round Up, Media • 1 Comment

    While new revelations on the saga are pouring in by the hour, The Magistrate's Blog points out that there's a fair amount of repeat revelation as Wade admitted to paying police officers for information years ago. In other news, Michael White is busy brandishing his insider credentials and reminds us that the NOTW isn't all bad as some of...

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