Traffic to The Conversation — that written-by-academics-for-everyone-else site that’s always been a port of last resort for expert opinion content — is way up since the beginning of the pandemic, says Columbia Journalism Review.
“Way up” = 81 million page views in April for all The Conversation sites plus republication by other sites — double that of April 2019.…Read More
Like most of you, I’m horrified, ashamed and frustrated by many of the events of the last eight days — much less the last three months — in the United States.
Is this a turning point? we might ask.
Not if the last 50 years — Watts 1965, Newark 1967, Miami 1980, LA 1992, Cincinnati 2001, Ferguson 2014, Baltimore 2015, Charlotte 2016, etc.,…Read More
Watching pundits deploy other people’s research is like watching kids play with lit M80s: the best outcome to hope for is that nothing bad happens and it’s over quickly. Every other outcome is much, much worse.
Which is to say: Bret Stephens’ recent column for The New York Times citing a discredited study (cowritten by at least one author with white nationalist sympathies) advancing (as the Times’ correction put it) “a genetic hypothesis for the basis of intelligence” among Ashkenazi Jews is exceptional only in the stupidity of its cherry-picked research, not the fact that it cherry picked.…Read More
Here’s another email in response to my column last week on “Bill Gates & Asking Bigger Questions,” talking about a researcher the correspondent knows. I’m publishing it here, anonymized, with permission:
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Something X – and he is a great research scientist – does is he challenges paradigms.
Grad students aren’t supposed to have the time to write op-eds for major newspapers — or the juice to get them published. Certainly not without a tenured co-author.
Tell it to Chris Herring, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of California Berkeley, who wrote this quite good op-ed for the Washington Post, “Democrats hate Trump’s plan for homelessness.…Read More