Individualism in America

July 9, 2013 0

Writing in the The New York Times back in May, David Brooks writes: So the story I’d like to tell is this: Over the past half-century, society has become more individualistic. As it has become more individualistic, it […]

Just What is “Breitbarting”?

June 13, 2012 1

Well, for one thing, it is not journalism. When I wrote “The Pride and Reward of Falsification: Post-Objectivity as Post-Responsibility” for the recent book News with a View (edited by Burton St. John and Kirsten Johnson) centering […]

The “He Said/She Said” of Education

October 10, 2011 1

Jay Rosen provides a smell test for he said/she said journalism: There’s a public dispute. The dispute makes news. No real attempt is made to assess clashing truth claims in the story, even though they are in some sense […]

“No Dog in this Fight”

September 12, 2011 2

When someone says: I had no dog in this fight Look out!  What they are saying is that they do (or did), but don’t want to admit it.  Personally, I have never seen any claim of impartiality that […]

No More Teachers?

July 1, 2011 3

At the start of “Good-bye, Teacher… “ Fred Keller quotes one version of that old doggerel: Good-bye scholars, good-bye school; Good-bye teacher, darned old fool! I learned it as: Good-bye pencils, good-bye books; Good-bye teachers’ dirty […]