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The problem with the west's Ebola response is still fear of a black patient

Nails it.



Shep Smith is...Right?!

I can’t believe it, but Fox News’ Shep Smith nailed it. Despite his somewhat patronizing tone, the anchor reports on Ebola clearly and accurately. Nice work, Shep!



"The tone of [Ebola news] coverage seems to be increasing fear while not improving understanding." -Rutgers-Eagleton poll director


A disturbing poll reveals that many Americans who follow Ebola media coverage closely are more misinformed about the virus than people who don’t:

Measuring the rising anxiety among news consumers, a Rutgers-Eagleton poll of New Jersey residents found that 69 percent are at least…



Responsible Reporting

"It’s offensive on several levels. And it reflects, frankly, a level of ignorance we should not allow in our media and in our discourse."




The Death of Adulthood

This piece by NYT film columnist A.O. Scott is fantastic. It’s also a shining example why professional and educated criticism is still so vital in the age of social media.




Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.


Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

Do it!



Sometimes police brutality happens without anyone outside the community knowing about it; it’s on the back page of a newspaper, if it makes the newspaper (if the town has a newspaper; increasingly few do). Sometimes, as in the case of Ferguson, it snowballs into something bigger. And when that happens, somehow the nation riles itself up in a paroxysm of outrage for a week or maybe a month, deepening already fathomless left wing/right wing divide, until finally everybody just collectively shrugs and shakes their heads and says, “Terrible thing, terrible thing, nothing can be done, way of the world” and gets on with the mundane daily business of life.

When’s the last time you heard or saw something about Ferguson in the news?

We’re already moving on.

From a great piece on white privilege by Matt Zoller Seitz.



J. Dilla's Lost Scrolls

Thanks to npr for some incredible journalism, and to J. Dilla: for everything.




If you want to acknowledge James Foley’s death…


in a way that could offer some help to journalists in danger around the world — you can make a donation in his memory to the Committee to Protect Journalists so the organization can continue to work on their behalf.



Our heads hang in shame when we hear about rapes. Why can’t we prevent this? When a daughter steps out, parents demand to know where she’s going. But when a son returns home, does anyone dare ask where he is coming from? He might have been with the wrong people, doing wrong things. After all, a person raping is someone’s son. Why don’t parents apply the same yardstick of good behaviour for their sons as for their daughters?
Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, used his first Independence Day speech to call on parents to take responsibility for the actions of their sons, saying the country is shamed by sexual violence.  (via guardian)

Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet | Dame Magazine



What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson:








But to enjoy our bodies and the sensations they give us when they are working. We need almost nothing at all to find our happiness: only a few hours, a stretch of road, perhaps a friend, or even better a competitor. We hide in our spindled chests an unusually large and heaving heart—and in our heads a warbled tune, a song, as we move on down the road. Do you know the feeling I know? When your legs have disappeared, and there is only your heart, your lungs, and your eyes skimming disembodied through the air? We are Aristotle’s featherless bipeds, we runners. Though we have no wings, we have taught ourselves to fly.



Advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me

One of the best pieces of truly inspirational writing I’ve ever come across. I love this essay so very much. It’s a 5-minute read - take your time, do it twice. This is the real deal.

One of my favorite excerpts:

7) People

People are the best and worst thing that will happen to you. Some will help you go further, faster. Others will pull you down to their level and help you lose. Most are OK. Many are average. Some are excellent.

A few people will change your life forever. Find them.

You don’t need a lot of friends or people around you. You need amazing people who do for you as you do for them.

It’s simple really, a lot of average friends will leave you feeling alone when you need to feel surrounded by people who care.

Read the full thing here.