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A lot of my best work came out of Johns Hopkins. They were very jealous—you didn’t get past the guards without a pass. So I went out and bought a white coat, stethoscope, a pair of nicer shoes, and a used briefcase. Then I just walked past them—they’re shouting, “Hey! Hey!” but I’m a busy doctor and I don’t pay attention to that kind of shit. I learned to integrate myself. I talked to doctors and bums on the street. I was good at being invisible, and I got my best stories because the surgeon forgot I was there.
On the Media Producer Sarah Abdurrahman in Libya
Please listen to this incredible story by our producer Sarah Abdurrahman.
One year ago this week, Libyan rebels took control of the capital city Tripoli, ending the 42-year rule of Muammar al-Qaddafi. When the Libyan uprising began in February of 2011, our producer Sarah Abdurrahman told us about Feb17voices, a project she was involved in to get information out of Libya during a media blackout. Last month, Sarah went to Tripoli to witness Libya’s election and to meet the people behind the voices.
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It’s striking how each of the ten-second snippets showcased here so deeply embody each of the candidates’ political styles—Reagan’s movie star-channeled grandeur, Gore’s mechanical awkwardness, Clinton’s thick Southern geniality, Bush’s semi-clueless good ol’ boyism, Barack Obama’s melodramatic soaring oration, etc. (via Watch Three Decades of Presidential Candidates Accept Their Nomination | Motherboard)
Source: Vice Magazine
Can you help us, internet?
As part of a top secret project that we can’t talk about yet, OTM is looking for examples of telltale phrases that suggest that you’re reading a not-so-great piece of journalism.
Like for instance, the phrase “Reliable numbers are hard to come by, but…” is a telltale not-great phrase because it suggests you’re reading a bogus trend piece where the author couldn’t find concrete numbers.
Another suspect phrase is “senior administration official,” since it often means you’re reading a story with an anonymous source that didn’t need to be anonymous. (Media critic Jack Shafer hates these).
Can you, dear internet folks, think of other phrases like these? And, as a much harder bonus question, can you think of phrases or words that suggest you’re reading a GOOD piece of journalism? Tweet at us or tumblr message if you’ve got something!
</3 We’ll miss you, Neil. You were our favorite astronaut.
Source: The Atlantic