Culture & science writer, data journalist, advocate of using your head
Ilia Blinderman is a New York-based culture and science writer studying data journalism at Columbia University. He eats a protein-rich diet, reads a good deal, and once shot a 38 under par with 11 birdies (in his first and only game of golf).
Recently, North America awoke to the news that Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who fearlessly advocated for female education in Pakistan's Swat valley, had received the Nobel Peace Prize. Tho...
Several students were able to register following initial rejection by returning and speaking to different revisors or to their supervisors. This eventual success, however, underscores the fact that that when insufficient linguistic precision is coupled with haphazard revisor training, registration becomes subservient to bureaucratic fickleness; that is to say, it degenerates into a crapshoot.
If "beauty" comes to mean "whatever you are," the term will lose all meaning. Such a definitional creep will result in new terms being deployed to evaluate physical appearance, and the problem would remain -- semantically different, yet essentially the same.
Recently, the Times' laudably levelheaded public editor wrote about the "Recommended" section's growing real estate. Readers had, according to Sullivan, complained about the move's impinging on their privacy; some noted that they were sufficiently competent to choose the articles they read on their own; others did not want their reading preferences monetized.
Having a column does not a medical expert make, and we would be wise to keep abreast of our ignorance -- both as journalists and news consumers. Addiction does not care whether you take to its labels or not. It may not give you a choice.
Coupled with Hoffman's premature demise, the grim loss of his brilliance surely qualifies his death a colossal, agonizing waste. "I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher," he declared in The Master, "But above all, I am a man."