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Month: May 2015

MCO 194/JMC 101 Everyday Grammar/Grammar for Journalists is a required course in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU. It reviews the fundamentals of grammar and teaches some basics of AP (Associated Press) Style. If you do not pass the course, you have to change your major; that is how serious they take it in the Cronkite School.

I am presently taking this course as part of my first summer session courses. Imagine the giggles I let out watching this assigned video that goes over the 8 parts of speech.

This video is both useful and hilarious.

 

 

 

Facebook is curating your feed for you; are you aware?

The study found that the algorithm suppresses the diversity of the content you see in your feed by occasionally hiding items that you may disagree with and letting through the ones you are likely to agree with. The effect wasn’t all or nothing: for self-identified liberals, one in 13 diverse news stories were removed, for example. Overall, this confirms what many of us had suspected: that the Facebook algorithm is biased towards producing agreement, not dissent. This is an important finding — one you may have completely missed in the press coverage about how it’s all your fault.

Source: Facebook Said Its Algorithms Do Help Form Echo Chambers. And the Tech Press Missed It.

Saida Grundy, Boston University professor: White males a ‘problem population’ – Washington Times

A newly hired Boston University professor has come under fire for several anti-white comments she made on Twitter, but the school says she is simply practicing free speech.Incoming assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies, Saida Grundy tweeted a slew of tweets over several months blasting white males which have drawn criticism on social media, Fox News reported Saturday.

Source: Saida Grundy, Boston University professor: White males a ‘problem population’ – Washington Times

Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

 

Chris Hayes talks to Jayne Miller, the WBAL reporter who interviewed interviewed Donta Allen, who was the 2nd prisoner in the police van along with Freddie Gray.

Source: Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

This makes absolutely no sense. There are now way too many holes in this story.

  1. The Washington Post article says that the prisoner who was in the van with Freddie Gray alleged that he thought Freddie Gray intentionally hurt himself.  In this interview, the guy is clearly saying that he thinks the police hurt him.
  2. The WaPo article said the other inmate was 38 years old. I know black doesn’t crack, but this guy is clearly not 38 years old.
  3. The WaPo article says that the identity of this man was being protected for fear that something would happen to him. He’s clearly on television giving interviews, so how does that make sense?
  4. How long are we supposed to continue swallowing this bullshit?
  5. In his version of the story, he says he was arrested for stealing a cigarette? The WaPo article says he was arrested for violating a protective order. Uh…

Watch the video for yourself and tell me what you think.

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