What happens to ‘Doubtful News’?

When I read stuff about “fake news”, I get this twinge of disappointment and regret. I wish my own site, Doubtful News, which started when internet-driven fake news was obvious but before it hit mainstream “trendy”, had been able to gain traction and support to sustain itself and take off during this explosion of interest…

I think my short bio really confused people

Some of the fractious commenters on Facebook responding to my latest piece on the Darwin Awards (more on that coming in another post) took notice of my short bio in the right sidebar of my page and leaped to the erroneous conclusion when they read “ghost, monsters, paranormal”, etc. They misconstrued that my research into…

Why the Darwin Awards Should Die

A recent tragic story in the news reminded me once again that people can be callous and unthinking in reaction to others’ misfortune. A 19-year old girl shot her boyfriend by his request with the goal of making a viral YouTube video showing how a book can stop a bullet. It didn’t stop it. He’s…

Worth a read: Why we got Trump

I recently came across some thoughtful essays that attempt to explain what I and many acquaintances have been puzzling over – How can we be going backward as a country? Why is there a surge in justification for hatred of outgroups (women, disabled, immigrants, blacks, non-natives)? Why are we so divided on what makes America…

Trump’s Twehtoric

I found two interesting takes on Trump’s Terrible Tweeting today. First, from the bestest media podcast, On the Media, a discussion with George Lakoff on how the tweets tend to fit certain categories. Preemptive framing – Posing the issue immediately in a way that suits him, makes him look good or reinforces his own position. Then…

Slenderman on The Folklore Podcast: He’s the “face” of online bullying

For those interested in the more intellectual aspects of ghosts and monsters, I recommend checking out The Folklore Podcast hosted by Mark Norman. The first episode is on Slenderman, a topic I’ve been interested in even before the “Slenderman stabbings” brought the legend into so many peoples’ consciousness. Norman’s guest for this episode was Dr. Andrea Kitta who had…