Insurrection, Siege, Riot: The Words Used to Describe the January 6 Capitol Attack

The words media outlets use to describe events play a large role in shaping public perception of those events. As January 6 unfolded on Capitol Hill, there was a rapid shift in language, from “...
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Coronavirus

American Apathy: Our Declining Interest in Covid-19 Cases and Deaths

We are experiencing some of the deadliest days in American history, but the magnitude of the ongoing disaster defies human comprehension. As the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths climbed during...
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Coronavirus

How Dangerous Are the New Covid Variants?

In a cruel twist, 2020 left parting gifts: at least two new, seemingly more dangerous variants of Covid-19. B.1.1.7 was first identified in the UK in September and has recently accounted for more...
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News in the Attention Economy: Are you the customer or the product?

Reflections on how The Social Dilemma applies to news sources relying on advertising revenue
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Coronavirus

Can China’s Covid News Be Trusted?

China has received abundant ridicule for its role in Covid-19, from its early negligence, to its influence over the World Health Organization, to its draconian measures to control the virus. Part...
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biden

How Will Foreign Policy Change Under a Biden Administration?

Soon after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, U.S. foreign policy will steer toward more familiar waters. While President Trump’s approach to the international system has been
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Why is the news biased?

A look into how increasing advertising revenue and motivated reasoning can drive polarization in the news sphere. 
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journalism

Can You Remain Unbiased When Reading the News?

Just before the 2020 general election, a friend on Twitter paraphrased a famous quote that says, “if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.” And later, another friend on Whatsapp...
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26 min read
Coronavirus - Jan 12, 2021

American Apathy: Our Declining Interest in Covid-19 Cases and Deaths

We are experiencing some of the deadliest days in American history, but the magnitude of the ongoing disaster defies human comprehension. As the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths climbed during 2020 and reached new heights...
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19 min read
Coronavirus - Jan 4, 2021

How Dangerous Are the New Covid Variants?

In a cruel twist, 2020 left parting gifts: at least two new, seemingly more dangerous variants of Covid-19. B.1.1.7 was first identified in the UK in September and has recently accounted for more than half of new cases in the...
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3 min read
Business models - Dec 27, 2020

News in the Attention Economy: Are you the customer or the product?

Reflections on how The Social Dilemma applies to news sources relying on advertising revenue
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21 min read
Coronavirus - Dec 19, 2020

Can China’s Covid News Be Trusted?

China has received abundant ridicule for its role in Covid-19, from its early negligence, to its influence over the World Health Organization, to its draconian measures to control the virus. Part of the negative perception in...
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24 min read
biden - Dec 7, 2020

How Will Foreign Policy Change Under a Biden Administration?

Soon after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, U.S. foreign policy will steer toward more familiar waters. While President Trump’s approach to the international system has been unconventional, isolating, ...
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5 min read

Why is the news biased?

A look into how increasing advertising revenue and motivated reasoning can drive polarization in the news sphere. 
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3 min read
journalism - Dec 1, 2020

Can You Remain Unbiased When Reading the News?

Just before the 2020 general election, a friend on Twitter paraphrased a famous quote that says, “if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.” And later, another friend on Whatsapp said, “you have to take a...
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26 min read
Coronavirus - Nov 22, 2020

Can the Government Mandate a Covid-19 Vaccine? Will It Have To?

With the emergence of two vaccines with high levels of effectiveness, there’s a strong prospect of having powerful new tools to combat Covid-19 in the months ahead. But the road between a vaccine and society returning to...
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18 min read

Why Were the Polls Wrong?

Since the election on November 3, one question on many people’s minds was how the polling industry could have interpreted the desires of American voters so poorly. While many polls had shown large leads for President-elect Joe...
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