Culture | Media

What Facebook Live Means for Journalism

| by Seth Lewis & Nicole Smith Dahmen | Every week seems to bring another devastating Facebook Live video posted online. A Florida teenager killed herself live on the internet in January. A woman in Sweden was reportedly raped while her three attackers broadcast it for hundreds to see. And video of a 12-year-old girl’s suicide was broadcast on […]

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Interviews, Religion | Politics

On Blasphemy Laws

Walaiha Irafat did not know why they came for her. In Pakistan, during March 2012, she was arrested for allegations of “spitting and sitting on the Koran,” and also “tearing pages and insulting Allah.” After being denied bail, Walaiha spent 43 months in prison — around 24 of those were in solitary confinement. She attempted […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

The Virtues of Free Speech

| by Michael A. Sherlock | Free speech must include the right to offend. Granted, there are limitations upon free speech which do serve valuable and necessary functions — such as the prohibition against incitement to violence, or the prohibition concerning the deliberate causing of a panic that would likely result in imminent injury, etc. — […]

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Culture | Media

The Banality of Milo

| by Mitchell Blatt | You know someone isn’t funny when they have to explain their own jokes on a late night comedy show. When Bill Maher asked his guest Milo Yiannopoulos during the “Overtime” panel discussion why he had referred to a trans woman as “he,” Yiannopoulos responded, “Yeah, I did that on purpose,” nodding his […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

Fake News and Tribalism: Your Team Does It, Too

I can’t be the first person to have noticed that whenever someone makes a political statement more often than not it’s met with the dismissive response: “Oh, that’s something a Democrat would say,” or “that’s the line of thinking a Republican would adopt.” Take for example if I said, “Trump’s recent Executive Order or ‘Muslim Ban’ isn’t the same […]

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Religion | Politics

The Atheist Atrocities Fallacy — Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot

| by Michael A. Sherlock | Religious apologists, particularly those of the Christian variety, are big fans of what I have dubbed, the atheist atrocities fallacy. Christians commonly employ this fallacy to shield their egos from the harsh reality of the brutality of their own religion, by utilizing a most absurd form of the tu quoque (“you too”) fallacy, mingled […]

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The Problem with Intersectional Feminism

| by Helen Pluckrose | Those of us committed to social justice are accustomed to being told that intersectional feminism with its focus on critical race theory, queer theory and anti-ableism is the key. Only intersectionality, we are assertively informed, really listens to the experiences and needs of women of color, LGBTS, disabled people and […]

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Religion | Politics, Review

The Salman Rushdie Fatwah, 28 Years Later

| by Malhar Mali | When Salman Rushdie wrote the sentence, probably some time in 1987, in The Satanic Verses, “Now there was no demand for satires — the general fear of Mahound had destroyed the market for insults and wit,” describing the milieu in the fictional city Jahilia which had been conquered by a war-lord, little could he […]

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Religion | Politics

What Trump’s Immigration Order Got Wrong

| by Ahnaf Kalam | True to his campaign promises, President Trump quickly signed an executive order barring migrants from seven countries of origin to the United States under concerns of terrorism: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. No, the executive order is not a “Muslim ban,” as many people would have you […]

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