how to define “barbarian”: a case study on ISIS

A few days ago, I retweeted this from a fellow Mizzou journalist (ignore the fact that he's a national correspondent a the L.A. Times and I'm a first-semester grad student--we're essentially colleagues): Oh boy, this got people talking. "As if they have to be mutually exclusive" responded one Twitterer. "Tech savvy barbarians are still barbarians," said …

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on reading steven sotloff and james foley

One of today's New York Times headlines: "After Beheading of Steven Sotloff, Obama Pledges to Punish ISIS."The story came after the militant group ISIS in Iraq put out a video showing the execution of Sotloff, the second hostage journalist in the past month to be beheaded. The first was another freelancer, James Foley. In the …

kasia redux, redux

Hi, all. I’m back.A brief rundown of life since spring:I don’t live in Kansas City any more. I know, I know—tragic. I miss my dyslexic students and even their off-key versions of “Let it Go” as a diversion tactic. I miss their brilliance and their middle-finger attitude to whatever shaky neurological connection pushes them to switch …

the story of dr. essay anne vanderbilt: the ethics of lgbt outing and journalism’s pursuit

On January 15, journalist Caleb Hannan published a story on Grantland (associated with ESPN) in which he first endeavored to write about a “scientifically superior golf club” and ended up outing Dr. V, the transgender woman who invented it.  Her outing in the article is problematic enough. Here’s where it gets deadly: Dr. V committed …