Football Writing

21 Jul 19
HlaMin

Updated : July 20, 2019 Mathematics MD and PhD Message Methodist Mingun Model Mortality Musical Instruments National Language Center Neikban News Obsolescence Opinion Palmistry Parts of Speech Political Science Practice Quality Quotation Rhyme Mathematics During our younger days, we studied Basic Mathematics in English as well as Burmese. The authors include U Thon, Daw Hla […]

21 Jul 19
HlaMin

Updated : July 20, 2019 The list is not exhaustive. Names beginning with S U Saw Hlaing belongs to a family of “First in Burma” starting with his father U Hoke Sein (compiler of the Pali-English-Burmese Dictionary). He, his daughter Dr. Cherry Hlaing and his two grand also children stood first in Burma. Saya U […]

21 Jul 19
HlaMin

Updated : July 20, 2019 With contributions from Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60) Names beginning with T U Tha Aung (M78) and Daw Kinsa Maw-Naing hosted RIT reunions in Canada. They worked with Canadian NGOs in Myanmar. Dr. Tha Hla served as Professor of Geology, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Rector […]

21 Jul 19
What I think, watch, listen to, and eat each week

A brief dip below 80 what? Below eighty degrees? Eighty degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit? Nope, a dip below 80 kilograms. A brief dip below 80 what?

21 Jul 19

America really needed the 1969 moon landing to go well to serve as an antidote to a decade of bad news. Does that sound familiar? If you feel you could do with some good news to break the seemingly never-ending roll call of troubling affairs, imagine what it was like for Americans at the end […]

21 Jul 19
Boston Herald
Did you hear about the backlash against Disney for casting Halle Bailey, a young black woman, for the lead in the live-action version of “The Little Mermaid”? The Washington Post ran an essay on the furor, with the headline, “The white nostalgia fueling the ‘Little Mermaid’ backlash.” The subhead explained, “The uproar over a black Ariel shows how important representation in children’s entertainment is.” The essay, written by Brooke Newman, an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, informed readers that, “On July 4, as Americans celebrated Independence Day with barbecue, fireworks and armored vehicles rolling through the streets of Washington, #NotMyAriel began trending on Twitter.” “Outraged by Bailey’s casting as Ariel, many (white) Disney fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment and to threaten to boycott the film,” Newman wrote. Apparently, some people find the idea of a half-human, half-fish creature to be believable enough, but only if the human half is a fair-skinned Scandinavian. But this story was about much more than just a movie. “The #NotMyAriel backlash is part of the wave of white nostalgia that Donald Trump used to win the presidency by appealing to white, working-class Americans who feel marginalized by the country’s growing diversity,” Newman lamented. “In Trump’s America, it’s possible to return to a ‘simpler’ past characterized by upward economic mobility and straight, white male cultural and political dominance.” Now, I agree that white nostalgia is a thing. So is black nostalgia — just look at the arguments over the gentrification of historically black neighborhoods in New York or Washington, D.C. And I certainly have my criticisms of Donald Trump’s culture-war politics. I don’t dwell on Newman’s essay to debate her thesis, but to question her methodology. It’s true that the hashtag “NotMyAriel” was briefly trending on Twitter. And it’s true that some people objected to the casting of Bailey in the role. But if you scroll through the tweets using the hashtag, you’ll find that most of them are by people mocking the hashtag and the sentiments behind it. Without the backlash to the “Little Mermaid backlash,” it never would have been trending in the first place. (Moreover, Brandon Wall of BuzzFeed found evidence suggesting the tweet that set off the viral frenzy came from a troll account.) Newman links to a single Twitter account — one belonging to a teenager who had, as of this writing (despite being exposed in a Washington Post piece), a whopping 269 followers. For context, the (excellent) Twitter account for Steak-Umm frozen meat slices has nearly 55,000 followers. This is an increasingly common form of lazy, almost fake, journalism and analysis. There are nearly 70 million active Twitter users in the U.S. Scooping up a few dozen, or even a few thousand, people with strong opinions and stitching them together to reveal a major trend isn’t journalism or analysis. It’s a kind of fabrication — or at least it can be if you’re only looking for the evidence that conforms to your thesis or satisfies your need for clicks. This is particularly true given that there are many people (never mind bots) whose sole mission is to say shocking things. You could go to a packed football stadium and interview 30,000 people until you found a handful who believe that cheese and beer are disgusting. That doesn’t give you license to write a story headlined, “Shocker: Green Bay Packers fans turn their backs on cheese and beer.” But that’s what writers are doing when they cherry-pick social media for counterintuitive shock stories. It’s even worse when they cherry-pick examples for intuitive stories. By that I mean the practice of hunting and pecking through the internet in search of examples that confirm what you already believe in your gut. It’s an open warrant to fuel polarization by hiding biases behind anecdotes disguised as data. Jonah Goldberg’s latest book is  “Suicide of the West.”
21 Jul 19
Liz Goss

This morning I woke up seconds before the alarm because the smell of hot coffee was really-really close by. My youngest daughter stood there holding a cup and saucer towards me with a great big smile. We were leaving Disney today and that always makes me a bit sad, but smiling is such a great […]

21 Jul 19
Sport Archives

North Queensland prop Matt Scott fought back tears on Friday morning as he announced he would be bringing down the curtain on his glittering career at season's end. One of the greatest players in Cowboys history, Scott has played his entire career at the club, appearing in 263 games across 16 seasons since his Telstra […]

21 Jul 19
Cristiano Ronaldo News

[ad_1] The Nigeria international says he’ll fight for his place if the Ivorian joins, but won’t sit on the sidelines Arsenal wide-man Alex Iwobi claims he may be forced to quit the club if they fulfill their ambition of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. The Gunners have made no secret of their desire to […]

21 Jul 19
Living on the Island of Montserrat

The Living in Montserrat Blog is one year old today, and over the last 12 months I have written 120 posts with an aggregate total of 90,000 words. The blog has had 17,000 views and gained 75 subscribers from 10,000 people across 110 countries. There have been 450 likes and 62 comments on WordPress, plus […]

21 Jul 19
FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV | News, Weather, Sports

Jalisa said Jayion always wanted to make her proud. Now, she hopes to carry on the memory of her son so that he would be proud of her.

20 Jul 19
Monologues of a Bibliophile!

One of the trending topics amongst recent events is definitely the Hindi remake of the much touted Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, namely Kabir Singh. The movie is slowly attaining cult status with even a Tamil remake on the way named Adithya Verma. What is with this movie which has spawned such a fandom and has […]

20 Jul 19
Honey's Hideout

I don’t usually talk about dates. I don’t kiss and kiss and kiss a few thousand times and tell. But I will tell now because honestly another date, again, has shaped the image of my life and extensive thinking as far as romanticism goes. I have been let down one time too many waiting for […]

20 Jul 19
SportsZone by Cody

            Recent sports news has become common in women’s soccer. After winning, the USA Women’s soccer team has been on multiple news platforms. It all started when the public started writing about the difference in salary between the men’s and women’s team. According to Siregar (2019), one of the top USA men’s soccer player earned about […]

20 Jul 19
Old English Football

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