Gossiping About a Mass Murderer

When something as tragic and horrible as the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut occurs, our natural response is to try and comprehend it, to try and grasp its magnitude. We want to know what happened, how it happened, and why. Theories and ideas are tossed around, and as more details come to light, we latch on to them and see how they fit into our pre-existing narratives for the event. We want to make sense of the senseless, to find some order in the chaos.Unfortunately, in that r … [Read more...]

What Would You Do If You Saw a Man about to Be Crushed by a Subway?

New York Subway

Newspapers have been hit hard in recent years. Even such venerable and influential papers as The New York Times have had to make sacrifices to stay afloat as revenue shrinks and as digital and online sources for news grow in popularity. So, from that perspective, perhaps it's not too surprising that the editors of The New York Post would choose to publish a photo of a man about to be crushed by an oncoming subway on the front page of their December 4, 2012, edition. Such a shocking and … [Read more...]


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