Saturday Link Love: Real America, Virtue Signaling, Jell-O Salad, and Algorithms

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

On the Myth of a “Real America”, on Lit Hub—“The quiz is essentially about whether you are in touch with working-class small-town white Christian America, as though everyone who’s not Joe the Plumber is Maurice the Elitist.”

Virtue Signaling, on Hedgehog Review—“Like hypocrisy, virtue signaling should function as a reminder to people that what they say or write should be more than empty words. But more often it is a way of saying you don’t need to listen to any words, because they’re all empty.”

A Social History of Jell-O Salads, on Serious Eats—“After the war, corporations that had begun producing instant and processed food products to feed the troops were in no rush to slow production.”

Just How Transparent Can a Criminal Justice Algorithm Be? on Slate—“I’d never seen anything that the sentencing commission was doing garner such a level of awareness and opposition from the community at large.”

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