Trump as Kafka’s Merchant

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In rereading Kafka’s The Trial I am struck by a similarity between Herr Block and President Trump. Block is a merchant who has been enduring his own version of the legal system* for nearly five years. His character exists as a contradiction of itself. One minute he is on hands and knees in complete obeisance […]

A Look at Media Bias in Coverage of Elizabeth Warren’s Defense of Paying for Medicare for All

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For an explanation of why I have done this writeup, please see the Week 1 write up at the following link: www.stevenspecht.com/2019/10/a-look-at-media-bias-in-coverage-of-the-cnn-lgbtq-candidate-town-hall/ This week, Media Bias Chart considered how six news sources covered Senator Warren’s defense of how she plans to fund her Medicare for All plan. On Friday, November 1, 2019, Warren released a […]

A Look at Media Bias in Coverage of Governor Newsom’s Pardons

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For an explanation of why I have done this writeup, please see the Week 1 write up at the following link: www.stevenspecht.com/2019/10/a-look-at-media-bias-in-coverage-of-the-cnn-lgbtq-candidate-town-hall/ This week, Media Bias Chart considered how six news sources covered pardons and commutations by California Governor, Gavin Newsom. The governor pardoned four ex-convicts who had served their time for crimes committed more […]

How Search Engine Optimization Undermines Original Reporting

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How Search Engine Optimization Undermines Original Reporting Search Engine Optimization, commonly referred to as SEO is the method by which websites direct traffic to themselves through searches online. For example, if I finally give in to my wife’s requests to not go up a 20-foot extension ladder, I’d type in “Gutter Cleaning Stafford Virginia” into […]

A Look at Media Bias in Coverage of the CNN LGBTQ Candidate Town Hall

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For the last several months, I’ve worked on The Media Bias Chart, a project that rates news sources. The premise of the project is that if people are aware of biased reporting, they will have the opportunity to seek better sources. Working with dozens of people from across the country and across the political spectrum, […]

Shirley Jackson’s Lottery as an Allegory for Business Regulation

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Note—If you haven’t read The Lottery, I give away the plot within. But it’s only 8 pages, so just Google “Shirley Jackson Lottery PDF,” read it, and come back. A summary of the plot The Lottery take place in a small, unnamed community of approximately 300 people. They are participating in an annual tradition of […]

CPR and Soup

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It had been a month since the contractors began work at the house down the street. Though I’ve never actually met the neighbors, their constantly barking dog has been obnoxious. I had hoped these repairs meant they were preparing to move and sell. I was on auto-pilot, walking my dog to the same stretch of […]