What I’m Reading – April 17, 2014
We paid the equivalent of two paychecks in taxes this week. Not going to complain about paying taxes, but will complain about some of the things the money goes to.
– Remember how last week, Germany prevented some emails after work hours? The French are going full strength on that: When the French clock off at 6pm, they really mean it (h/t @allisonkilkenny)
– One of my favorite classes in London was called “Evidence, Objectivity, and Policy.” We spent time analyzing the idea of the “view from nowhere,” and ultimately I came away much more skeptical of it than I had been (especially since that view is usually synonymous with “view from older straight cis white man”). Here is a piece on why the latest new (white guy) news ventures are problematic: Objectively bad: Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Jonathan Chait and return of the “view from nowhere”
– I had not thought of this – the same rules that protect us as patients also mean that health professionals can’t really defend themselves against online claims. Interesting read: Insult And Injury: How Doctors Are Losing The War Against Trolls (h/t @sherifink)
– And speaking of infuriating: When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue (h/t @AngryBlackLady)
– Why not end on a fantastically infuriating note? “‘Are you sure you want to file a report? It will be very awkward, especially for a female.” Man, people suck. A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation (h/t @scATX)