Monday Miscellany: Malaria, Media Analysis, Meta

1. Deadly stuff: Jai celebrates the eradication of a deadly disease, global deaths from malaria have dropped 47% since 2013, GiveWell releases an update to their top charities.

2. Watsonian vs. Doylist ways of interpreting media.

3. Politics that feel good.

4. Familiar with the five stages of grief? Those came from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, and have impacted much of how we communicate with patients about their terminal illness. More fascinating: this 1997 article about Kubler-Ross’s own demise and attitudes towards death at the end of her life.

5. A nuanced conversation about triggers, and what we mean when we say we’re triggered.

6. Preventing bad reporting of science: it’s not just the media to blame.

Over a third of press releases contained exaggerated advice, causal claims, or inference to humans. When press releases contained exaggeration, 58% to 86% of derived news stories contained similar exaggeration, compared with exaggeration rates of 10% to 18% in news articles when the press releases were not exaggerated. This was an onerous piece of research, with coding done by a large team of students, but the high concordance in exaggeration scores between blinded raters is reassuringly high.

7. Sometimes my field does horrific things: the psychologists of the CIA torture report.

8. Call out culture and a conversation about social justice and anger.

Not all people who don’t like anger are privileged. To oversimplify a lot: there are two kinds of people in the world. There are people who are angry! about! INJUSTICE! and want to shout a lot about it, probably with lots of insults. And there are other people who don’t want to be yelled at.

There is a certain tendency to assume that marginalized people are the ANGRY ONES and privileged people are the ones who don’t want to be yelled at. I have no idea where this conclusion came from.


Things I read this week:

Very little, as I was eaten alive by finals.

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