When the press failed to anticipate the most catastrophic financial crisis in 80 years, reporters were focusing on the wrong things, responding to the wrong incentives and writing the wrong kind of stories.
ProPublica’s series on the dangers of the acetaminophen found in Tylenol highlights the importance of investigative work; a poem written by an Alexandrian poet in 1898 about the government’s idleness is extremely relevant these days; meanwhile, research shows apologizing, even for something outside your control, establishes trust. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Studies show nations such as Ghana and El Salvador reject gays far more than their more affluent counterparts; Wisconsin legislators are trampling on investigative journalism; meanwhile, the modern manufacturing industry manages to be both a tremendous economic driver and a tough business in which to get a job. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Reading mass media news articles is unhealthy and causes unhappiness, so stop it; Americans want to know more about socialism, as evidenced by Merriam-Webster’s two most searched entries in 2012; meanwhile the Swedes were dissatisfied with gendered pronouns and have officially incorporated a third, gender-neutral one into their language. These discoveries and more after the jump.