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David R. Wheeler
David R. Wheeler is a journalism professor and freelance writer.
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5. You don't have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude. 4. Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees. (Philosophers have conflicting interpretations of this lyric.) 3. When you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills (you know the one —Dr. Everything'll Be All Right), instead of asking him how... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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Age: 16 "'Today's music ain't got the same soul'? Yeah, spoken like a truly old guy." Age: 18 "'Twenty years now / where'd they go? / Twenty years / I don't know.' What a loser. Nobody wants to hear you whine about getting old." Age: 26 "On the other hand,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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5. You involuntarily over-pronounce the "t" in "literally." 4. With your new gift for convoluted syntax, you turn the obvious into the confusing. 3. You experiment with higher pitch and increased volume at the end of your sentences. 2. You come up with creative new names for the bathroom. 1.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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Not only are we slaves to technology; we're also slaves to technology's opinion of us. By now, you've seen the Google Autocomplete Embarrassment Map of the United States, which shows Google's attempt to guess what you're going to ask about a particular state. I live in Kentucky. When you type,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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4. Burning the roof of your mouth with hot pizza. I've done this several times, and I've never laughed about it. Not even once. 3. Not being able to find the cart return at Kroger Why do all the cart returns disappear when you need them? I mean, I want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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In today's Wall Street Journal, Stephanie Banchero writes about the Philadelphia public school system, the latest district whose teachers have given in to the temptation to change answers on high-stakes tests. She writes: The drama in Philadelphia—a district in such financial straits it almost didn't open on time this past... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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The Internet exploded with giddiness yesterday at Bill Murray's "AMA" on Reddit. The Verge's headline read: "Bill Murray talks about comedy, sandwiches, and 'Garfield' in Reddit AMA." Mental Floss' headline read: "14 Things We Learned from Bill Murray's Reddit AMA." I love Bill Murray, and I loved reading all the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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A big thank-you to Tim Harrower, design guru and author of The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, who gave me his take on (what I consider to be) The New York Times' ineffectual redesign. He says: What concerns me on the home page isn't the layout; it's the typographic inefficiency. Do those... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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The New York Times launched its redesigned website on Jan. 8. Much fanfare ensued. The CNN/Money site declared that the new design "points to (the) future of online publishing." Really? Here's a screenshot of the old home page: And a screenshot of today's homepage: (Special thanks to my sister, Natalie,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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It is the best of states. It is the worst of states. Or so says Business Insider magazine, which included two Kentucky metro areas in its "10 most miserable cities" list and three Kentucky cities in its "10 best small towns" list. Both in the span of a month. Is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
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I was pleased to see Alan S. Blinder's op-ed piece in today's Wall Street Journal. In the piece, Blinder makes the following observation: It may seem strange to cast technology in the role of the villain, and in a larger sense it's not. Improving technology is the main source of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Subordinate Claws
Check out my student's blog on SEO! http://seotoolstoday.com/2011/07/15/hello-world/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
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As the adviser to the Collegian student newspaper, I'm no longer the one pushing for change. The staff is coming to me with their ideas. It's a great feeling. Read managing editor Riah Lawry's blog post on how the staff successfully redesigned the paper from a broadsheet to a tab... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
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I was hoping, during my month in Florence this summer, to escape (however briefly) from America and its low-brow obsessions. To look at paintings rather than watch television. To have face-to-face conversations in a piazza rather than computer-mediated conversations over Facebook. So when I learned that the cast of Jersey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
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Why am I on a train in Livorno, Italy, in the first place? This summer, I’m writing for The Florentine, an English-language newspaper that caters to the expat community in Florence. My assignment is to write three to five travel articles about beaches along the Etruscan Coast. For most non-Italian... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
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Alex Balk at The Awl wrote a poem in response to my article in The Atlantic—and he concluded the poem with a link to my article. First of all, Alex, you're a creative genius. Second, thanks for linking to my full article—I will return the favor. The first two stanzas... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
David R. Wheeler is now following Jason Lee Miller
Apr 25, 2011
When it comes to human trafficking, the media often get it wrong, says Marissa Castellanos, who spoke to Asbury journalism students this week. Marissa is the program manager for the human trafficking task force of Catholic Charities of Louisville. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
In the good old days, back when terrestrial radio played good bands, back before I got satellite radio, back when Z-103 was still Z-103 (not "Z Rock"), back when Z-103 played bands like Beck and the Beastie Boys, Z-103's morning crew included Freak Daddy, Sticky, and Holly. Remember them? Officially, Sticky was the sports guy, but he talked about so much more than sports. Officially, Holly was the weather girl, but she talked about so much more than the weather. In fact, some days, they never even got around to sports and the weather. We tuned in to hear them banter about whatever was on their mind. Officially, your blog will be about the writing life.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2011 on An I’m-Not-Crying Reboot at Off Topic
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When I teach a unit on movie reviews, I make sure we take a few minutes in class to read The New Yorker's scathing review of the 2000 movie Left Behind, starring Kirk Cameron. "If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'Rapture' is Blondie,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
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The average age of New York Times readers: 42. The average age of Wall Street Journal readers: 52. The average age of CBS Evening News viewers: 60.2—and this is the YOUNGEST audience of the three network newscasts, according to a New York Times article today discussing Katie Couric's expected departure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
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Andy Bechtel at The Editor's Desk has compiled a great list of headlines from The Springfield Shopper, The National Informer, and other publications that exist only in the world of The Simpsons. GraphicsHunt.com Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Subordinate Claws
Also, is that a Mondrian painting behind you?
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2011 on Why a blog? Why now? at Off Topic
Let's see: Your work has been cited by The New York Times, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and CNet-News.com, and you've been published in The Accolade, Eurasia Critic, and Ontologica. I think you're allowed to blog about whatever you want and skip the niche thing.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2011 on Why a blog? Why now? at Off Topic
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Recent entries include "En masse made easy" and "Flying carpets and foreign food." Photo by Anna Leon. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at Subordinate Claws