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Exposure: Sinking To A Despicable Low

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 3, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Many will already have caught this story, which hit the news media and the world of literature yesterday: Claudio Gatti, an Italian ‘journalist’ claims to have discovered the identity of the writer Elena Ferrante, and has had no reservations in revealing it. I do not doubt for one moment that many will view this revelation […]

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Photography: Recycling The Old As New

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 28, 2016 in Photography |

The labor market is improving. How long have Americans waited to hear this piece of good news? Well, to be honest, not all that long since there have been regular reports that employment opportunities are growing and that the job market has seen a substantial turn for the better. At least in some areas. Perhaps […]

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Fact Checking: IL News and Anne Coulter

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 28, 2016 in Internet, News & Opinion |

There are times when anyone of a sane disposition, no matter how calm and collected they may wish to appear, just has the feeling that a shovel to the back of the head is as good a solution for someone else as anything sensible. There are some people who cannot think straight – but we […]

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Missed Words, Different Meanings

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 19, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

When you see it… Let’s be honest, the spellchecker would not have caught this one. A grammar checker would undoubtedly have let it slip through and, clearly, an editor is not at work here. So we have a wonderful little piece where someone forgets a single, little, two-letter word, and the whole meaning of a […]

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Truth In Journalism

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 5, 2016 in News & Opinion |

One of our local newspaper groups has decided it is time for a completely new look. The newspapers they produce haven’t changed in several decades, aside from the art of production, so they need to draw some attention to themselves, remind potential customers that they are there and, of course, protect their place in the […]

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Reading The News With A Political Slant

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 30, 2016 in News & Opinion |

If you give ten people a piece of text, ask them to read it and then write down their impressions, you’ll probably get ten different answers. This is something known only too well to the police: ask all the witnesses to describe the man who robbed the store, you’ll get widely differing versions. And so […]

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Charlie Hebdo: I Lost My Sympathy

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 14, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

For over a year I, and countless other people, have been sympathetic towards those who create and publish Charlie Hebdo, the satire magazine from Paris, over their loss. Following a terrorist attack, many of the leading lights in this magazine lost their lives in what can only be described as an act of terror, a […]

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Photography And Reporting: Choosing The Right Image

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 22, 2015 in Internet |

There is an art to choosing the right image for a certain occasion, one which requires forethought, insight and an ability to communicate beyond words. Some can do it, pick out the right image, and some take the short route hoping, perhaps, that no one will notice their laxity. Screenshot Source: Daily Caller / Twitter […]

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A Sad Day For Bacon

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 26, 2015 in Internet |

Never have so many Twitter journalists – and others – worked so hard to create a catchall click-through headline. For some of them, and you can check them all out on Twitter if you feel the need, it is more clickbait than anything else. The World Health Organization has issued a warning that processed meats, […]

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Bild: Celebrating 25 Years Reunification

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 1, 2015 in News & Opinion |

There was an unexpected newspaper in my letterbox this morning. Unexpected because it is a paper which I would never buy, let alone voluntarily read: the Bild Zeitung. This is what some would call a gutterpress publication, aimed at the masses and containing the most basic scandals and precious little else. This edition was published, […]

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