Reblog, as this is one of my favorite MST3K’s!
More Long Reads from the C-Train:
- Excuse Us While We Kiss the Sky, by Matthew Power - An intimate ride-around with a group of badass urban explorers. Some interesting academic points about the way we think about space too.
- Everybody Wants a Piece of Kimani Gray, by Nick Pinto with Ryan Devereaux - A primer on the protests in Brooklyn after the death of Kimani Gray from a solid reporter.
- Me and You and Everyone We Know: The Many (Many, Many) Faces of Internet Multiples, by Jessica Roy - A quick dive in to the strange world of “multiples,” bodies who seem to have multiple people inside of them.
- Why We Need a Web That Forgives and Forgets, by Chris R. Albon - This is a short opinion piece, but I find it’s argument interesting enough to include here. A continuation of my attempt to understand what Snapchat really means for the future of the Internet.
- A Friendly Conversation with a Banker, by Mike Dang - If you’re curious about how a 28-year-old who makes $250K thinks about money.
- “I Didn’t Know Exactly What Rape Was”, by Jenny Trout - In the wake of the Steubenville guilty verdicts, a writer shares her thoughts on rape. Is “no means no” failing us as a education tool?
- We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story, by Sallie Tisdale - This one’s pretty intense, but if you want to know what it’s like to be a nurse who assists in abortions, this gets pretty specific.
This story appeared in the news today. It forgets to mention one quite important thing. The question asked was: “Which Government do you think would be best at representing Scotland and Scottish interests in the European Union?”
Now the eagle eyed among you will note the use of the phrase Scotland and Scottish in the question. It invites whomever answers the survey to frame the question in Scottish terms, meaning the answer of ‘the Scottish Government of course!’ is not as amazing as it first appears.
Change the question to “you and your families interests”, “Britain and British Interests” or “Who would you prefer to represent you at European Union, Westminster or the Scottish Parliament” and results would differ radically for all three.
Now I don’t blame the SNP. All political parties, I mean all of them, do exactly this on a regular basis and examples from all the major political parties exists of this very phenomenon.
However. surely it is the job of press to ensure that when polls like this are reported that we explain their limitations?
Map of Constantinople in 1841