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His signature Afro hairstyle has been trimmed back over the years, but he is holding a thick old book of the sort you might expect Malcolm Gladwell to carry. Gladwell is probably the best-known living popular intellectual.
It brings out a whole different side of my personality. Some of those podcasts are almost self-parodies. What prohibits people from having too much fun in traditional media forms is fear of Bad Times - Various - Dope-Guns-N-Fucking In The Streets Volumes 4-7. He has never had a career plan, he says.
I was at a loss as to what to do, and a friend showed me an ad in the back of a magazine [the American Spectator] for assistant editor, and I applied for the job I wanted to go into advertising.
I still think of it as a fascinating profession. The idea of telling a story in 30 seconds is extraordinary. I read somewhere that as a young teenager he wrote a pamphlet influenced by the conservative US pundit William F Buckley. Did that right-wing contrarianism come from the fact that he lived in liberal Canada? I was briefly a kind of Reaganite. I had a stance. Canada was so uniformly socialist-left at the Missing U - Divine - Fairy Tales that if you wanted to rebel you had to go to the obvious extreme.
Is that when his instinct for counterintuitive positions first took hold? He laughs. I was quite happy to be the odd man out. What did he learn from being a reporter? I learned how to write clearly. I learned how to report. I learned objectivity. I listened Reporting teaches you that much of what people believe is wrong. And it teaches you that there are an infinite amount of stories out there. Where would he place his politics now?
I find political arguments really boring. I like the intellectual challenge of making an argument that appeals to both sides. I desperately want someone like her to listen.
Political ideology is one of 10 different descriptors we could use. In his series of excellent Revisionist History podcasts about civil rights in the southern states of the US, he is very clear that, as a biracial Canadian, the story of African-Americans is not his story.
Why was it so important to point that out? One is an immigrant group. One is there as long as anyone. All those episodes were done as if I was just discovering this stuff for the first time. By coming into a political argument with ideas from social science Blowin Up A Storm - Woody Herman - The First Herd At Carnegie Hall psychology, is he trying to disrupt straightforwardly ideological narratives?
And his explanation is that evolution selected us to believe people, to default to truth, unless we have overwhelming evidence to the contrary You can co-operate, you can start companies, you can do all kinds of things, if you trust.
None of those are possible if you are paranoid and suspicious. These are all liars who are disturbingly obvious liars in retrospect. Then he goes further. A chapter explores the way we learn to read emotions from emotionally transparent Lose Control - The Missess - Something That We Started programmes such as Friends, and consequently end up suspecting people of lies purely because they do not act like people do on television, or the way we believe, inaccurately, that we act ourselves.
Most of this is fascinating. Gladwell puts every story Big Brother (16) Feat. Ernie Joseph* - Confusion the context of personal interactions gone awry due either to our trusting instincts or our attempts to overcorrect in the opposite direction.
But the book becomes more controversial in a chapter on the campus rape case, in which a Stanford University student athlete, Brock Turnerwas found sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. The theory is also strained in the tragic story that opens and closes the book, the story of Sandra Blandan African-American woman who killed herself in jail after an unnecessarily violent arrest for a minor traffic infraction.
I totally think that encounter is about race. I just think that talking about it in that way is not productive. In the book Gladwell breaks down the interaction between the police officer and Bland which was filmed on a dashcam and credibly casts it as the interaction of a man trained to view everyone with suspicion and an understandably emotional woman.
Lose Control - The Missess - Something That We Started I think that any time soon the United States can alter its legacy of racial oppression? What can you do? Well, you can change police practice and training, to minimise incidents. So, if Lullaby - Delain - The Human Contradiction understand him, Lose Control - The Missess - Something That We Started order to make his arguments about police procedure in a way people of all political persuasions can agree with, he prefers not to focus on the issue of race, an avoidance that risks making liberals like myself uncomfortable.
Lose Control - The Missess - Something That We Started in one instance [the Sandra Bland story] a factor is overly present [race] and blurs our attempts to complexity.
That could be read as victim blaming. One thing I think is unacknowledged in some progressive interpretations of these events [is that] they seem to be wholly concerned with adjudicating the case at hand and apportioning blame, and relatively unconcerned with preventing the problem from happening again. The lesson of the Sandra Bland story is that we let fear of crime and fear of the other and fear of black people in America allow us to turn police from normal default-to-truthers into paranoid crazy people.
Does he feel a tension between presenting all the complex facts and telling a compelling story? Academics by definition are not going to tell you a clean, compelling story. But I think if your audience is starting from scratch you have a different set of responsibilities. That was the best theory we had. So I think I was naive, and criminology was naive a little bit.
Now we know more. Given his work often involves overturning existing dogmas, how does he feel when his own writing is taken as dogma by some readers? Good Lord. Why would you do that? It costs money. In the ideal scenario, he says, he sees his relationship with his readers and listeners as an ongoing one.
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