journalism

The Agony of Corrections (because there is no Ecstasy about them).

About a year ago, I reviewed a show at the Woolly Mammoth Theater. The monologist, who I had interviewed the week before, emailed me the day the story ran to tell me that I had gotten a couple of details* wrong. I have to admit, I had taken very limited notes during the show, so I accepted what he said, ran the correction and moved on.

Nine months later, This American Life turned this monologist’s show into a one-hour episode. My roommate had seen the live show with me and told me about the podcast. I figured I’d get around to listening to Mike Daisey’s take on Apple’s working conditions in China later, after I caught up with other TAL episodes. I’d already seen him live, so there was no rush to relive the play.

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Chuck Klosterman is always right.

“One of the inherent problems with feature writing is that the slant for most stories is decided long before the journalist goes anywhere or talks to anyone. This is nobody’s fault; it’s just how things work. In order to get a story assigned, either the editor or the writer has to create a reason for why said story needs to be written. As a result, the proposed thesis of an article often becomes its ultimate conclusion. And this is (usually) a bad idea, since these presuppositions are (usually) totally wrong.”

— From “Chuck Klosterman IV”

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