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Whitney Phillips
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Whitney Phillips Jan 11
Oh my goodness I'll start crying, I was just doing my best! And had such great feedback from so many people, so vigorous hat tip to everyone who helped. And thank you again!
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Whitney Phillips Jan 11
I'm so honored you'd include me in this! Thanks for reading and thanks for writing this and I appreciate you and happy 2019!
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Whitney Phillips Jan 4
Replying to @evemassacre
Hey thank you for sharing this! I appreciate it
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Whitney Phillips Dec 28
2019 feels like a character in a suspense novel, made even more suspenseful by the fact that 2019 isn't fiction. Glad to see smart work like this, as we all try to figure out what comes next (is this a happy New Year's tweet? I think it might be the closest I've got).
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Whitney Phillips Dec 23
I would love that! And have cited you more than just about anybody this year, so thank you for the work you do and happy happy holidays!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 20
Thanks for linking, and just as importantly, I must tip my hat to , who introduced me to that concept!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 19
Hey awesome! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, it was great!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 19
Replying to @sociolinguista
Also in his persistent game of double dare he’s playing, always, to a far right audience - reporters are a pawn in that, and they know it. Combative exchanges are the best possible outcome for that whole ecosystem bc they support/cohere wi a totally alternate narrative paradigm
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Whitney Phillips Dec 19
Replying to @sociolinguista
That’s been his game all along & also underlies “fake news” accusations- basically, be nice to me, or I’ll call you fake/the enemy of the people/etc which will hijack, undermine and divert critical reporting. Rhetorically that’s very tricky whatever the nature of the reporting
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Whitney Phillips Dec 19
Replying to @sociolinguista
It’s a different kind of reporting/situation for sure, but I think the underlying dynamic/trap is the same—by asking friendly questions, he wins bc no pushback to lies etc. And by asking combative questions, he wins bc those moments “prove” bias
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Whitney Phillips Dec 18
Replying to @MarkOnFire @TTBOOK
Thank you again, it's so cool and weird to see an idea that was in your head, be in the world!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 18
Replying to @MarkOnFire @TTBOOK
Hey thank you! I'm glad you think the term is helpful, turns out "docenting" isn't a word, but I think it communicates the idea pretty well / makes me think of someone directing my focus in a museum, and all the stuff that doesn't get noticed as a result
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Whitney Phillips Dec 18
Replying to @sociolinguista
That was the focus of this article, yeah! It's tricky indeed, and ties more broadly into the "owning the libs" meme
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Whitney Phillips Dec 18
Hey awesome, thanks for reading!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 17
Hey thank you! I've been so lucky to work with such awesome people & have also been given lots of freedom to focus on the stuff I'm most interested in/worried about, which is such a cool (well, and stressful, but that's ok) place to be. Happy holidays to you and thank you again!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 17
Replying to @thosjleeper
Hey awesome, thanks for reading! That book has proven to be a pretty interesting/strange time capsule (though eventually I'll want to write a new preface to address all the post-2015 awfulness) and I appreciate you taking the time to revisit that history!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 13
Replying to @marcmarti
Thanks for sharing this!
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Whitney Phillips Dec 13
Replying to @mckelveyf
+1 to you for the support and human niceness! Here's hoping the structural problems will ultimately get structural solutions---- or at least, here's hoping we let go of the illusion that anything LESS than structural solutions will do anything (other than make things worse)
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Whitney Phillips Dec 13
Replying to @MarechalPhD
Thank is kind, thank you! -- I don't know, longterm, how confident I am that these changes will be made (capitalism is a hell of a drug), but only in 2018 could "have more anxiety" be a positive New Year's resolution
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Whitney Phillips Dec 13
Replying to @beccalew
Oh you are too kind, thank you------ it was so cool they asked me to contribute!
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