Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Laura Ellis: We talk a lot on the Strange Fruit podcast about intersecting oppressions and how they tend to multiply a person’s vulnerability in society. For example, we know LGBTQ folks are more likely to experience a multitude of harms; they are more likely to commit suicide, be homeless, etc. For LGBTQ people of color, the odds are worse. Add poverty, disability, transgender status, etc. to the mix and the vulnerability multiplies. A story I read this week illustrates the concept of intersecting oppressions in a heartbreaking way. It looks at prisoners (a disenfranchised population by definition) with disabilities, specifically in the Florida legal system. The fates that befall them are shocking, and their powerlessness in the situation is chilling. Read Deaf Prisoners in Florida Face Abuse and Solitary Confinement.
Bonus: But, I want you to know that I’m also reading everything I can get my hands on about the Sunglasses Motorcycle Dog of Istanbul.
Rick Howlett: The NBA finals have begun. The national TV broadcasts now include brief in-game chats with the head coaches, not only as they leave the floor at halftime, but during some timeouts. I’ve always found these little Q and A’s uncomfortable and of no informational value, but that’s just me. Some coaches are clearly put off by the intrusion. ESPN has a nice piece this week about the terror shared by sideline reporters who have to interview San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich during games. The coach, to put it mildly, is a reluctant participant, especially when the Spurs are losing. Read Do Not Disturb: Gregg Popovich.
Devin Katayama: This week check out this story about Vint Cerf, one of the recognized founders of the Internet. Gizmodo chumps put together a Socratic dialog with Cerf at a bowling alley.Cerf discusses how the internet came about, time travel, Google, and where the Internet is headed. From the story:
“Internet is like a mirror. And it reflects back whatever the society is. And so people get all upset about pornography and hate speech, and they get upset about terrorism websites. I mean, all these bad things. Or fraud and abuse, stalking, all these bad things happen. It’s true, they happen without the Internet, and they happen on the Internet, because the general public is there. Well. So here we have this mirror showing us all these bad stuff. Then the question is, what happens when you see bad stuff in the mirror? Well you don’t fix the mirror. The Internet is a mirror. That doesn’t do any good. Fixing the Internet will not fix the problem. You gotta fix the people that are reflected in the mirror.”
Joseph Lord: We’re big on Triple Crown hype here in Louisville, but it’s been a let down every single year of my life (and a few before I was born, too). Tampering with tradition is a hard thing to consider, and I’m not saying it should be done in this case. But this New York Times writer argues otherwise. Read After 35 Years Without a Triple Crown, It’s Time to Break With Tradition.