Voting for judges hurts democracy

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Elections, Law, Op-ed, Politics

By Oliver Morrison This country was founded on the idea that people should be allowed to vote: no taxation without representation. Every election a new generation is transitioned gently to adulthood with the admonition “rock the vote.” The right to vote has become so sacrosanct that even undemocratic countries such as North Korea and Syria […]

The immigration decision against Obama makes no sense

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Immigration, Politics

The argument behind the recent setback to Obama’s executive orders on immigration doesn’t make much sense. It reads (from the Nytimes): “The court finds that the government’s failure to secure the border has exacerbated illegal immigration into this country,” Judge Hanen wrote. “Further, the record supports the finding that this lack of enforcement, combined with […]

Why Ballghazi matters

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Sports
Why Ballghazi matters

The New England Patriots lose far fewer fumbles compared to other teams in the NFL and it’s not even close. At first, when the media focus was on throwing and catching, the idea of a deflated ball influencing one or two catches a game, didn’t seem like a huge deal. But when you consider its potential impact on fumbles, i.e. turnovers–probably the most decisive event in football games–it really matters.

The Times should’ve printed the Charlie Hebdo cover

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Journalism criticism, Media

The job of the news should be to clarify where there is rumor, confusion, misinterpretation: printing the cartoon and helping guide readers toward a more accurate reading of its meaning seems in line with journalism’s purpose, and avoiding this gives off the impression that there is some truth to those who view the cover as incendiary.

Cosby and Allen are not equivalent

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Art and Entertainment, Diversity, tv

Race isn’t the only difference separating the two: the plausibility of their respective crimes are pretty different, i.e. 20 accusations vs 1. Plus Cosby hasn’t done anything culturally relevant for decades, except chastise black men to pull up their pants, whereas Allen has made a number of above average, if not great, films.

An Affair to remember

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in criticism, tv

A Slate article dishes on the Affair. My response: I think this clever review needs a more dispassionate third perspective (like the role of the police in the show). The criticism that he’s a cad seems besides the point: the show tells us that but also has us rooting for him, giving us both the […]

The end is nigh: the impending end of j-school

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Cuny Jschool
The end is nigh: the impending end of j-school

Here are two silly videos I made with Melanie Bencosme for video storytelling class inspired by the end of our time in j-school.

Choza taqueria: elegant street fair, overpriced blood-battles

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Food, Uncategorized
Choza taqueria: elegant street fair, overpriced blood-battles

The other tacos wilted and submitted but the chorizo taste parried every hot challenger with a new dimension, with the blood-red grease stains on the tortillas you’d expect from such a full flavored fight.

Not just another murder and sex show

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Art and Entertainment, criticism, tv

By Oliver Morrison “The Affair,” a new ten-episode series from Showtime, has managed to find a new crime subgenre in this age of over-saturation. Shows such as “Twin Peaks” and more recently “The Killing” found new territory by unearthing the warping consequences of a single murder for a whole season that murder-an-episode shows such as […]

Data this week: the shocking impact of babies on couples

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Data analysis
Data this week: the shocking impact of babies on couples

Having a second child doesn’t negatively affect a couple’s views about their financial situation. Part of this could be that the biggest change came after the first child and, as the article points out, a second child costs relatively less. But what’s perplexing is that the extra financial burden bothers men less than it does women. Is this because, as women, they’re losing financial power in the relationship, by taking off work, which causes them to be more dependent on their husband and fall behind in their career advancement? Could it be that this explains the fall in women’s happiness in the first chart–that, though they’re relationships are better, its offset by the losses they experience professionally?