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Alternate Realities Roundup 9/13

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-09-13 -

Public universities have begun offering special tuition discounts to wealthy students while offering fewer grants to low-income students.

Top of the Alty World

“State schools ramp up aid for the wealthy, leaving poor behind.”--ProPublica

Videos and photos of flash floods in Colorado.--Mother Jones

Advocates say policies around the country are criminalizing high school students.--Rolling Stone

Deadspin questions whether the NFL is blacklisting Kerry Rhodes because he's gay.--Deadspin

Top of Alty Utah

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, is looking to ban medical-waste incineration, following recent exhaust releases from the Stericycle facility in North Salt Lake.--Utah Political Capitol

New research supports the theory that a Utah cave was the site of an ancient massacre.--Salt Lake City Weekly

A group readies to launch Utah's first clean-needle distribution program to keep addicts from contracting and spreading diseases.--Salt Lake City Weekly

Bryan Schott calls out Utah Political Capitol as “activism masquerading as journalism” after the news blog sent out a press-release-like e-mail about Utah Attorney General John Swallow.--Schott Happens

Rantosphere

Utah Political Capitol editor Curtis Haring responds to criticism of the “media alert” e-mail.

“Response to these actions was swift: One author decided to leave UPC as a writer, instead choosing to be an independent contributor. I received several calls and text messages asking why such an article would be distributed and expressing concern that the actions would damage UPC’s reputation.

Some on Twitter scoffed at the actions, asking if UPC were purposefully inserting itself into the Swallow debate, and one blog post, written by Brian Schott, was particularly acute in its analysis, stating that “this blurring of the lines between news and activism is troubling… [it] is not acceptable if they want to be considered a legitimate news outlet. I couldn’t agree more. Though I was unaware of the article until after the fact, and though I do not approve of the tone, language, or distribution method of the article, they none the less took place. As editor-in-chief, I take full responsibility for what occurred, as well as the aftermath.”--Utah Political Capitol

The Long View

The Verge looks at the Internet's “Cult of the Angry Young Man” that has allowed women to be harassed, stalked, and threatened with sexual violence, while social-media platforms and law enforcement shrug their shoulders about what can be done.

“Holly Jacobs, 30, has started a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending revenge porn and supporting its victims. Jacobs knows firsthand that these sites are killers of reputations and relationships. Three years ago, Jacobs was studying for her Ph.D in industrial-organizational psychology and working as a consultant at a university when a former boyfriend began posting nude photos of her online. The embarrassment and terror were just the beginning. Jacobs’ ex sent copies of the photos to her boss and suggested she was sexually preying on students. Jacobs’ employers, fearing bad press, asked her to prove she didn’t upload the photos herself. She finally felt compelled to change her name; Jacobs is the new name. The low point came at her parent’s house, when Jacobs’ mother told her she had seen the pictures. She called them "disgusting." Seething, she asked her daughter if she intended to become a porn star.”--The Verge

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