This Week

Everyone Is Wrong

Every Friday we take a look back at the week’s headlines, centering on a theme we’ve singled out as particularly important. This week, the opinion column’s wrath bled well beyond its confines with the headlines full of people calling others out, correcting them, and setting them straight.

Corrections to stories from the Middle East—e.g., “farewell sex”—that were too good last week to fact-check:

Blame it on journalists unfamiliar with their subject matter, the demands of an ever-quicker news cycle, or simply salacious stories that were “too good to check.”

Chairs are about status, power, and control—and they suck:

I hate to piss on the party, but chairs suck. All of them. No designer has ever made a good chair, because it is impossible.

Tribute to the 1950s, a high point in American culture killed by highbrows:

we can see that the 1950s were in fact a high point for American culture—a period when many in the vast middle class aspired to elevate their tastes and were given the means and opportunity to do so.

Open letter to NFL recruits encourages them to keep family near, and to stay far away from interior decorators:

With all of this pushing against you, the role of friends and family becomes very important. There are people in this world to whom you’re just Andrew and Robert.

Reddit users attempt to convince members to love musical genres they say they hate:

The first thing to understand about the Insane Clown Posse is that you are not about to hear “good rap” in the traditional sense.

Will Self bemoans the lack of difficult mainstream art:

We are in danger of becoming morbidly obese through the consumption of fast culture.

Attacks and rebuttals about cheap, quick food being “the single most important advance in human history”:

Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m not just talking about chefs and their ubiquitous circulators and vacuum sealers, either.

Battle notes from the McDonald’s counteroffensive to convince skeptics they’re wrong about fast food:

In the last year alone, nuns in Philadelphia, Seventh-day Adventists in California, doctors in Chicago and activists in Boston have warred with McDonald’s over its menu.

Reading novels (and memoirs) is good for you:

Fiction enhances our ability to understand other people; it promotes a deep morality that cuts across religious and political creeds.

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