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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Death of the American newspaper

By Matthew Dicks | January 21, 2010

Is there a person alive who doesn’t lament the possible death of the American newspaper? If so, then why is the American newspaper dying? If we are all so concerned with the loss of the…

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What gives, ladies?

By Matthew Dicks | January 20, 2010

Nicholas Kristof recently wrote an Op-Ed in the NY Times about women and religion, illustrating the oppressive nature that religion continues to exert upon women, excluding them from hierarchies and rituals and failing to denounce…

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Why use Twitter?

By Matthew Dicks | January 20, 2010

When I am asked why I use Twitter, I will reference this article by Howard Rheingold. I’ll then add that I have made friends (some of whom I have subsequently met in real life), garnered…

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If more Republicans were like this… Yikes.

By Matthew Dicks | January 20, 2010

On the day that the Democrats lost a Senate seat once held for forty years by Ted Kennedy, I thought it was worth mentioning that although I tend to lean left on most things, not…

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If I ruled the world…

By Matthew Dicks | January 19, 2010

If I were ruler of the world, I would immediately enact the following laws to improve the quality of life for all of humankind: 1. Drivers who pull alongside one another on the road to…

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Thick skin

By Matthew Dicks | January 19, 2010

In the last month, the following has been said to me by some of my closest friends: This would be much easier to solve if I didn’t have to worry about you using your powers…

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Frightened

By Matthew Dicks | January 18, 2010

I’m currently proofreading Unexpectedly, Milo. This is my last chance to make changes, and they cannot be big ones. A word here or a word there at most. Everything else is pretty much set in…

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“Separate but equal” still alive in Hollywood

By Matthew Dicks | January 18, 2010

My wife and I caught about ten minutes of the Golden Globe Awards last night, and I came away wondering: Why are the best acting awards divided along gender lines? While there are competitive endeavors…

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I was the parent of a teenager, even if some people choose to discount it.

By Matthew Dicks | January 18, 2010

A couple of days ago, I received a phone call from a friend asking for advice about her sick child. The boy was suffering from a lingering fever despite the fever-reducing medication that had been…

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Better ways of feeling good about yourself

By Matthew Dicks | January 17, 2010

Someone recently told me that watching television shows like The Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of Wherever makes people “feel better about themselves.” I suggested the same argument could also be used to defend…

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