My media week 31/10/10

On the Edge website Lera Boroditsky argues that her research does indeed show that language shapes our thought. People who speak different languages think differently and that even flukes of grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world.

Radio 4’s The Media Show features an interview with former newspaper proprietor Conrad Black, a look at I, The Independent’s cut price quality newspaper and a discussion about newspaper paywalls.

Behavioural economics has repeatedly been telling us how badly consumers are at making rational decisions. In this article Matt Ridley argues that civil servants are not immune from their own biases: Studying the Biases of Bureaucrats

And finally The Onion has a video explaining how Alcoholics Anonymous has ruined the lives of many families: AA Destroying The Social Lives Of Thousands Of Once-Fun Americans


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