Penultimate Paragraph Syndrome

The Penul­ti­mate para­graph syn­drome refers to the scare­mon­ger­ing prac­tice, espe­cial­ly rife among British tabloid news­pa­pers, of run­ning lengthy, ram­bling sto­ries long on moral pan­ic and false infer­ence, and coun­ter­bal­anc­ing this with a sin­gle para­graph at the end which, with sol­id and cred­i­ble sci­en­tif­ic sources, dis­miss­es the entire piece — but which will go almost entire­ly unno­ticed.

Spare a thought for the Western men trapped in Japan

These West­ern men do not real­ly have to learn the lan­guage or try to fit in. Their Japan­ese girl­friends or wives will take care of the major­i­ty of things for them. Their careers, espe­cial­ly teach­ing ones, also may not require Japan­ese pro­fi­cien­cy. They are nev­er sub­ject­ed to sex­u­al harass­ment, abuse or sex­ism.” But is this the full sto­ry?

Antiwork – a radical shift in how we view “jobs”

Anti­work is what we do out of love, fun, inter­est, tal­ent, enthu­si­asm, inspi­ra­tion, etc. Only a lucky few get paid enough from it to live on, yet it prob­a­bly enrich­es our lives and ben­e­fits soci­ety more than most jobs do.

A Job at McDonald’s Now Includes Singing and Dancing on Demand

TV spec­ta­tors of last night’s Super Bowl were treat­ed to many slick, high-con­cept ads, but one prob­a­bly stuck out to the mil­lions of McDon­ald’s employ­ees who were watch­ing: the com­pa­ny’s spot trum­pet­ing its new “pay with lovin’ ” cam­paign. The com­pa­ny is rolling out a new way to bribe cus­tomer loy­al­ty amid declin­ing sales by ran­dom­ly pick­ing some who will get their food and drink for free. Instead of mon­ey, they have to pay with “lovin.’ ”

US artist retypes Amis’s Lucky Jim verbatim

Tim Youd is copy­ing out Kings­ley Amis’s clas­sic of aca­d­e­m­ic life on the same type­writer it was writ­ten on, at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leices­ter cam­pus that inspired it – the 32nd nov­el he has recre­at­ed