Steve Yelvington: Things I wish tech journalists would learn
This item caught my eye. so I thought I’d repeat it here while I’m working on a couple of longer pieces. I agree with what Mr Yelvington says; not so sure about some of the comments.
I see someone obligingly offered an example of the “Is your comment simply an excuse to plug your service or product?” tendency (see here). Anyone, even an American, who says “awesome” when he means “very good” or just “better than average” is a prat.
Many years ago, Darrel Huff published a book called How to Lie with Statistics. Teaching lying wasn’t its purpose, as you might guess. Rather, it was an aid to detecting and correcting the misleading presentation of numbers. It’s still available.