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Memo to Salon: it really should not be this hard*

The New York Times isn’t the only news outlet that can’t write an accurate headline these days.

Morningly blog posts dedicated to recapping last night’s late night rank among my least favorite practices in passionate pursuit of page views. Ostensibly reputable websites should report on things that actually happen in the real world, not simply parrot what a few comedians had to say about it the night before.

Listen, I understand the motivation: pageviews. But is it really too much to ask that the pointless headlines generated in this way at least try and be accurate?

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Forget Orson Scott Card: Is Ender’s Game inherently homophobic?

Now that Ender’s Game has finally been released, the debate over boycotting the movie because of its author has been rekindled.

I’m not writing to weigh in on that debate — I already did that back in July — but to ask a very simple question. Forget Orson Scott Card. He’s a vile person for many reasons that have nothing to do with homophobia.

Granted.

But it seems to me that in focusing on its author, the campaign against Ender’s Game may be overlooking an element within the text itself of which it may not approve.

For instance, Vulture released A Primer on Orson Scott Card and the Ender’s Game Controversy, which included an extensive timeline of the author’s career as it relates to the controversy, but had only this to say about the release of his signature work:

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