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Fellows Travel Phrasebook: A user's guide to the strange language of the 2014 WPI fellows

Fellows Travel Phrasebook: A user's guide to the strange language of the 2014 WPI fellows

“Extreme FOMO”

Definition: The intense fear of missing out on experiences, places or events.

Usage: An expression of the state of anxiety generally caused by having hit a wall of exhaustion and being unable to join in a particular group activity as a result. For instance, “Guys, I have extreme FOMO that you’re all going to this awesome-sounding place and doing this awesome-sounding thing, but I need to sleep / pack my suitcase / write my blog.” And then you miss something like this:

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Of newsrooms and noise

Of newsrooms and noise

The opportunities we’ve had in the last several weeks to visit some of the most fabled newsrooms in the U.S. have been both inspiring and humbling. Whether standing by the hallowed coffee machines of the New York Times after attending the morning news meeting, or making idle chit chat in the elevator at the Washington Post, I’ve been struck by how hard so many people must have worked in these newsrooms, to turn them into the living legends that they are.

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A dangerous game

A dangerous game

The translucent green of the double-volume Journalists Memorial Gallery at the Newseum, lends it a serene air that belies its darker nature. It is, when one stops to think about it, a sombre sight to behold: the names of thousands of journalists who’ve died in the field over the last 177 years, etched into panel after panel of sandblasted glass to form a wall that stretches two stories high.

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News as entertainment: the wonderful world of U.S. television

“BREAKING: Officer on Ferguson crowd control relieved of duty” screams across the bottom of the screen, blocky white letters on a bright CNN-red strap. A day later, the same story is still running as breaking, with a new twist: “LIVE: Cop suspended over hate-filled rant”.

(If you’ve been living under a rock and need some context on this story, click here.) 

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