This long read by Andrew Brown for The Guardian is well worth your time. I found it a difficult read though, since the phenomenon it describes is so far apart from my own views, that I often had to reread sentences multiple times before I could overcome my own cognitive dissonance.
When one of the biggest companies in the world has a communication strategy targeting a specific journalist, you know who’s on the right side of the truth.
But when I recently received close to 50 pages of internal Monsanto communications about the company’s plans to target me and my reputation, I was shocked.
I’m just one person, just one reporter working from a home office in the midwest, juggling three kids with irregular writing deadlines. So the knowledge that a multibillion-dollar corporation spent so much time and attention trying to figure out how to thwart me is terrifying.I’m a journalist. Monsanto built a step-by-step strategy to destroy my reputation (by Carey Gillam for The Guardian)
I’ve been saying this for years: I’m always disappointed while eating out in France. This year is no exception. This article explains why (and that I’m not a fool for saying it):
My friends all said: “Oh Paris, how lovely! You must be eating well.” They were surprised to hear me complain that Parisian menus were dull and repetitive. “Paté followed by nothing but entrecôte, entrecôte, entrecôte. Occasionally roast lamb, duck breast. No vegetables to speak of,” I told them. “It’s a tyranny of meat-in-brown-sauce.” As the rest of the world had begun to (re)discover their own cuisines and innovate, the French restaurant seemed to be stagnating in a pool of congealing demi-glace.The Guardian