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By Alexandra Petri

ISBN-10: 0698155521

ISBN-13: 9780698155527

Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri turns her satirical eye on her personal existence during this hilarious new memoir...

Most twentysomethings spend loads of time averting awkwardness.

Not Alexandra Petri.

Afraid of rejection? Alexandra Petri has auditioned for America’s subsequent best Model. fearful of having a look like an fool? Alexandra Petri misplaced Jeopardy! by means of answering “Who is that dude?” on nationwide television. petrified of undesirable jokes? Alexandra Petri gained a world pun championship.

Petri has been a debutante, reenacted the Civil conflict, and fended off suitors at a Star Wars conference whereas donning a Jabba the Hutt swimsuit. One time, she enable a few cult individuals she met in the street baptize her, simply to be well mannered. She’s a gourmand of the type of awkwardness that almost all humans spend complete lifetimes attempting to keep away from. If John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris had a baby…they may by no means allow Petri babysit it.

But Petri is the following to inform you: every little thing you worry isn't really so undesirable. belief her. She’s attempted it. And during her misadventures, she’s realized that there are worse issues available in the market than awkwardness—and that attention-grabbing issues begin to occur should you cease being concerned what humans imagine.

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Neben Mathematik spielt bei Statistiken die Psychologie eine bedeutende Rolle. Dies erkennt man allein schon beim Einkauf im Supermarkt, wo mit Preisschildern von 9,99 Euro statt glatten 10,00 Euro das menschliche Gehirn ausgetrickst werden soll. Vor allem bei Superlativen sind Journalisten besonders anfällig, diese unkritisch zu übernehmen. “, „Jahrhundert-Hochwasser in Deutschland“ oder „Neuer Rekord an SmartphoneBesitzern“ zu mehr Aufmerksamkeit als eine differenzierte Überschrift. Gerade bei Statistiken lohnt es sich, zunächst auf der Sachverhaltsebene zu recherchieren und erst anschließend die Ergebnisse zu deuten.

Wenn auf einer Pressekonferenz der Verkehrsminister behauptet, für die neue Autobahn werde kein Wald gerodet, kann ein Naturschutzverband womöglich Belege für das Gegenteil bringen. 24 2 Planung der Recherche Zu belegen, dass etwas nicht stimmt, ist in der Regel einfacher als den positiven Beweis für etwas zu finden. Dies ist im Journalismus genauso wie in der Wissenschaft. „Es gehört (. . ) zur professionellen inneren Haltung eines guten Journalisten, dass er seine eigenen Vorurteile immer wieder überprüft und systematisch auch nach dem sucht, was seine Vorannahmen widerlegt (Falsifikationsprinzip nach Sir Karl Popper)“7 , meint der Hamburger Journalistik-Professor Volker Lilienthal.

Diese eignen sich vor allem am Anfang eines Interviews, um Nervosität zu nehmen und den Gesprächspartner zum Reden zu bringen. “. Wenn man vor seine Frage eine Information vorausschiebt, nennt man dies Balkonfrage. Damit leitet man ein Thema ein und stellt eine gemeinsame Basis her. „Der letzte Film der Hobbit-Trilogie ist in den Kinos angelaufen. “ ist ein Beispiel dafür. “ Hierbei versucht man den Gesprächspartner zu manipulieren. “ In jedem Fall sollte man immer nur eine Frage stellen. Zum einen gerät sonst häufig eine Frage in Vergessenheit.

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