Five Star's 322nd Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Paula Hawkins

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by a swift shift of gears online, the danger of false balance presented in journalism, thoughts about vaginas and personal history, reflections on a newfound love, loving the lost, the nuances of language and culture, the fact that all shaming online is not equal, and Paula Hawkins:

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
— Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Happy reading!

"Why I Abandoned My Popular Social Media Presence" by Annie at Ethical Thinker:

"You're giving away 80,000 followers?!", one twitter friend asked/exclaimed in a direct message when I explained what I was doing.
A lot of people have been surprised by my choice, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense and felt right.

"The Most Egregious Example of False Balance" by Karen Ernst at The Vaccine Blog:

Discussions about vaccines are not debates, and the science behind vaccines does not have two sides any more than the science behind the roundness of the Earth does. So why are journalists still trying to balance their reporting about immunization with “the other side”?

"mary’zine #61: April 2013" by Mary McKenney at Editorite:

I never knew how attached I was to place. I thought I was living in my head so filled with fantasies and anxieties, but now I see that every fearful or wishful thought was embodied in a yard, a driveway, a basement, a garden, a crabapple tree, a homemade fort that held a predator and me, a tunnel dug beyond any adult’s knowing that could have killed us kids.

"Reflections of a Rookie Writer" by Dina L. Relles at Commonplace:

I started writing regularly a mere six months ago. I jumped in with eyes wide shut.

"I Take In Strays" by Pandahaus at PandaHaus:

Under a bush in early November, a ball of gray mourned his condition to the cold air. I heard him cry in the mornings before children gathered in the parking lot to ride the school bus. The howl was a daily reminder there would soon be a dead cat outside my window. Winter is absolute in Minnesota.
But I take in strays.

"Murmurs" by Jocelyn at O Mighty Crisis:

He was such a nice guy, one of the first to make us feel comfortable when we moved to the village in central Turkey. Thus, it was a shock when he asked me to become his mistress.

"For Shame" by Bonnie Stewart at The Theoryblog:

We don’t want a society entirely driven by shame. Those always turn out dangerous. But I am wary of the ways that pundits and media are lining up to denounce shame at this juncture, particularly when their words tend to sympathize with the risks that white, middle class Justine Saccos face in this “mob morality”…

And because you are a fan of finding good, new writing online: