Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
Jonah Lehrer, a best-selling author and prolific journalist who wrote for Wired, Scientific American Mind, the Wall Street Journal and other publications, has resigned from his position as a New Yorker staff writer after an article in Tablet Magazine reported that he had fabricated quotes in his latest book “Imagine.”
A few weeks ago, Lehrer was contacted by Michael C. Moynihan, a contributor to Tablet, about several Bob Dylan quotes that were hard to verify. Initially, Lehrer lied and tried to divert Moynihan by citing yet unavailable footage from a documentary and an ongoing collaboration with Dylan’s manager. After a few phone calls, Moynihan contacted Lehrer once again and called him out on the numerous inconsistencies. Lehrer admitted he had taken some quotes out of context, and fabricated others.
“The lies are over now,” he said in a statement. “I understand the gravity of my position. I want to apologize to everyone I have let down, especially my editors and readers. I also owe a sincere apology to Mr. Moynihan. I will do my best to correct the record and ensure that my misquotations and mistakes are fixed. I have resigned my position as staff writer at The New Yorker.”
Last month, Lehrer was involved in a “self-plagiarism” scandal. Back then, Jim Romenesko pointed out that Lehrer had used the same opening paragraph he had used in an October Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal in his recently inaugurated New Yorker blog. After that initial finding, reporters from several outlets highlighted several other instances in which Lehrer had used, word-for-word, whole paragraphs from his earlier writings in more recent articles. Though he was not fired (a product of the male arrogance that pervades magazine culture, according to Michelle Dean), his blog posts were amended and his byline has been largely absent from the Web since June 13.
Lehrer’s previous blunder, though often downplayed as laziness, is a behavior that many attribute to the pressures of the contemporary publishing world. With this latest fabrication, Lehrer is approaching Jayson Blair territory.
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.