MichaelDickens avatar
Michael Dickens
closes Mar 26
Will at least one journalistic outlet quote one of Scott Alexander's "out of context" sentences?
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In a recent post (https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/you-dont-want-a-purely-biological), Scott Alexander wrote:

> This essay contains sentences that would look bad taken out of context. In the past, I’ve said “PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS OUT OF CONTEXT” before or after these, but in the New York Times’ 2021 article on me, they just quoted the individual sentence out of context without quoting the “PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS OUT OF CONTEXT” statement following it. To avoid that, I will be replacing spaces with the letter “N”, standing for “NOT TO BE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT”. If I understand journalistic ethics correctly, they can’t edit the sentence to remove the Ns - and if they kept them, people would probably at least wonder what was up.

This question resolves TRUE if at least one journalistic outlet quotes one of the sentences Scott didn't want to take out of context, either with or without the N's. Something counts as a journalistic outlet if it's the sort of place that follows what Scott describes as journalistic ethics.

The quote must appear in an article within two months of this question being written.

See also: "Will Scott Alexander/Astral Codex Ten receive coverage in a journalistic outlet in the next two months?Will Scott Alexander/Astral Codex Ten receive coverage in a journalistic outlet in the next two months?" https://manifold.markets/MichaelDickens/will-scott-alexanderastral-codex-te

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How big a journalistic outlet does it have to be? Does some tiny website no one's ever heard of count?