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Several weeks ago the hashtag #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter began trending on Twitter, and is still going strong today.

This hashtag, started by an author who wanted to vent after hearing one too many comments from unthinking acquiantances, has grown to encompass all writers, "from celebrity authors to ghosting freelancers and everyone in between" (Sarah McCoy, August 25th), who have taken the opportunity to commiserate and comfort each other in the face of such ignorance from the world at large.

Aside from the numerous authors, freelancers and yes, hobbyists who use Twitter and therefore have had a chance to weigh in with their own opinions on the subject, the hashtag has caught the attention of several mainstream publications, including the Huffington Post and New Republic, all of whom have written articles with their own spin on the hashtag phenomenon.

While these articles and Tweets are mainly funny, they do bring up some interesting points: why is writing so undervalued?  Nobody would ever dream of dismissing a doctor or a lawyer as 'just a doctor', but for some reason, writers and authors aren't worthy of courtesy.

I believe there are many reasons for this, but one of the main ones is exposure.  A common theme among people who have only disparaging comments for writers is that they are lazy, don't do any work and say they are writers purely in order to get out of doing a real job, and this might be because writers aren't a common sight for most people.

Writing is generally a solitary process - writers spend their time in front of a stack of books (for research), a stack of notebooks (for notetaking or writing), or a computer (for all of the above), and while they may be in a library or a coffee shop rather than their own house, they are still wrapped up in their own small world where nobody else may walk unless invited.

Because of this, people may not realise what exactly writing is.  By this, I don't mean they don't understand how hard the work is (that is a topic for a different post), but that because, to paraphrase Locke, they don't see the writing process and how it is involved in day to day entertainment, and so they undervalue it.

Think about how much of our lives revolve around writing.  Writing is involved in books, TV programmes, movies, comics, video games, role-playing games, newspapers, magazines, leaflets, adverts, and so much more.  Yet, who gets credit for a movie?  The actors and the director.  Sometimes the writers are mentioned, but this is a rarity.  The writing effort which is involved in making the movie what it is is very often completely forgotten.

This means that people are very often not consciously aware of the impact which writing has on their lives - they don't watch a TV programme and gush about how well written the dialogue was - they talk about the costumes or the way a parrticular scene is shot. Writing is very often hidden away, almost as though it is shameful to let people see it.

This lack of knowledge about the part that writing plays in bringing people the entertainment they consume on a day to day basis is part of what leads people to assume that what writers do is not important or noteworthy, and so why we are told we should get a real job.

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Three years ago, James Holmes walked into the Aurora Colorado shooting and killed 12 people and injured 70 more. Now, he's finally going to receive his punishment.

The jury is meeting to make their final deliberations on whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or receive the death penalty.

The District Attorney is pushing for the death penalty, claiming that it is the only thing that is just after Holmes' actions. However, unless the jurors reach a unanimous decision, he will be sentenced for life.

According to Fox News, it was an emotional day for families of the deceases victims. Unintentionally, all of them walked out before the defense finished its case. The emotions of all those involved are boiling high as this case finally comes to a close.  

 

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According to a BBC article, Britishims are invading American English. Have any of these words snuck into your vocab?

Apparently the word "cheeky" comes from Britain and has snuck its way into American’s speech.

Another one is using cheers to say goodbye.

The use of the word “flat” for apartment is apparently another British term that has snuck its way into American English.

Used the word “loo” lately? This word for “bathroom is another Britishism that has snuck into American vernacular.

Oftentimes, people think of Americanism spreading, but rarely do people think about how Britain influences America. The amount of magazines that have Kate Middleton’s face on them ought to be an indication at the very least. When it comes down to language, royalty, and looks, there’s evidence that America looks to Britain, for at least one of its sources. 

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Recent decisions by the American Bar Association have made it less strict for students to attend law school. Schools now have the option of allowing certain students to attend law school without taking the LSAT.

This change has many wondering if law schools aren't receiving the applicants they need, especially when they are making decisions in August to help more people.

According to an article by Bloomberg, law schools applications hit a 15-year low. 

Law schools have consistently received 6.7 percent fewer applicants than in 2014, according to the Law School Admisison Council. 

What does this mean for colleges across the country?

It means it's a great time to apply for law school especially with schools making so many accomodations, but this still leaves the concern if law school is still profitable.

Law admission offices seem to be answering with a resounding yes, but student apparently still have their doubts. 

 

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Initial estimates of the presence of settlers in the Cairngorms had pinned them down to being in the area around the year 5000 BC, though since these findings had always relied on tentative dating of quartz and stone tools which have been found over the years.

Additionally, since the region that these finds have been made in is very cold and inhospitable today, according to the Herald in Scotland (9th July, 2015) the conditions in the much harsher climate of 5000 BC made it seem unlikely that habitation would have been possible before that.

Recently, however, archaeologists and researchers from universities in Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee, working in conjunction with the National Trust, have been able to verify their findings with radiocarbon dating to find that there have been human inhabitants in the Cairngorms from as early as 8100 BC.

"The earliest dates found by archaeologists come from a site in Glen Dee, at a key stopping point for travellers moving through the highest points of the mountain, between Deeside and Speyside, with links back to north-west Scotland and the North Sea coast."

This news is exciting because it has shown that people inhabitated or at least passed through the area of the Cairngorms up to three thousand years earlier than we had first supposed, when first we had assumed that area to be largely uninhabited during prehistoric times.

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