Submission Tips

Uncle Shmuely Needs You

Our editorial board (me, Masonides) recognizes that we need input from diverse sources to create a relevant, intellectually vibrant site.  We also recognize that we don’t need the kinds of kooks and doctrinaire thinking that seem so boringly common on ye olde interwebs.  To that end, we have some tips to help you get your thoughts published on our little site.

1.  Cite to public sources for factual assertions.  We don’t suffer the factual assertions of random people lightly, but if those factual assertions come from a source (or sources) that are likely to be publicly vetted and challenged, we suffer them considerably lightly-er.

2.  Fact cites should be to nonpartisan or minimally-partisan, non-ridiculous sources.  Use the most direct, authoritative, factual reference material you can find.

3.  Avoid puffery and unsubstantiated opinion.  To paraphrase an imperfect Wikipedia example: if you don’t understand the persuasive difference between the following two statements, don’t expect to be published here:

  • “Bob Dylan is the defining figure of the 1960s counterculture and a brilliant songwriter.”
  • “Dylan was included in Time‘s 100: The Most Important People of the Century, where he was called “master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation”.[2] By the mid-1970s, his songs had been covered by hundreds of other artists.[3]

4,  Convince, don’t deride.  We’re trying to advance the discussion, not score gotcha points.  Keep it civil… but beyond civil: keep it productive.

5.  Be fearless.  We welcome unconventional opinions and new ideas.  We are happy to present ideas with which we may disagree if those ideas advance debate to unconsidered possibilities or new levels of abstraction.

One thought on “Submission Tips”

  1. To me, the idea that Mormons, with putative “good” motives, feel they need to baptize dead Jews indicates their contempt for Judaism. The act states that they are doing Jews a favor and therefore Judaism needs their uplifting enlightenment, I don’t see Jews saying Kadish for Mormons or other religions–that is not Jewish territory.

    We, obviously, don’t need Mormon enlightenment but they need to become aware that America is a multicultural pluralistic country that, as Obama said in his inaugural speech–should respect all beliefs, including those who chose to be nonbelievers.

    Fred Levine

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