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Writing about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Should Every Student Know?, Joe Blair, Health Thoroughfare, 19.03.2019

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by MSEsperanza, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. MSEsperanza

    MSEsperanza Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    EDIT: Please read @adambeyoncelowe 's comment first:


    Writing about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What Should Every Student Know?
    by Joe Blair, Health Thoroughfare (not a serious site), 19.03.2019

    :arghh::confused::grumpy:

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    https://www.healththoroughfare.com/news/writing-about-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-what-should-every-student-know/15351
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    https://www.healththoroughfare.com/staff
    Joe Blair s is the lead editor for Health Thoroughfare.
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    https://www.healththoroughfare.com/about-us

    :sleeping::asleep:
    :zzz:
     
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  2. JemPD

    JemPD Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    oh for ***** sake :banghead:
     
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    andypants Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I am rolling my eyes so hard it hurts
     
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    Unable Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Huuuurrrrmph! This EXACTLY why the CFS name is so damaging!
     
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  5. adambeyoncelowe

    adambeyoncelowe Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    It's advertorial for WriterCheap.com. Basically, some black hat marketing person will pay someone in the Philippines or Thailand to write garbage that subtly (or in this case, not so subtly) shoehorns in a link to their client's website. This increases the client's internet presence.

    The topics of such articles are usually only tenuously connected to the links, and there's telltale clunky/old fashioned/awkward language that betrays the fact it was written by someone on the cheap who isn't usually a native speaker.

    I can guarantee 1000% that that's what this is. The marketer probably realised articles on 'CFS' attract a lot of traffic, so chose it for that reason.
     
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    MSEsperanza Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Thanks, @adambeyoncelowe .

    The "article" showed up at a google news search on „Chronic Fatigue Syndrome“. At a second glance I see how manipulative the contributors' CV are. I'll copy some extracts to not cause more traffic:

    (This is text that displays under Andy's ("his") picture. I doubt that Andy (his writing) and Jennifer (she) are the same persons.)

    Skimming the other contributors‘ CV I saw Cornell University, Harvard, a "researcher and law professor at York University (TORONTO)", graduations from Columbia Law School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and "Harvard College"

    But I had utterly skipped this one:
    :arghh: That's obvious at least.

    Will have a real forum break now.:ill:
     
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    adambeyoncelowe Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Yep. The bios look like copy pasta. Another telltale giveaway.
     
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    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Oh damn, I thought it was written by a student journalist or some outsourced churn service to promote the testing service or whatever it is they're pitching. Or those are fake personas? So that would be a fake site that is used to market the writing pitch thing?

    Yikes.

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    Yeah, I think those are fake personas. The picture for Andy Beal is used on many sites as a stock photo and there is nothing on the NYT written by someone of that name. Same for the picture of Ashley Rice.

    So: fake site, as Adam said
     
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    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    My short comment was not approved so they're just moderating out any dissent. Probably not worth the bother.
     
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    Well all is clear, as long as one avoids being a woman or being a student then you are safe from CFS.

    Perhaps if I work at being more macho and reverse over twenty years of formal education, I might be able to cure my ME. Ah, but wait my ME is doing a very good job of reversing my education, so the worse my brain fog and cognitive problems get the better I will be.

    However sorry ladies, you are going to have to think about a sex change if you really want to get better.
     
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    yep, this is one of those content writer jobs that you see on freelancer or upwork.
     
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    I was a student at various points in my life, but I have managed to avoid being a woman. :p
     

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