The Washington Post
Chat update - 1/20
is a highly controversial story that recently appeared in Grantland, the literary sports site. It will take you a while to read (even a while to skim) but it is worth it. After you have answered the second question, and looked at the results, you can go back to the chat update to see my answers, and my explanation of why I feel that way.
Some critics of this story are suggesting that the writer, Caleb Hannan, is morally responsible for the woman's suicide; that he should have honored her wishes not to publish the story, or withheld personal details about her. What do you think about that suggestion?
I agree with it.
I don't think he is morally responsible for her suicide. However, the story could have been written more sensitively.
He is not at all responsible; the story is a good one, handled about right.
How, if at all, should this story have been handled any differently? Choose the BEST answer.
It shouldn't have been published at all.
The fact that Dr. V. was transgendered should not have been mentioned.
The writer should have dealt with the suicide in greater detail, even assessing whether he bore some blame. It should have had some moral assessment.
The story needed a minor tone adjustment; somehow, it played out a little callous. Its failings are more a problem of voice and editing.
The story was just fine as published.
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