No more free labor — Hey, interns have rights, too. Slate’s Cullen Seltzer discusses the case of Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, in which a federal judge ruled that interns on the crews of two movies, one of which was “Black Swan,” were employees and are entitled to be paid with actual money. The phenomenon of interns willing to work for free to build their resume and network is not isolated to this case, but is very widespread. And though these interns agree to, and even compete for, jobs that have no monetary return, Seltzer suggests that its not the interns that are suffering. While the employer is benefitting from free labor and the interns from experience building and networking (somehow that’s as good as money), it’s the worker, especially the entry-level worker, who gets shafted. The normally entry-level jobs are given out as unpaid internships, leaving those who need actual income with far less job opportunities.
A lists of lists — The Daily Caller has been known to publish a top-10 list or two. Today it published Richard Thompson’s list of—what else—top-10 lists. The worst top-10 lists, to be precise. Most of these weren’t actually published anywhere (we hope), but the slideshow was more of a promise to Daily Caller’s readers that the site would never make them click through “Ten Congressman Who Look Like Toasters” or the “Ten Celebrities Who Used To Be Fat And Then Got Skinny And Then Got Fat Again.” And of course Daily Caller readers will be spared from “Top 10 Pictures of Tea Partiers Drinking Tea” and “Top 10 Frattiest Franciscans.”
Dolphins as therapists? —Who doesn’t love dolphins? The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal examines the practice known as “dolphin-assisted therapy,” in which “desperate parents hope that having their autistic or developmentally delayed children spend time with dolphins will change them.” It comes as no surprise that the idea comes from the research of a guy who gave dolphins LSD and said humans can “open up pathways” with dolphins “with LSD, with swimming with them, with falling in love with them and them falling in love with us.” It’s safe to say the researcher, John C. Lilly, had a love of dolphins. The piece cites an Aeon essay by another researcher, Lory Marino, who says that there are alternative explanations to why dolphin therapy has been “successful,” adding that the dolphins aren’t happy about their captivity and don’t like being forced to play with kids.