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Slapping the Jester

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, he was rejecting the idea that comics shouldn’t be held accountable for the things they say.

Chris Rock

When Will Smith walked across the Oscars stage and slapped Chris Rock across the face for having made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, it spawned a deluge of takes on Twitter (many of which are collected here), and…

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James Surowiecki

James Surowiecki

I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.

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