think piece


Definition of think piece 

: a piece of writing meant to be thought-provoking and speculative that consists chiefly of background material and personal opinion and analysis

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Along with numerous think pieces and thousands of tweets from fans of the show, a number of celebrities sent out their congratulations to Mock via Twitter last night. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Celebrities Celebrate Janet Mock's History-Making Directorial Debut on FX's 'Pose': See the Tweets," 9 July 2018 Trump’s meeting with Putin will command headlines and think pieces for days, and understandably so; for all Trump’s political peculiarities, his personal relationship with Putin is the most peculiar of all. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Trump and Putin Will Call Their Summit a Success. But Don't Expect U.S.-Russia Relations to Improve," 6 July 2018 The late Steve Jobs’ iconic uniform of black turtleneck and blue jeans — sans tie, of course — inspired many a think piece, and a generation of techies followed suit (good luck spotting a tie on the Facebook campus). Laura Newberry,, "Citing health study, Lancaster mayor wants to ban workplace necktie requirements for city employees," 12 July 2018 In his death, Bourdain wouldn’t want our think pieces. Will Bunch,, "'Never again'? 'Again' is happening right now on America's border. What will you do? | Will Bunch," 10 June 2018 That quote turned the entrepreneur into a Silicon Valley caricature overnight, a cautionary note in think pieces foretelling the robot revolution, worker displacement be damned. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 De Niro's words are the ones most likely to elicit a Twitter response from President Donald Trump, inspire cable news pontificating and lead to scores of think pieces. NBC News, "Robert De Niro drops the F-bomb on Trump — twice — at Tonys," 11 June 2018 Frankenstein’s 100th anniversary is this year, so the think pieces are plentiful. Constance Grady, Vox, "Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess: “art is dangerous”," 2 June 2018 Every new development in the run-up to her wedding prompts conversations, think pieces and wishes: Is this a sign of progress in a post-Brexit Britain? Jessica Contrera,, "With Meghan Markle, a ‘confident mixed-race woman’ marries into the royal family," 16 May 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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