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Elise Crane

Entries by Elise Crane

Eyewitness Testimony at Boston Vigil for Japan Highlights Information Void

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Amid the slushy mid-March drizzle on Monday night, Bostonians came together in a place of heaven to mourn Japan's trifecta from hell.

Ten days after the earthquake that triggered a tsunami and nuclear catastrophe, Old South Church held an interfaith candlelight vigil featuring diverse speakers, pensive music, and a...

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Media: The Ultimate Power T ool

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 11:58 AM

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent... They control the minds of the masses."
-Malcolm X

As such events as the Rwandan genocide so catastrophically demonstrated, media can be a tremendously powerful...

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A (Neglected) Duty to Inform

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 11:44 AM

With the widespread closure of international bureaus, and serious underfunding of those that remain open, American coverage of world affairs nears an all-time low. Today, the mainstream U.S. media often seems precariously close to preaching an official reality and severely restricting the average media consumer's view of the world.


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Chechnya: Moving Beyond Radical Islam to Historical Subtleties

(13) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 10:55 AM

Nothing resonates more powerfully than a "good versus evil" story, which is precisely how the global media have portrayed the Russo-Chechen conflict. This is dangerous reductionism that neglects crucial historical facts, which must be acknowledged if we hope to end the devastating conflict. Its spillover potential has dangerous implications for...

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The Empire Toppler: Gorbachev and the Power of Glasnost

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 3:08 PM

Mikhail Gorbachev, who inherited Soviet leadership twenty-five years ago this week, unwittingly saw his policy of glasnost (openness) topple communism's house of cards. As Russia again tightens its control on information, it is worth recalling the events that memorialize Mr. Gorbachev's greatness and cautioning against a return to "official reality."

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Hamster Balls to Inflatable Beavers: Experiments in Tackiness at the Closing Ceremonies

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 12:39 PM

The games are over, the torch is extinguished, and televisions -- at least for graduate students who have substituted nightly Olympic coverage for reading, research and thesis writing -- again become nothing but decoration. But the experience wouldn't be complete without a slightly off-color conclusion: the Closing Ceremonies.

Aside from...

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America Triumphant: The Chilly Showdown

(9) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 7:19 PM

Although NBC refrained from recycling more than a few seconds of Tuesday night's befuddling profile of Evgeni Plushenko, its long program coverage was hardly an improvement.

Sequined snakes pulsating, Evan Lysacek gloriously skated his way to the gold. His fist-pumping victory was deserved -- if a bit theatrical...

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NBC Olympics Coverage: Dramatizing to Drum up Intrigue

(27) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 3:18 PM

On a spectrum of media polarization, NBC is seen as one of the most neutral popular channels. FOX News' and MSNBC's slants are notorious, even celebrated, but NBC emerges as a relatively reliable reflection of major news events. However, the network's recent "human interest" profile on Russian figure skater Evgeni...

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