Shrum and Lowry discuss North Korea's film fatwa and Cheney's eagerness to become Mr. Torture. Then: If Nixon recognized China 25 years after its Communist Revolution, why shouldn't Obama do so with Cuba 50 years later? And can the third Bush beat the first woman?
This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a decades-long policy of distance that had been surprisingly effective in doing nothing in particular.
In 2013 our annual list included a story about a female celeb's face, an attack on Black masculinity, the delegitimizing of female politicians, and a Rolling Stone bomb. Remarkably, our 2014 list includes much of the same!
The recent airing of Sorority Sisters on VH1 has many people really upset (a slight understatement). Social media lit up with emotional rants about crying and broken hearts, threats to snatch sorors up, calls for boycotts, tweets to brands... the list goes on. I get it. Kinda.
Being on 7th Heaven and other shows shouldn't mean getting the royal treatment of sexual abuse interviews, especially when the subject matter is critical to the lives of millions of young people in our country.
Moore sees the most promising opportunity in digital media around "creative optimization," meaning the customization of creative advertising in realtime, as it is consumed. While some vendors are making progress in this field, there is much more to be developed. He sees this new medium emerging in 2016.
Like millions of others, I tuned in regularly to get the news of the day from the hilarious show. I loved how the show could educate people and explain complicated issues in such an entertaining way. The segments were often more informative than networking news, and a hell of a lot funnier.
While technically we're still dealing with the hypothetical, the speculation-obsessed media doesn't seem all that bothered by the prospect either. That's what happens when we treat politicians like celebrities and exchange paychecks for access.
For humans to flourish, we must grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Through a myriad of educational and cultural opportunities, the avenues for self-growth and societal contribution seem endless. Why then does a sports entertainment culture that seems mindless dominate so much of the average American's time and commitment?
So many years and wars later, it's easy to forget what a total television hit the first Gulf War of 1991 was.
The news media--people in our society who could play a pivotal role in creating a "dialogue" about such injustices as police killings of young black men--have fallen short.
For The Interview, it appears for the moment, the show will not go on. It's hard to know exactly what motivated the theater chains that cancelled the show. The end result is that we have now allowed the government of North Korea to dictate content.
Fifty-one years before the Japanese carrier strike force dropped their deadly bombs on Pearl Harbor, another "Day of Infamy" that will live forever in the minds of the Lakota (Sioux) people, occurred.
Maybe someone can figure out why the assemblage of "Code Breakers," as they're called, are mostly wearing blue? Otherwise, I'm wondering about all the beaming when it comes to the demographics, and the uniformity.
As long as one grants that the United States' security requires that the state be able to keep some secrets, the question stands: should there be some limitations on the freedom of the press and who and how will determine what these ought to be?
This is now a world where journalists are being beheaded, though their main weapon was a pen and schoolchildren are being gunned down in classrooms. We should fight this war on every front, including from Hollywood.
Of course Sony is angry and embarrassed that this has happened and it is unforgiveable that the hackers have leaked private information on employees and actors. But the press are not the villain here.