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'Twas The Day After Christmas

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business
Shruti Eva Saini

It's a common emerging theme -- unleashing products for a holiday in an accelerated non-sequential order (with so much Christmas stimuli in stores in November I often found myself wondering what happened to Thanksgiving) -- but who is causing and reinforcing this trend?

Obama on a Roll

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Even Obama's supporters sometimes express frustration because the president has refused to act for the sake of acting, shoot from the hip, or jump to conclusions. His approach, no matter the issue, has been measured, studied, thoughtful, cerebral and yes, lawyerly.

Word Origins as Comics: A Holiday Special: Santa Claus, His Life and Times, The Story Behind the Man

Larry Paros | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
Larry Paros

Follow Larry Paros @ insomanywords.net Take words with Larry @ twitter.com/wordswithlarry facebook.com/wordswithlarry pinterest.com/wordswithl...

No Limits to Freedom of the Press?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Amitai Etzioni

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?

Jinn, Sex, Atheism Strike Egyptian Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

In today's topsy-turvy environment, all bets are off. Rather than focus on critical upcoming legislative elections and a major conference to help attract investments to Egypt's struggling economy, TV channels seem sidelined by matters that raise eyebrows and questions given their timing.

Looking for Friends In All the Wrong Places

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Dating websites are for dating, not for finding people who want someone to grab dinner with every now and again or who need a ride to the airport at holiday time. I have those people in my circle, and I'm already not getting flowers and sex from them.

Waiting for the Outrage About Congo Massacres in Beni

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Those of us with emotional and friendship ties to the Congo have been waiting. We have been waiting for the outrage, or at least some western media coverage after reports of massacres in the Beni area of North Kivu began to trickle out in October.

Flour Power: Women Chefs Reap Just Desserts in Food & Wine and White House

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

The proof is in the pudding this year. Women chefs cracked the glass ceiling repeatedly to achieve record "first female" milestones in culinary history, magazines, James Beard Awards, the White House and Michelin guides.

Media With an Endangered Language Message

Alissa Stern | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Alissa Stern

Whether in print or online, whether in home, schools, or community, media can provide a vehicle to communicate in endangered and threatened languages while shining attention on the need to fortify them.

Post Perception

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media
Jocelyn Jeffery

Remi Paringaux, co-founder of creative agency Meri Media and Post, the first iPad-only fashion magazine, discusses photography, issues with advertisers and the future of fashion and print media in an increasingly digital world.

Erdogan's Latest Attack on Critical Media

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Alparslan Akkuş

Turkish police raided media outlets and detained journalists nationwide on Sunday in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to topple him. The detentions came days after the government-sponsored bill was signed into law that made it possible to arrest suspects based on "reasonable doubt."

Free the Singapore Media and Let the People Go

CHEE Soon Juan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
CHEE Soon Juan

The Singaporean state-controlled media shield the ruling class from being responsive to the needs and aspirations of the common people. They have put reason and intellectualism to sleep and, as a result, stymied development.

As One of Them -- Carole Alfarah Documents the Attacks on Civilians in Syria

Janne Riikonen | Posted 12.11.2014 | Media
Janne Riikonen

"Today carrying a camera is like carrying a weapon. Who ever might stop you and start interrogating you for taking pictures."

Empowering Women and Girls to Own Their Worth

Michelle Fetsch | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Michelle Fetsch

I was tired of feeling that I wasn't thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, tall enough or good enough, was keeping me from going after the things I wanted in life. I knew that regardless of what I weighed or looked like -- it was about changing the conversation.

Thought the 'Rolling Stone' Article Was Bad?

Francesca Bessey | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Francesca Bessey

In light of these facts, in light of my own rape and the rapes of too many of my friends at the hands of their peers, I do wonder: Whose credibility is really to be doubted here? Jackie's, or the public peanut gallery that has diluted sexual assault down to a number and a date?

Inherent Vice: Danny Gabbai, Executive Creative Director of Vice LA, Talks Publishing, Lists and Theorists

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Jocelyn Jeffery

"The more we immerse ourselves in a virtual representation of reality, the more important signifiers become."

Feminism Is About Equality, Not a Particular Gender: An Interview With Inga Schowengerdt

George Elerick | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
George Elerick

1. Can you tell us a bit about who you are? I am a social and developmental psychologist passionate about advancing gender equality through research,...

The Death of Smart

Eve Simon | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Eve Simon

While my love of Aaron Sorkin's writing remains intact regardless of how often language, scenarios and character archetypes repeat throughout his repertoire, I'm really at a loss right now. Given this last episode's ham-fisted time-out worthy tantrum, I think it's time to call bullshit.

TPP Negotiators Hit With Protests That Media Don't Cover

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Shouldn't it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone's job to another country? Shouldn't we negotiate trade agreements that increase people's wages on both sides of a trade border? Unfortunately that is not the kind of trade agreements that our current trade negotiation process produces.

Booked for the Evening Gala: Newark Public Library

Madinah James | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
Madinah James

During a brisk October evening this past fall in downtown Newark, NJ, guests came out to attend a fundraising benefit for The Newark Public Library entitled "Booked For The Evening" and to celebrate The Library's 125th Anniversary as one of the city's premiere educational and cultural public institutions.

What Martin Scorsese's 'The 50 Year Argument' Tells Us About Today

Christine Deakers | Posted 12.08.2014 | Media
Christine Deakers

The 50 Year Argument, a literary documentary on The New York Review of Books directed by Martin Scorsese, available through HBO, is not necessarily the tour de force that only pats the intellectual echelon on its cashmere-and-tweed-backs, which some may expect.

Come Home for the Holidays

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

For those seeking a sex or holiday booze article, click onto something else immediately, like TMZ or the Today show. In the spirit of holiday cheer,...

'World Press Trends 2014' Debunks Newspapers' Death

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.06.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

6 Signs You're A Born Marketer

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Mo Seetubtim

Some of us wake up everyday to do something that we love -- something that we feel like we were born to do.

The Most Important Thing I Know, I Learned From 2 Strangers Passing in the Street

Cassie Delaney | Posted 12.05.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Cassie Delaney

Theres a great word I discovered a while back whilst trawling through the romantic depths of the Internet. It originates from the dictionary of obscur...