As those old-time anthropologists never tired of repeating, ritual creates social solidarity. The standard talk after each new American tragedy is of the community "uniting" and "coming together." But around what, exactly?
We now live in a world where information moves faster than we can assess its value... this is especially true in times of panic, disaster, and crisis.
In the Internet age, we're all journalists. Everyone who posts on social media should consider that, if what they posted is incorrect, exposing, sensational, prejudicial or otherwise inappropriate, it may change the perception of those who see it in unforeseen ways.
By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) The actual news out of Boston is still unfolding, yet it might be good to take a moment to come up for air and surve...
CNN has received plenty of criticism and mockery for misreporting Wednesday that a suspect had been arrested in the Boston marathon attack. But in a Friday memo to staff, CNN president Jeff Zucker had nothing but praise for the network's employees.
In 1981, Bernie Shaw stood up to his bosses and the opposition networks and kept Jim Brady alive. He was right, the rest of us were wrong and he saved our "unique" credibility. It's too bad there no was no Bernie Shaw at CNN or Fox yesterday.
Among all the other aching distress caused by the Boston bombing, its coverage in the major media gave us precious little of American journalism's best work. The wall-to-wall team coverage that such appalling events now engender operates to the severe detriment of meaningful journalism.
It is not only pointless but can actually be counter-productive to wildly speculate on who is responsible for the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon. Domestic, foreign, religious, secular, or just purely insane: we really have no idea why this attack happened right now.
The Boston Marathon bombing was a very unhappy déjà vu for all of us involved with the Olympic Park Bombing in 1996. Not only was I conducting a photo shoot in the sound tower where the bomb was placed that night, I was on the crisis team that had to manage the aftermath of the explosion.
When I was growing up, there was no easy way to check on absent loved ones. Now, we can connect instantly. And, thanks to the cameras in our smart phones, we can bear witness to instances of heroism, and perhaps record something that will help the FBI find the bomber.
hanks to the Jodi Arias trial, Headline News (HLN), which is covering the trial live almost all day long, had one of the best week's in its history. It attracted more viewers last week than either CNN or MSNBC.
A vote to allow debate is not a vote for gun control. And many Republicans, and some Democrats, remain opposed to any such legislation, including background checks.
This morning's Washington Post provides the best reporting yet on the new CNN and Jeff Zucker's intentions. It's good reporting, but it fails to consider CNN's early years and early strategy. I created CNN as the antithesis of the then three major networks.
NBC speeds up late-night transition: Jimmy Fallon immediately replaces Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show; Seth Meyers replaces Fallon; Leno replaces Barbara Walters on The View; Walters joins the cast of Duck Dynasty.
Does it really matter how bin Laden died? I wouldn't have cared if the SEALs had coaxed him into playing a fraternity drinking game and then slipped something into his beer when he wasn't looking.
While on some gun questions support fluctuates, the president's main gun law priorities remain popular. It is politicians who have moved on these popular policies.