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Why Fictional Media Doesn't Desensitize Us to Real-Life Violence

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

One of the mantras often expressed by advocates concerned about media violence is that violent media content may desensitize viewers to real-life viol...

How Facebook Is Changing You Without You Even Knowing It

Carol E Wyer | Posted 02.22.2016 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

I, like many others of our generation, love social media, especially Facebook. Social media is fine when, like all things that are bad for us, it is used sensibly and in moderation. However, abuse it at your peril. Here are some reasons you should turn off your phone or computer right now.

This Is What Happens When We Forget That Speech Has Consequences

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I'm only advocating for a world in which -- no matter how many new social media portals open before I'm finished typing this sentence -- we recognize that the bottomless pit into which we throw our words does indeed have a bottom.

Why I Will Never Really See the Boston Marathon Bombing Video

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Davis Schneiderman

I have never viewed video images of most tragedies of the last two decades. It's not general coverage of a tragedy that I avoid but particular videos of specific violent acts, endlessly repeated on the news or, in the current moment, available endlessly on demand.

Rape, Murder and Swag

Dori Hartley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Media
Dori Hartley

We live in the "Let's talk about this" generation and although open communication on any number of subjects can be productive, there comes a moment where all of it becomes over-exposed.

Evil as Entertainment

Warren Adler | Posted 10.18.2011 | Media
Warren Adler

The further in time one gets from World War II, its savagery and ruthlessness, the horrors of the Holocaust, the destruction of cities and the sensele...

Beyond Godzilla and 9/11

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Helvarg

Compare the global response to what's happening today in Japan and Libya to last year's earthquake in rural Pakistan or the ongoing killings and famines that have taken over two million lives in eastern Congo.

Cynicism Versus Commitment

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

What disturbs me most about the Palin pick is not so much the woman's lack of experience, judgment, honesty, or intelligence, but the cynical calculation that these things don't matter.