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Orlando's Complexity Shows Why We Have To Resist Trump-Driven Snap Judgments

William Bradley | Posted 06.15.2016 | Media
William Bradley

At first blush, very first blush, it seemed cut and dried. America's new record-setting mass murder, and I'll refer to him only by his terrible acts a...

Why Hillary Is Not Imploding

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

None of this stuff -- irritating as each item may be with regard to how the Clintons do things -- is actually important enough to threaten her candidacy. There is nothing, so far at least, that makes for a compelling, specific storyline.

With Little Political or Policy Impact and Dumbed Down Language, Does the State of the Union Even Matter?

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

America has serious issues to deal with, many of them raised by Obama in his laundry list State of the Union addresses. But let's not pretend the State of the Union itself is not an empty institution -- bloated, hollow, self-congratulatory, increasingly shallow, largely irrelevant.

Jason Linkins

Shifting 'Liberal' Attitudes On 'Gun Culture' Are Entirely The Fault Of Three Guys On The Internet Who Went To A Gun Range, Apparently | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

One of the things that might make passing any sort of gun safety legislation hard for President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats is that over the...

I Tweet Therefore I Am: Life in the Halls of Mirrors

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.05.2012 | Technology
Andrew Lam

If communication technology was created to enhance our daily lives, something has dramatically shifted along the way: More and more, we are altering our behaviors in service of the digital world.

Is TV Oversimplifying Our Reality?

Jan Shepherd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Shepherd

I have been watching my own black and white thinking and the difficulty I often have in holding ambiguity for long. I started asking myself, " How did this happen?"

Art with a Capital "F"

Steven Weber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steven Weber

In a media culture where cats batting balls of yarn get a larger audience than The Hurt Locker, artists don't bother to study in their fields, preferring to arm themselves with a cool, teeny camera and have at it.

Diminishing Returns for Obama's Summiteering?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

American media, especially cable TV news, is moving more into infotainment mode, stuck on a few areas. Geopolitics has never been its strong suit, and political coverage is mostly focused on food fights.

The Trouble with Twitter: Why "Tweets" Are Like "Blipverts"

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

It's a time marked by inundation, fragmentation, and an ADD culture. Twitter drives all three of those trends.

Obama Floats Through Teapot Tempests

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Why does Obama have Rick Warren delivering the invocation? Politics, naturally. It's a way to keep slicing off some of what has traditionally been a Republican vote.

Don't Turn Obama Into Blair

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Indra Adnan

Too many people in the UK remember the hope and subsequent betrayal of New Labour's victory in 1997 when Tony Blair metamorphosed from Bambi to Terminator in his first term.