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Sensationalism

Lost in Monty Hall: The Risk Within Statistics

Akhila Satish | Posted 07.10.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

I have argued consistently for scientific literacy. After exploring the statistical side of scientific reporting, I would argue that we need as much education on statistics as we do in raw science. The millions we spend on public-awareness campaigns highlighting risk are meaningless if we do not also invest in educating the public on how to manage and mitigate their risk.

Our Complicity in the Somaly Mam Scandal

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

It is time we inspect the basic motives to why we engage in this fight against injustice. Whether it is on grounds of human decency and equality, or because we are compelled by our faith; let's recalibrate our moral compass so it is not led astray by our tendency to strive for the sensational stories.

TV News & Upworthy Are Transforming Us All Into Dumb, Ill-Informed, Simple-Minded Sheep

Michael Shammas | Posted 05.29.2014 | Media
Michael Shammas

For the first time in my life, I can confidently say that most news is not making us smarter -- it is making us dumber.

The Super Bowl, Sex Trafficking, and Sensationalism

Adam Banner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Instead of wasting time and money on rumor-mongering and passing redundant legislation, perhaps we should be looking to the root of the problem for solutions.

Have You Been the News? When Private Pain Is a Public Spectacle.

Megan Devine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Devine

We see too much suffering. We see too much suffering, forgetting that it is, in fact, suffering. It's not entertainment. It's not "news." It's pain.

What Headlines Would Look Like If We Lived in a Mathematically Literate World

Ben Orlin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Media
Ben Orlin

2013-12-04-300HL7.jpg Our World: Still No Scientific Consensus on Global Warming Mathematically Literate World: Still 90 Percent Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

What's So Sexy About Bigots!?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

We can't stop ourselves from busying with which bigot said what, which hater said something even more inconceivably stupid and who beat the others in radicalism, extremism, shame and embarrassment.

Forced Exposure: Overdosing on Media Stimuli

John Farr | Posted 07.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The U.S. is experiencing an explosion, both in content and how that content gets delivered. But we are also a nation founded on freedom and the rights of the individual. Shouldn't that include being able to choose what we watch, read and see, along with when and how we do it?

Surprise: 'Jew In A Box' Is Not In A Box

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

When the media dubbed an innovative and informative exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin "Jew in a Box," it drew outrage from around the globe. Thus, a well-intentioned exhibit became a pariah.

Our Comfortable Affliction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The heroes of our flavor-of-the-day news cycles are not those who prove to be right or actually know what they are talking about. The heroes on any given day are the iconoclasts, conspiracy theorists, and -- just plain wing nuts. Affliction is the plat du jour, and these -- its master chefs.

RNC Shows How Useless Conventions Have Become in Addressing Real Issues

Daniel Simon | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

The word is in and the people have spoken. Campaign coverage has been abysmal.

"Prison Break" Lemonade

Marc Mauer | Posted 07.10.2012 | DC
Marc Mauer

For far too long, our approach to developing public policy on issues of crime and punishment has been overly framed by sensationalist imagery.

What Is The Line Between Realism And Sensationalism?

Corban Addison | Posted 05.05.2012 | Books
Corban Addison

Is there a point where the artistic depiction of violence against children becomes complicit in that violence? Is there an ethical line in fiction between realism that reveals, and sensationalism that exploits?

Electricity, Folly Science And Hysterical Women

Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts

Ladies and gentlemen, come witness the inexplicable, the hypnotizing, the maddening force of electricity in its earliest stages! The mysterious phenom...

Weiners and Losers

Steven Weber | Posted 08.17.2011 | Media
Steven Weber

What is it about our culture lately that just loves tearing a human being to shreds? Whatever one may think of the lurid spectacle that is The Wide World of Weiner, the glee demonstrated by the media is the truly disturbing element here.

Everything Said About Anthony Weiner Is Bull

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

There's only one legitimate reason to be upset with Anthony Weiner, and that's because his behavior and its discovery has taken away a bold and effective voice in the Democratic party. Everything else you think and feel about him is bull.

Fabrication, Exaggeration and Sensationalization in Writings About Afghanistan

Bashir Ahmad Gwakh | Posted 07.09.2011 | Media
Bashir Ahmad Gwakh

Too many Western writers try to portray themselves as selfless, Mother Theresa-like figures who venture to an exotic and dangerous country to single-handedly save the natives.

What Ever Happened to Real Journalism?

Sue VanDerzee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sue VanDerzee

A mere two weeks after a midterm election, most mainstream journalists are not exploring the issues that must be tackled by the new Congress or tied up by the old Congress, but are handicapping the next election cycle.

The Social Construction of Controversy

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Henne

If elite manipulation of the construction of an Islamic center caused the conflict, then correcting the media market to allow for a diversity of viewpoints is the solution.

Welcome to Bubble Boy Nation

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

Welcome to Bubble Boy Nation, a place inhabited by overprotective parents, delicate, overindulged children, and two major political parties that routinely capitulate to legions of lobbyists.

Revolting Revelation: Michael Jackson Still Not Allowed Burial

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Francesca Biller

It's been more than a month since Michael Jackson's demise and still no burial, cremation, resting place, or any manifestation of "closure" for this fallen King of Pop.

Media Literacy 101: How to Detect Fear-Mongering -- Pakistani Nukes & Swine Flu

Susan Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Susan Moeller

How can you tell whether you are getting a story that is balanced and proportionate to the crisis or one that is fanning panic and hysteria? One quick guide is to evaluate the pictures.