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The News And Anxiety

Sheryl Paul | Posted 09.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

We live in uncertain times, and that statement alone can send an anxious-sensitive personality type into a tailspin. But the truth is that we've alway...

5 Ways Broadcast News Is Ruining The 2016 Election

Susan Bordo | Posted 08.29.2016 | Media
Susan Bordo

When did media journalism go so postmodern on us? Ah, but facts are so boring; "optics" and "narratives" are much cooler. At least in literature class, we learned to analyze and deconstruct the text.

No One Avoids Tabloids

Greg J. Stone | Posted 07.21.2016 | Media
Greg J. Stone

Sex, celebrity, crime or all three. That's the formula for tabloid stories. Unfortunately, the so-called mainstream media are becoming more like tabloids, and, to a lesser extent, vice versa.

How and Why Scientists Fudge Results, and What We Can Do About It

Charles White | Posted 05.23.2016 | Science
Charles White

The news media aren't the only perpetrators guilty of misrepresenting science; the scientists themselves are also to blame for mischaracterizing the nature of our procedures and findings.

Ten Extremely Important Moments You Cannot Interrupt Hillary Clinton

Matt Ott | Posted 03.09.2016 | Comedy
Matt Ott

1. When she's practicing for a speech. 2. When she's watching West Wing. 3. When she's using the restroom. I think I have your attention now. 4. When ...

Donald Trump and the News Media's Catch-22

Michael Golden | Posted 12.30.2015 | Media
Michael Golden

The chicken or the egg? Trump's lead in the polls or the media's sycophantic coverage of Trump? The media's hyperactive coverage of the circus, or the circus's irresistibly magnetic power over the media? Which comes first? Which feeds which? And does it matter?

Much Ado About Sustainability: Is it Time to Stop Sensationalizing and Start Simplifying the Solution?

Mark Coleman | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

So how sensationalized does the story need to be? Will the fate of humanity be a Shakespearean tragedy? Will we be a comeback, feel good, or comedic story? Who knows? But one thing is for certain - all the world is a vast sustainability stage - each of us has a role in the production. What role will you choose to play?

Is Innovative Art an Oxymoron?

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
Soren Petersen

What "Bull's Head" did for art 70 years ago may have, knowingly or unconsciously relied on the same sensationalism as today's sensationalistic art, however the innovation level was an order of magnitude higher.

You Claim to Think the News Is Important -- I Don't Believe You

Graham Templeton | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media
Graham Templeton

A lot of the core institutions of public oversight are being eroded today, the checks and balances going out of whack. This, right now, is the point at which we must either stand up for a strong news media or admit openly that we do not actually care about it as much as we pretend to.

The Feminist Agenda Does Not Exist, But the Code of Ethics for Journalist Does

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media
Rev. Marie Siroky

It is important because what happens in our world affects us all. One used to be able to trust networks and media -- and that is fading fast.

Holding the Media Accountable, One Phone Call at a Time

Philip Russo | Posted 09.24.2014 | Media
Philip Russo

News media now seems more interested in showcasing the faces of demented killers and talking about the gory details without any regard for the feelings of the victims.

Lost in Monty Hall: The Risk Within Statistics

Akhila Satish | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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...