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Where Is the Fourth Estate When You Need Them?

Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 13:38:35 in Media

“During my undergrad days, I took an upper-level psych course taught by a highly respected researcher. Because he was a careful guy, he wrote his lectures and read them to the class off of the page. To compensate for this lackluster presentation, I simply closed my eyes and listened--and I got A LOT out of what he was saying. It was a great class. What's my point? In spite of the quality of this professor's lectures (and his stellar publication history), I noticed that he often struggled to answer even basic questions posed by students if they raised their hand during his lecture. Why? Research within cognitive psychology suggests that it is very difficult to SWITCH from "reading mode" to "in-the-moment mode." Like my professor (who was reading his lectures), I suspect that many debate moderators and talk show hosts who use a teleprompter or extensive notes (+ they often have to field verbal info from the crew via an ear piece) may simply be LESS ABLE to respond to surprising events that happen in the moment. The technological SITUATION in the studio (i.e., cognitive distraction), in other words, may be contributing to the "problem" being addressed in Ms. Streisand's post. This would be a great area for future research. And given Ms. Streisand's multi-media performance experience, she may even have insights into some potential (and easy-to-implement) remedies.”
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Rutgers Student Believed To Have Committed Suicide After Classmates Allegedly Recorded Him In Gay Sexual Encounter

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 21:59:31 in College

“WTF?! So the poor kid commits suicide...and Huffington Post "features" his photo on the front page of the site??? His story is, of course, heartbreaking. But this disrespect turns my stomach. Please post a pic of the idiotic roommate and remove this pic immediately.”

Waldimore on Sep 29, 2010 at 22:53:43

“+1”

edsimon1977 on Sep 29, 2010 at 22:37:52

“NY Times has pics of all 3 of them.”

Bob Kellerman on Sep 29, 2010 at 22:09:36

“IT IS NECESSARY TO SEE THE FACE OF THE PERSON WE KILLED

By allowing a society that treated him that way.

I think it helps everyone to see his face”
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Fame According To Me

Commented Jun 3, 2010 at 20:04:22 in Style

“Very interesting. I like your use of the "glass office"; that simple analogy (i.e., international "fame" and being the boss in the fishbowl office share many key properties) will help people to get what you mean here. BUT, maybe you should consider going a bit further with this: That "glass office" is now the analogical bridge that connects your current situation with the challenges facing millions of people who used to inhabit or orbit actual glass offices (i.e., people who are now—like you—not working). Further, most of them are probably battling their own "ego" issues when trying to figure out who the heck they are and what the heck they should do next. I like the idea of a smart, hard-working, but “currently out-of-work Supermodel” starting a genuine, public dialog about these all-too-human issues she has in common with out-of-work, soul-searching people everywhere. Sounds like it could be transformative—personally and professionally.”
White House Press Corps' Latest Obsession: Obama's Emotional State

White House Press Corps' Latest Obsession: Obama's Emotional State

Commented Jun 2, 2010 at 14:19:39 in Media

“When I arrived at the site a few minutes ago, I happened to notice what it said at the top of the front page. Beside the heading "BIG NEWS", 5 categories were listed. The top 3: "Gulf Oil Spill", "Billionaires", and "Fashion". They were followed by "Afghanistan" and "Steve Jobs." I was struck by that combo (especially the first 3), and what it might reveal about the American (and perhaps even "the human") psyche--and what appears to be our consistent need to "balance" or "offset" difficult concerns with frivolous-seeming ones. Some people immediately attribute that kind of behavior to a mass character flaw of sorts (e.g., denial). But given that "difficult" situations--even vicarious ones--cause humans to consume greater-than-normal amounts of self-regulatory resources (search google for psych research by Baumeister and colleagues on this topic), maybe it is actually adaptive for us to "recharge" by focusing some of our attention on mildly-interesting but largely mindless topics/pursuits? My point, I guess, is that there may be "bigger reasons" why stories like "Obama's emotions" become popular during difficult times...and perhaps we should expect--and maybe even encourage--that. One can fault news organizations for "going after ratings." But if those "soft" stories help viewers to cope and help them to to restore the "energy" that will be required for them to be able to take in more/new info about those "difficult" issues...then bring it on!”
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Why Glee's 'Breakthrough Gay Scene' Fails as a Teachable Moment

Commented Jun 1, 2010 at 15:47:16 in Entertainment

“I have not seen the episode. But on the topic of music that gets at this issue (and may work well on this show): Evan Dando (a singer associated with the Lemonheads) does an amazing acoustic version of the old tune "Different Drum." The song--originally sung by Linda Ronstadt--was written from a woman's perspective...and in it "she" explains to a man why she can't accept his affections. But in Dando's amazing re-take on the song--using the original lyrics (i.e., "he" and "boy are all still in place")--the song is transformed into a touching, respectful, and matter-of-fact way in which "he" tells "a man" why he cannot return the guy's affections--because (in essence) "You and me...travel to the beat of a different drum." I can't really explain why the song works, but it really does. Search for it on youtube. Glee Producers: I'm telling you...check it out. And do give Dando credit and attention if use it! His innovation was/is an act of genius.”
Obama White House Defends Itself Against James Carville's Oil Spill Criticism

Obama White House Defends Itself Against James Carville's Oil Spill Criticism

Commented May 29, 2010 at 02:11:09 in Green

“Cheap shot, Gary.”

garystartswithg on May 29, 2010 at 02:15:58

“if you think otherwise i got some bayou land for sale.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 09:58:09 in Technology

“"Borrow" and "share" are fine terms when one is talking about a few friends. But they are offensive when talking about sharing files with 100,000 people. See "pick your poison" below.

People steal music en mass because they can currently get away with it. Those who choose to do so *try* to feel/seem morally superior by using post-hoc rationalizations to justify their behavior. [Pick your poison: ”everybody's doing it”; the industry is evil and I am protesting; the artists don't get paid anyway; all music sucks so why pay; music is too expensive; I have spent tons of money in the past; musicians make money from touring not royalties; why should artists be millionaires; sharing with 1 friend is no different than sharing with 100,00 strangers in the internet, etc. ].

Do I think the music industry needs to adapt and do better by artists AND consumers? No question. Do I think there is a moral center to 90.5% of the post-hoc rationalizations being put forth by the so-called "music lovers" who just want a lot of something for nothing? NOPE. BUT: if YOU are willing to do what you are expecting the artists to do and go to work without getting paid, then I might give you some cred. Until then, at least have the ba**s to admit that you steal BECAUSE YOU CAN. Stop with the justifications.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 00:32:24 in Technology

“Sociopaths unite!”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 00:31:19 in Technology

“Great point, Tex. You should turn that line into a tee shirt! I will buy it.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 00:29:30 in Technology

“Urban legend.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 00:28:56 in Technology

“Great. Let me know when you're ready to go to work for free. No? Didn't think so.”

mbaty on May 26, 2010 at 01:38:55

“You are oversimplifying it. We are talking about music file sharing. The discussion is about the gray area between when it is ok to share music online for free and when music should be bought. I don't see any popular artists working for free, and I don't expect them to. People have been borrowing things from other people since time began, and yet we still have commerce. Obviously there is a balance that we are trying to find here since technology has made it too easy to "share" music. Notice that we even call it "file sharing." If I loan you a cd, I am not an accomplice to robbery, even if you burn and enjoy that cd. And I can do the same thing from the library.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 00:27:17 in Technology

“Some good suggestions there. Keep going.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 26, 2010 at 00:12:26 in Technology

“A majority of the arguments being made in favor of illegal downloading are built on a logical foundation that is little more than a variation on that old joke: "Why does the dog lick his ba**s? BECAUSE HE CAN." People steal music en mass because they can currently get away with it. Those who choose to do so *try* to feel/seem morally superior by using post-hoc rationalizations to justify their behavior. [Pick your poison: ”everybody's doing it”; the industry is evil and I am protesting; the artists don't get paid anyway; all music sucks so why pay; music is too expensive; I have spent tons of money in the past; musicians make money from touring not royalties; why should artists be millionaires; sharing with 1 friend is no different than sharing with 100,00 strangers in the internet, etc. ].

Do I think the music industry needs to adapt and do better by artists AND consumers? No question. Do I think there is a moral center to 90.5% of the post-hoc rationalizations being put forth by the so-called "music lovers" who just want a lot of something for nothing? NOPE. BUT: if YOU are willing to do what you are expecting the artists to do and go to work without getting paid, then I might give you some cred. Until then, at least have the ba**s to admit that you steal BECAUSE YOU CAN. Stop with the justifications.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 22:17:31 in Technology

“You may not realize it...but you can go to itunes or amazon (or wherever) and buy ONLY the 2 good songs! Problem solved. Wasn't that easy? There is no longer a need for you to "get suckered"--and no need for YOU to sucker the artists by stealing their two good songs--or/and their crap ones by downloading illegally. We can retire your excuse now.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 22:05:43 in Technology

“Right...so fight greed with GREED. Definitely the morally superior position.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 22:04:50 in Technology

“Yeah...cause that example really maps onto your need to steal the latest Lady Gaga cd”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 22:02:14 in Technology

“Right...so the answer is to be "just like them" and steal and cheat YOUR way to "profit"??? That's the morally superior position in your mind? Do let me know when you are ready to go to work for free--because that's what your behavior says artists should do...WORK FOR NO MONEY so that YOU (and all of the others just like you) can pig out on the fruits of their labors.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 21:54:57 in Technology

“NECESSITY, my friend, is the mother of invention. This piggish free-for-all will not last forever.”

NHBill on May 25, 2010 at 23:07:31

“it's already evolving into Pandora type services, radio stations personally programmed and served over the web.
It may save the music companies buy broadcast music radio is toast.
The idea of actually buying and owning physical copies of music files will seem a quaint notion in the very near future.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 21:48:59 in Technology

“The "it's all crap...and not paying for it is a morally legitimate act of protest" is nothing more than a post-hoc rationalization based on a simplistic generalization.”

Ex-Kindergartner on May 25, 2010 at 23:35:27

“Please don't misunderstand me. I do NOT condone any "morally legitimate act of protest" that is tantamount to theft. I am merely trying to say that the recording industry has left almost all of its customers and artists with huge levels of frustration as they (the industry) clung to trying to force everybody to do things the most convenient way for them...instead of the best way for customers and artists. Nature abhors a vacuum. Market demands will find a supply, even if it is a black market. The recording industry has waited waaay too long to address these issues realistically. I don't think they can get the upper hand on it now. Not without convincing their market/customers that their legitimate product is far superior to a black market, pirated version. I sincerely hope they can do it because like you, I am troubled that people are justifying theft with all this! Once that thievery is institutionalized, what's next?”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 21:45:15 in Technology

“Your example is an interesting one, but it is the exception rather than the rule.”
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Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Commented May 25, 2010 at 21:40:47 in Technology

“Fantastic points in each of your posts! Keep up the good fight. ;)”
Lance Armstrong CRASH (PHOTOS)

Lance Armstrong CRASH (PHOTOS)

Commented May 20, 2010 at 19:58:13 in Sports

“This is THE most EFFED up headline and story I have ever seen on Huffington Post. I am sickened.”
Demi Moore Book? Actress Shopping Memoir Proposal

Demi Moore Book? Actress Shopping Memoir Proposal

Commented May 19, 2010 at 02:04:06 in Books

“My guess is that the few "negative comments" I saw here were posted by people who are under 30 (or so). Sadly, Demi has not acted much during the past decade...and so those who are a bit younger may just know her as this "famous woman" who happens to be married to Kutcher.

From what I remember of Demi's life...it has been pretty intriguing. Family issues (her mom posing nude for some pretty explicit magazines?). Hollywood ups & downs. Leaving to raise kids, etc. I also think she's a darned good actress--which usually got overlooked in all of the hype about her looks and how much money she made. [Even that old Will & Grace guest appearance was very funny--she showed a real flair for comedy.]

I wish Demi would find the courage to go off and take some roles in indy films for the sake of exploring what she is capable of doing as an actress. I suspect she is capable of great things if she's challenged (and has good material/direction). Who cares if she ever does another "blockbuster" movie. In fact, I think her story--biography or autobiography--would be 100 times more fascinating if she were to summon the courage to take the plunge...and become a real ACTRESS. In fact, one role (even a tiny one) in which Demi shows how good she can be without looking beautiful...and it will be a game-changer (externally AND internally).”
LimeWire Loses RIAA Case Over Copyright Infringement

LimeWire Loses RIAA Case Over Copyright Infringement

Commented May 12, 2010 at 22:19:18 in Technology

“You cannot compare recording the music from FM stations for personal use and sharing a song on the internet with 100,000+ of your closest friends. C'mon. The former is personal use, but the latter is simply anarchy.”
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