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How We Arrived At The Current State Of Our Politics

Harry Shearer | Posted 11.12.2014 | Media
Harry Shearer

We've now arrived at the era of "feeding the base," telling the most likely voters what they've told consultants they most want to hear -- the clanging echo chamber that passes for modern American political discourse. Just as advertisers' wishes have merged with (if not driven) technological change in the media universe, so in politics: speaking to the larger mass audience is a rare event, limited to special ceremonial occasions like inaugurations. The rest of the messaging is targeted, if not dog-whistled, to specific tranches of the desired constituency, sliced as finely as the mortgages (pre-2008) or the auto loans in modern financial "securities."

Eliot Spitzer Goes From Politics To Media To Politics

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 09.08.2013 | Media

Eliot Spitzer is just the latest politician to make the well-worn course from public office to the media and back again. Spitzer, who is running fo...

Get Active! Get Engaged! Get Informed!

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media
Ivanley Noisette

The 24-hour news cycle is not always conducive to objective truth-seeking. Instead, it is often more proficient at focusing on surface generalizations and reaching premature and sometimes baseless conclusions.

A New Politics for Black Youth: From Rodney King to the 2012 Elections

Cathy J. Cohen | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices
Cathy J. Cohen

As the 2012 election approaches it is important to realize how young people of color are using new media to amplify their voices in the political realm. Are we prepared to embrace their innovation and support their engagement?

Introducing a Blog Blog

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 06.20.2012 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

Blogs can serve as a great outlet for college students to voice their concerns and opinions in a mediated environment that is often saturated with viewpoints from established players.

Evangelical Consistency and the 2012 Elections

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Too many of congregants' political priorities are determined by a party or ideology -- not the Word of God. Their identities are shaped by marketing and media campaigns that manufacture a view of the world in order to maximize their own power and profit.