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Young People, Media and Health: Risks and Rights

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The agonizing book chapter title "Stealing Children's Innocence in Egypt: Media Literacy, Human Rights and Roads of Violence" hit the nail on the head...

How to Make the EU Elections Sexy

Alana Moceri | Posted 07.14.2014 | Media
Alana Moceri

We've come to use the word "sexy" to describe politics. Sex sells, and in order to compete with everything else screaming for attention, politics must also be sold.

The Value of a Full Spectrum View

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

"It doesn't matter what I think. It matters what the market thinks." Whether you are a financier, a retailer, an entertainer, or a political manager, this simple rule applies.

Syria Presents Tough Sales Job for Obama

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Resolving the civil war in Syria has the potential to bring more stability to the region. The possibility of a win-win outcome should be a key selling point for Obama as he tries to gather more allies for the cause.

Of Sugar Coats and Straight Jackets

Arnie Reisman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Arnie Reisman

Of course, words and images can undergo changes in meanings. What used to be acceptable can slip into disreputable. Suddenly, for example, sacrifice and compromise become dirty words. It would be nice if we could rise above such fears, control our hackles, keep our economy afloat.

'Friended' By the Mayor: How One Official Connected to his Township in Sandy's Wake

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Many residents of Teaneck are still marveling over how Mayor Mohammed Hameedudin helped them in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when many lost power as temperatures dropped.

Live from New York: Political Parody and the Press

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young | Posted 10.25.2012 | Media
Dannagal Goldthwaite Young

Research has demonstrated that we pick up pieces of information, become politically motivated and interested, and often become aware of news stories or events we might otherwise have missed, all through watching political comedy.

Why Republicans Support Government Mandates

David C. Wilson | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
David C. Wilson

Romney's argument keeps most Republicans at bay because it taps into their principled beliefs about states' rights, and is simple. Yet, it also implies he is either duplicitous or that he is against any and all federal legislation.

Taxes Are Going Up: Breaking the Code

Ruth Sherman | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Ruth Sherman

How do I know? Because politicians use coded language and in the past week or so a new phrase has appeared in the political discourse: And that phrase...

Civility: Far More Than Timidity and Nice People Being Nicer

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Reardon

Tolerance is better than no tolerance, but it's not as admirable a goal as appreciation. Likewise, civility is better than incivility, but not half as socially substantive as empathy and compassion.

Why Republicans Get to Cry

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

While it's interesting that men like Bush, Romney, and Boehner are allowing themselves to cry publicly lately, behind this seemingly harmless shift in acceptance is one of the ways that the Republicans are managing the narrative.

Presidential Potshots: Is There Any Excuse?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Leaving aside the controversy surrounding President Obama's proposed tax cut "deal," he is becoming his own worst enemy. Yesterday's demonstration of how to alienate as many people as possible was a disaster. Who is advising him?

Abdicating to the Right: The Ascendant American Aristocracy

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

The Republican Party has staked out a position where anything to the left of extreme selfishness is on the slippery slope to socialism. But it hasn't occurred to Democrats to counter with the more real scenario of creeping aristocracy.

GOP Spring Loaded to a Hostile Position: The Response George Soros Wants

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

The vote against paycheck fairness for women this week is a sign of what's to come from the GOP: pathological politics and hostility all the way.

Are You a Social Media Rock Star?

Matt Bernardy | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Matt Bernardy

As students, we're told that it could be years before we have real responsibility at work. My social media work provided me a shortcut to the table.

Apology Is a Leadership Skill

Ruth Sherman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ruth Sherman

Apology is a way to show accountability and take ownership. The ability to deliver a good apology is a quality we wish for in our elected officials, but, too often, don't get.

A Second City Warning to Obama

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael L. Millenson

The fact that Second City comics in the heart of Chicago are successfully playing to GOP-fueled fears of rationing should raise a bright red warning flag at the White House.