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Posts tagged with ‘Media Literacy’

  • Social Media and the First Amendment

    By Jeffery M. McCall on March 9, 2015
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    Social media is a crazy world, indeed, sparking firestorms over petty things, such as the color of some dress in Scotland. Most social media posts connect people to ideas, news, fun and each other. There is, however, a dark and demented corner of social media where posters threaten and scare individuals. That leaves law enforcement with the challenge of sorting […]
  • America is Doomed

    By Sheila Kennedy on January 8, 2015
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    Before the incident–and attendant snark–went viral, no fewer than three friends had sent me news items about Kirby Delauter, a Frederick County (Maryland) Council Member, who threatened to sue a local journalist named Bethany Rodgers for … wait for it… using his name without permission in a newspaper article. Think about that for a minute: this jerk is an elected official. Presumably he […]
  • The Rolling Stone rape story debacle

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on December 29, 2014
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    Journalism enters dangerous territory when reporters look to tell “stories” that are more dramatic, more sensational and more confrontational than what is provided by real life. Rolling Stone magazine found this out with its recent, misguided story about sexual assault at the University of Virginia. Sexual assault is, indeed, a concern on college campuses, and perpetrators need to be caught. […]
  • What is liberal?

    By John Guy on December 18, 2014
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    “Why are television dramas always ‘liberal,’” asks a friend. “Not true,” I say, and soon recant, because I cannot recall a drama that is ‘conservative.’ What is going on? The answer reveals a lot about the human condition and civic interaction. A definition of “liberal” is “open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values,” to which […]
  • Media contribute to nation’s violent culture

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on December 17, 2014
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    The nation struggles to explain why violence is so much a part of its daily experience. Senseless murders. Sports stars committing domestic violence. Perpetrators playing “knockout games” on public streets. School principals dealing with widespread bullying. The causes of violence are many, complex and difficult to assess. One contributing factor to the disturbing culture of violence, to be sure, is […]
  • Stick to the facts on climate change

    By John Guy on December 1, 2014
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    That which is certain is uncertain. The more certain and popular a hypothesis, such as climate change, and the more aggressively advocates ridicule disbelievers, the less likely related predictions will prove true. For extended periods, some as long as centuries, people, almost unanimously, held incorrect or unproven beliefs. They believed that the earth is flat, and that it is the […]
  • What a lack of Civics could look like in your state.

    By admin on November 12, 2014
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    The folks over at PoliTech recently decided to have a little fun at the expense of the students at Texas Tech University. Like Jimmy Kimmel who exposed how much Americans’ perspectives on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have been distorted, a young student asks her fellow students basic questions about civics and history. When I say basic, I mean BASIC: […]
  • Accept Different Perspectives

    By Linda Diakite Karressy on June 2, 2014
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    It’s the season for celebrities, politicians, and other high profile individuals to share their wisdom on how to maneuver through life to the new wave of graduates.  Ironically First Lady Michelle Obama and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice invitation to speak has caused protest.  The opposition believes the invite for First Lady Obama was politically motivated.  As for Rice, […]
  • Serious economic analysis scarce on network TV

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on April 28, 2014
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    Network television newsrooms often must cover stories for which they have no internal experts. That’s why aeronautic engineers and pilots are put on the air to analyze airplane emergencies. Judges and lawyers are paraded out to discuss whatever sensational trial hits the news agenda. When it comes to news of the economy, however, TV news has little interest in talking […]
  • Ill-advised FCC study sets off alarm bells

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on March 17, 2014
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    The Federal Communications Commission has backed away from the senseless study it planned that would have had researchers snooping into the content decisions made in local broadcast newsrooms. While that is nice to know, the American public now needs to hear what Paul Harvey would have described as “the rest of the story.” First, it is worth noting this planned […]
  • Glad President Cannot Control News

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on February 17, 2014
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    The president of the United States is often characterized as the most powerful person in the world. In spite of the enormous power held by the leader of the free world, however, there remains one thing the president can’t do — control the news agenda. The constitutional framers created a free press to make sure the government powers-that-be couldn’t orchestrate […]
  • Journalistic Blunders Hurting Confidence

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on December 18, 2013
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    Network television news executives wanting to know why ratings continue to decline can find the answer in a growing string of professional blunders within their industry. Polls show public confidence in network television news is eroding. Audiences leave to get news from the Internet, or worse, don’t consume news at all. Cable news outlets have suffered deep losses across the […]