Gabriel Stein: "In 2009, a member of my family died. Fortunately, it wasn’t a flesh-and-blood relative, but four and a half years later, the loss still stings. It was my hometown newspaper and employer of my father, its editorial cartoonist, for 31 years: The Rocky Mountain News of Denver, Colorado."
A Death In The Family - Savor your newspaper. This is what it feels like when it’s gone.
For kids born in the U.S. since 9/11, who have never known peacetime, dogged by headlines of mass shootings and improvised explosive devices, it makes sense their chosen champion would be a reaction to violence and war. But unlike the baby boomers who reacted to war by anointing a hero with a pistol and a big shield, the millennials prefer a skinny alien in a bowtie who's famous for saying: "You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!"
Why were there so many children at the Batman movie?
The media has an awful lot to do with this, A lot of these offenders are driven by the exposure they will get. That's what they want, in addition to payback for some hurt they think they've suffered.
Movies, TV news and video games provide a "dress rehearsal" for the acts they dream of carrying out,
Teresa Tomeo, a media expert, Catholic radio-show host and author who has written about the influence of media, said everyone, especially parents, has a responsibility to monitor the amount and effect of violent content being consumed by children and teens.
"It's a call for moderation, to keep an eye on the amounts and kinds of media we're consuming,"
She pointed to The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry study that states the typical person in the U.S. will see 200,000 violent acts, including more than 16,000 murders, in the media before they reach 18.
A Kaiser Family Foundation study in 2010 stated children ages 8 to 18 consume 53 hours of media a week. Only 3 in 10 young people said they had any rules on how much they watch.
Another one bites the dust
The transition to on-line from hard print will happen.I subscribed to Newsweek for many years but gave it up two years ago because it was no longer the magazine I once enjoyed.
Volkswagen's winning Superbowl commercial
After 85 years the Little Orphan Annie comic strip will end this summer.
Is this an oxymoron?
My favorite NPR show is Radio Lab, which I listen to via podcast. The Onion AV Club recently interviewed hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich about their program and its unique sound and topic approach.
A moment of "fame"
I attended a peace rally at the state capitol this afternoon in recognition of the 5th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war. I carried the same sign that I carried at a rally five years ago just before the war began. It was made by Sarah. Both the sign and I were on Channel 9 News at 5:00 this evening--but only for a brief moment. I think it was the sweet handmade sign that got the attention of the camera lady.
It's True! I saw it on the InterWeb!
The conventional response to myths and urban legends is to counter bad information with accurate information. But the new psychological studies show that denials and clarifications, for all their intuitive appeal, can paradoxically contribute to the resiliency of popular myths.
Creative P. R.
Greenwash: A pejorative term applied to companies and corporations that try to sell themselves as more green (environmentally friendly) than they actually are.
9 1/2 hours per day!
Americans spend more time watching t.v., listening to the radio, surfing the Net and reading newspapers than anything else except breathing!Projected hours for next year:
*1,555 watching t.v. (Increase)
*974 listening to