It’s been a rough week or so for freedoms of all kinds. Top of mind is the list of states that have decided they have the right to police women’s bodies. As of this writing, eight states have passed bills to place extreme limitations on abortions. Shout out to Illinois where I live for doing exactly the … Continue reading Was the Law Always This Judgmental?
Today is World Press Freedom Day. According to Gallup, the world in general is more likely to see the media as having a lot of freedom than it did a few years ago. “Across 133 countries surveyed last year – one of the deadliest on record for journalists – a median of 64% of adults agreed … Continue reading Is Freedom of the Press a Good Thing?
Several things happened this week that have me thinking our perspective on the power of the media is skewed. It’s real, no doubt, but we’re missing something really basic. That might sound strange coming from a member of the media. But I like to think of myself as a different kind of journalist in that, … Continue reading Meghan Markle, the Media and Our Vanishing Rights to Privacy, Decency and Giving Birth Without Photo Shoots
Nipsey Hussle died this week. Or, he was shot and killed this week. I didn’t know much about him. I’d never listened to any of his music until it came time to write this blog, and I thought it was a fitting sound track. My first exposure to him was through Gary Vaynerchuk of all … Continue reading Nipsey Hussle: Short Life, Untimely Death, Enduring, Undeniably Positive Legacy
It seems like every other day some media or tech company is settling a lawsuit. Discrimination this, monopoly that, to the tune of millions of dollars. But I’ve noticed a pattern. When the suit involves women and minorities vs. say, a company, the restitution is considerably smaller. Take Vice Media, for instance. The company has … Continue reading When It Comes to a Woman’s Money, What’s with the Punishment Slap on the Wrist?
Some days I feel like a spectator in this really weird game of media bumper cars. As a career journalist, I have inside knowledge of how the media works. The good, the bad, and we all know things can get very ugly. But lately things seem especially wretched. Huge companies that have a huge impact … Continue reading Media Influence Is so Bad, Apple Wants to Teach Critical Thinking
So, the big news this week is the college admissions cheating scandal. But it’s not the scandal itself that I find interesting. Didn’t we always know that rich people pay in unsavory, under the table type ways, to get their kids into the best schools? It’s been a storyline or a sub story line in … Continue reading Don’t You Love It When Criminals Are Happy, Smiling and Perfectly Contoured?
So, actor Jussie Smollett is officially on fire. The Cook County State’s Attorney charged him with felony disorderly conduct for making a false police report, he was arrested Thursday and later released on a $100,000 bond. Until the office charge came down, I was still hoping that all the hubbub was just that, some kind of grandiose … Continue reading Jussie Smollett: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
I was in the gym a few days ago when I saw it: National Enquirer publisher in league with Trump. Ordinarily I would’ve just rolled my eyes and refocused my attention elsewhere. First, it’s a Trump story. Second, it’s the National Enquirer. I’m no Woodward or Bernstein admittedly, but I still rate myself slightly higher … Continue reading There’s a Connection Between the National Enquirer and the 2016 Election