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
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, by now you’ve probably heard about Gucci and the case of the blackface sweater. The luxury brand has been taking a lot of heat, as I think it should. It’s paltry in the extreme that a storied fashion house like this would be so insensitive to a key segment of its customer base. Their … Continue reading 50 Cent: Making Waves, Making Change and Burning Gucci
You know those westerns where the sheriff smirks and tells the bad guy who’s been terrorizing the citizens, “you’ve got ‘til sundown to get outta town,” then turns and walks away? It’s implied that if you don’t, Mr. Bad Guy, I’m gonna fill your ass fulla lead. We need that. Day after day the stories … Continue reading We Need a Sheriff for the Internet
So, Ellen wants Kevin Hart to host the Oscars. You may have heard that Hart took himself out of consideration for the role after trolls dug up some old – for old read 2009-ish – homophobic tweets. They used these as evidence that he’s a terrible person who shouldn’t be given such a fabulous opportunity, … Continue reading Kevin Hart, Who Wins? Trolls or the Oscars?
So, Bette Midler, a singer/actress I’ve enjoyed for many many years – who didn’t love Beaches? – sent out a few controversial tweets this week using the n-word. I’ve always liked Midler. She’s a great singer, for one, a true entertainer, and she made it big being different. She made herself a star by not fitting … Continue reading If You’re Not Black, Don’t Say the N-Word
Ordinarily I disdain politics. Watching that pitiful reality show unfolding each day in the White House is like perpetual constipation, all useless poots and annoying belly pains. But what kind of journalist would I be if I ignored this week’s juicy happenings around Michael Cohen, long time Trump lawyer, who pled guilty to eight criminal … Continue reading Censorship vs. Foreign Meddling: Who Should Win in the Battle for Social Media?
There’s a certain level of emotional intelligence required to speak well publicly. You have to be aware of yourself, you should hopefully have deep empathy for others, and because of that you should be able to discern when not to speak, how to speak and on what topics. That’s not to say that those who … Continue reading Lindsay Lohan: Saying #MeToo Makes Women Look Weak? Not a Good Idea
By now we all know the power of the hashtag. No hashtag in particular, as any number of them can help someone go viral, start a civil rights movement, a dance craze, elevate political exposure, or shine a high beam on criminal misdeeds. The list of results is essentially endless. And like many hashtag results, … Continue reading Life Imitates Art, Then Someone Falls from a Moving Car