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Recent articles on Media Reform, all in one convenient place!

Recent articles on Media Reform, all in one convenient place!

| January 30, 2007 | Reply

If you’ve been following this blog for the past few weeks, you know that I attended the National Conference for Media Reform in Memphis Tennessee (Jan 12-14).  The conference, sponsored by Free Press, drew more than 3,500 participants. Free Press offered a reduced admission fee to those who agreed to blog the conference.  I took […]

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How does the untamed torrent of online reader feedback affect writers?

How does the untamed torrent of online reader feedback affect writers?

| January 30, 2007 | 2 Replies

Here’s a long and thoughtful article by Gary Kamiya on Salon, titled “The Readers Strike Back.” The article is as long as it is thoughtful. Kamiay brings out the many ways in which unedited, immediate and intense reader feedback (especially at newspapers & e-zines) affects writers and their craft.  Here’s the before and after snapshot:  [T]he newly […]

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Blasphemy Challenge gets FOX all puckered

Blasphemy Challenge gets FOX all puckered

| January 29, 2007 | 6 Replies

Here’s some compelling viewing, compliments of Pharyngula.  It’s John Kasich of FOX interviewing Brian Flemming, producer of the video “The God Who Wasn’t There“).  Kasich is so upset, you’d think he really believes in hell.  Flemming has heard it all before, obviously.  Loved his line: “I think that Atheists can play basketball too.”). To sum up […]

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Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude

| January 29, 2007 | Reply

I don’t have any friends like this.   I don’t think I do . . .

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Evangelical War on Evolution

Evangelical War on Evolution

| January 29, 2007 | 5 Replies

Here’s a short video that takes you deep into a fundie lecture hall to be taught by the likes of Ken Ham.  I learned of this video by visiting a well-written science blog, Pharyngula (written by biology professor Paul Z. Myers). Watching the video is startling, disturbing and depressing.  The young children are being taught to mindlessly repeat […]

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A free science education, compliments of science blogs

A free science education, compliments of science blogs

| January 29, 2007 | 5 Replies

I’ve recently been digging into the family of blogs that goes under the umbrella name: scienceblogs.com.  Here’s the general mission: Our mission is to build a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about science and its place in our culture, and give them a place to meet. The Science Blogs are a tremendous resource, consisting 57 […]

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Why America will lose the war on terror

Why America will lose the war on terror

| January 29, 2007 | 1 Reply

Since the Korean War (officially called a “police action”), America has been famous for losing wars.  It drew a stalemate in Korean — a conflict that has still not officially ended.  It lost in Cuba, in the Bay of Pigs.  It lost in Viet Nam, after losing 50,000 lives, billions of dollars and nearly a […]

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Senator Russ Feingold:  Time for a real plan to end American military involvement in Iraq.

Senator Russ Feingold: Time for a real plan to end American military involvement in Iraq.

| January 29, 2007 | 1 Reply

Back in September, 2006, I bemoaned the lack of a real plan by any Democratic leaders regarding Iraq.  Things have not changed since September.  It has not been easy to find any leader stepping up with anything other than a symbolic plan or a wish.  That is the context of Feingold’s recent post at Huffpo:  […]

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Speech coaches for freethinkers?

Speech coaches for freethinkers?

| January 28, 2007 | 3 Replies

Isn’t it striking how many highly intelligent freethinkers are ineffective speakers and writers?  Not all of them, mind you.  Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins are notable exceptions in my mind. They both get right to the point using ordinary words.  They both look at their audience while speaking. Harris is one of the more affable speakers out there, […]

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