Did you spend part of your Sunday thinking about the shootings in Orlando?
I’ll bet folks who attend church services heard about grief and pain.
Our Buddhist friends here in Portland addressed the murders head-on.
What would be a thoughtful response?
Blame? Sorrow? Affirming it’s them, not us? Continue reading
It’s disheartening to see media coverage of politicos punching each other verbally while using human slaughter as fodder for their own gain.
This week a group of reporters spoke with John McCain in the hallway of the Senate building, where McCain claimed President Obama was “directly responsible” for the terror attack in Orlando, according to the Washington Post.
But what wasn’t reported is that McCain received more than $7.7 million in contributions from the National Rifle Association (NRA): more than any other elected representative in Washington.
Yet McCain blames Obama for the Orlando bloodbath enacted by a lone gunman who used weapons that should never be available to ordinary muggles; and most Americans agree. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again.
That time when graduation speeches and career advice flood Tweeterville and broadcast news.
If you were queen of the universe, what would you say to the Class of 2016?
Work hard? Follow your dreams? Eat breakfast? Continue reading
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Are you perplexed by political media coverage?
I am–and I’m supposed to be an expert.
In the 1970s I fell in love with writing, journalism and politics–thunderstruck by the power of the press after seeing images of gunned-down students at Kent State and reading about Richard Nixon’s downfall at the hands of the dogged press.
When it came time to make a decision about communication or politics, I chose the offer from Cornell over Harvard, and ended up studying mass media and journalism, rather than governance.
For nearly 30 years I’ve been privileged to research framing, propaganda and media effects.
As a result I’m perplexed and saddened by coverage of presidential politics.
But I couldn’t quite pin down the reasons until my students pointed out that mainstream news today is merely a distraction.
A full-throttle example of irony begins with a drive to visit relatives south of Portland on a beautiful spring day.
We sit and chat inside, so it is odd indeed that by twilight I discover my arms and hands have turned pink: I courted a sunburn piloting the car.
Thanks to an antibiotic I’m taking to ward off the last ravages of winter pneumonia, my skin is more sensitive to the sun—as the pill bottle’s warning label proves.