Monthly Archives: May 2013

Another journalist finds time from covering real news to feel sorry for the rich

The title of the article is “Why the rich don’t feel rich,” but the true subject of the recent piece by U.S. News & World Report’s chief business correspondent Rick Newman is why we should have sympathy for the economic problems

Thumbs up to Boy Scouts. Thumbs down to parents who pull their boys from the Scouts

With the acceptance of gay Boy Scouts, the mainstreaming of gays is almost completed.  It won’t be long before the Scouts take the next step and allow gays to be Scout leaders and it won’t be long before gay marriage

Listification turns knowledge into tidbits of information

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning 13 Jokes That Every Math Geek Will Find Hilarious The 20 Most Valuable Brands In The World 7 Tornado Apps For Your Smartphone That Will Alert And Protect You These headlines are

Can we get on with addressing the challenges of global warming?

A recent study found that over the past 20 years, scientists have written more than 4,000 academic papers on global warming and a nearly unanimous 97.1% of them agreed that climate change exists and is primarily caused by humans. To

The real score in Bush II v. Obama on civil rights: the country loses

Persecuting medical marijuana merchants. Sending drones after U.S. citizens. Trying to restrict access to the Plan B birth control pill. Making special investigations of right-wing groups. Fishing through the records of Associated Press reporters. It looks as if the Obama

Oreos decides that a “Sesame Street” approach will sell cookies to adults

Adults read the New York Times. While the Times does not release readership demographics segmented by age, it lets potential advertisers know that the median age of its readers is 52, meaning that exactly half of all readers are older

March of Dimes aspirational message has kids striving for celebrity

Ideological imperatives shine through most strongly in the details that marketers or writers select to adorn the basic idea or narrative of a piece of communications. That’s a mighty fancy statement. What it means is that be it a TV

Coke global marketing campaign links its unhealthy beverages with healthy living

Behind Coke’s international marketing campaign to insinuate that the beverages it sells are part of a healthy lifestyle lurks the hidden message that Coke doesn’t care what you drink—as long as it’s a Coke product. That’s not how the company

MET dumbs down exhibit of punk fashion into an amusement park fright night

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition on fashion, Punk: Chaos to Couture, raises a basic question about the modus operandi under which the MET and other museums operate: is the museum a place to contemplate or to be titillated?

College students grab low-paying jobs and stay in debt

When taken together, four current news stories depict the massive grift that American education has been running on the American public for the past decade or so. Let’s start with what on the surface appears to be good news for