Monthly Archives: November 2008

I Could Be Your Hero, Baby

I’m up to my ears in research paper-writing, so this will be quick and probably very scattered, but this article from Newsweek brought up several interesting points, I thought.  First of all, I really like Rachel Maddow and watch her … Continue reading

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Cease and Desist

The mainstream media’s seemingly endless barrage of banality with regard to First Lady fashion continues in the latest of a long string of articles devoted to dissecting the style choices of First Ladies past and present (in this case, Hillary … Continue reading

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Quick Follow Up

Jezebel has a really thoughtful, interesting write-up of the teen’s webcam suicide I wrote about yesterday (“Virtual In-Vanity“). The Jezebel piece focuses more on the the mentality of the online audience, but also touches on some of the themes of … Continue reading

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Virtual In-Vanity

This heartbreaking and very disturbing story on CNN about a Florida teenager who committed suicide on his live webcam while viewers egged him on and chatted back and forth about whether he would succeed got me thinking about the ways … Continue reading

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Keep Your Brands Off My Country

Expanding upon my post, “Notes on a Scandal” from a few days ago, I want to point your attention to another incredibly relevant, well written argument on the effects of commercialization and drive for profit on media. If this is … Continue reading

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Ummm…

CNN is currently illustrating their front page top headline about Hillary Clinton’s possible- looking- more- likely- all- the- time- just- go- ahead- and- announce- it- already- why- don’t- you appointment as Obama’s Secretary of State with this picture. Seriously, people, … Continue reading

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Notes on a Scandal

In the new issue of The Indypendent, writer Arun Gupta discusses the mainstream political media’s obsession with scandal. In his piece, “Scandalicious: Why Political Reporting Feasts on Drama and Trivia”, Gupta argues that scandal-mongering is a cash cow for corporate, … Continue reading

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