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Broadcast News: The Show

One point, perhaps the point, of HBO’s The Newsroom is that the media gives you only one side of a story, and rarely the most interesting or useful side at that. Last night The Newsroom aired its series finale, and reactions from the major industry sites, who mostly despise the show, wound up ironically and exactly proving the show’s point: they failed to give this story the analysis it deserves. Who do I mean? Oh, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, Grantland, Variety,
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Autism

“I Had Autism” – one of my students

Here’s a not-particularly-well-guarded secret from academia: all of us professors hope to have at least one active, engaged student who answers our rhetorical questions, pulls the other students into Socratic dialogue, and demonstrates reflection on the required reading. If you told me in advance that a particular semester’s assemblage of students just wouldn’t have such a student, I’d seriously reconsider the value in my making any kind of effort with the class. Now that the grades are all submitted for
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Populism

The Week Millennials Went “Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?”

If American millennials – defined as born between 1982 and 2004 – have a political hero, it’s certainly not Barack Obama, Rand Paul, or any other institutional politician like that. It’s Edward Snowden. He’s unpopular in some twentysomething quarters, but the majority of young adults appreciate how he pulled the veil from intrusive and illegal surveillance operations by governments. Snowden’s 2013 revelations (were they only 18 months ago?) bolster a narrative that has existed at least since Facebook overtook Myspace:
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