Crickets: Climate Change Is Not Debated At All By Democrats in Their Fourth Debate

by Zoya Teirstein edited by O Society October 17, 2019 Moderators of the three previous Democratic primary debates caught a lot of flak from environmental advocates for not spending enough time on climate crisis. On Tuesday night, moderators of the fourth episode of Survivor pave the way for a new era of climate politics by featuring … Continue reading Crickets: Climate Change Is Not Debated At All By Democrats in Their Fourth Debate

21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion

by Gideon Lichfield edited by O Society October 10, 2019 “There are two kinds of propaganda,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited, a retrospective on his famous novel: "rational propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with the enlightened self-interest of those who make it and those to whom it is addressed…" … Continue reading 21st Century Propaganda: A Guide to Interpret & confront the Dark Arts of Persuasion

‘No, You’re Corrupt!’: the Method in Trump’s Playground Taunts

https://youtu.be/NkJx6t2EOAo Donald Trump's tactic of redirecting accusations of misconduct back at his accuser is childish, petty … and surprisingly effective by Tom McCarthyism edited by O Society October 5, 2019 Since he first emerged from the primordial muck of reality TV, Donald Trump  responds to attacks from political opponents with some version of a playground phrase. … Continue reading ‘No, You’re Corrupt!’: the Method in Trump’s Playground Taunts

As a Foreign Reporter Visiting the US, I Am Flabbergasted by Trump’s Press Conference

https://youtu.be/I3hjFU9rNNY Despite being subjected to a daily diet of Trump headlines and images, I am unprepared for the president’s alarming incoherence when he's unedited by Lenore Taylor edited by O Society September 21, 2019 As a regular news reader, I thought I was across the eccentricities of the US president. Most mornings in Australia begin … Continue reading As a Foreign Reporter Visiting the US, I Am Flabbergasted by Trump’s Press Conference

The Belief Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content Strains Crediblity

by Alison Levy edited by O Society September 18, 2019 Corporate ownership of media interferes with the core societal function of the press: reporting and investigating key issues at the intersection of public need and governance. And nowhere is that more critical than when it comes to climate. Due to their corporate conflicts of interest, trusted … Continue reading The Belief Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content Strains Crediblity

Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism

by Bernie Sanders edited by O Society September 18, 2019 WALTER CRONKITE ONCE SAID “journalism is what we need to make democracy work.” He was absolutely right, which is why today’s assault on journalism by Wall Street, billionaire businessmen, Silicon Valley, and Donald Trump presents a crisis—and why we must take concrete action. Real journalism is … Continue reading Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism

The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Pentagon is using the moral panic over “fake news” to gain influence over the domestic news landscape by Matt Taibbi edited by O Society August 7, 2019 If there’s a worse idea than the Pentagon becoming Editor-in-Chief of America, I can’t remember it. But we’re getting there: From Bloomberg over Labor Day weekend: Fake … Continue reading The Pentagon Wants More Control Over the News. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?