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Critical Massacre

Inexplicable. Horrifying. Tragic. Shocking and senseless. The massacre at Virginia Tech inspires language of disbelief, fear and indignation. The media, politicians and pundits offer ponderous meanderings through a maze of confusion built by one gunman in a moment of vindictive violence. Once a name and a face, along with a thought-provoking package sent to NBC, [...]

The Other Massacre

There were two massacres “in the news” this week. One, in a bucolic Virginia college town, kept the voracious, non-stop gaze of the media transfixed. Each detail described over and over again. Pictures replayed on seemingly infinite loops, the lives of victims explored and celebrated. The human cost considered and the inhumanity of random killing [...]

Rectification of Names

Confucius: “If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must [...]

So-called Journalists got a lot of (Soft)Balls

I think there were “good ‘ol days” when it comes to media/journalism/reporting. Yes, many incredibly important stories never quite made it into the media over the decades since cathode ray tubes invaded America’s homes, but there was some sense of “the news,” of the need to ask tough questions and to report. Now, it’s mostly [...]


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