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“Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed | Media Matters for America
Journalism cannot serve its role as an institutional check on the powerful if it is driven by a need to maximize profit. The press can’t be afraid to be boring, but changes in the industry’s economic landscape over the past 20 years show what happens if it can’t keep our attention.
journalism  tv  media  politics  neilpostman  entertainment  whatnow  civics 
12 hours ago by dirtystylus
'Send Her Back': The Battle That Will Define Us Forever - The Atlantic
Omar must be defended, but not because of her views on Israel, gay rights, or progressive taxation. You needn’t agree with her on any of those things; in fact, you needn’t like her at all. But she must be defended, because the nature of the president’s attack on her is a threat to all Americans—black or white, Jew or Gentile—whose citizenship, whose belonging, might similarly be questioned. This is not about Omar anymore, or the other women of color who have been told by this president to “go back” to their supposed countries of origin. It is about defending the idea that America should be a country for all its people. If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere. What Americans do now, in the face of this, will define us forever.
by:adamserwer  unitedstates  race  immigration  racism  donaldtrump  whatnow  politics  democracy 
july 2019 by dirtystylus
Summer Brennan on Twitter: "I, A Rich Idle White Man, Am Perfectly Happy To Benefit From My Privilege In A Floundering America Without Informing Myself Or Participating To Help Others Who Are In Danger, a loving New York Times profile"
I, A Rich Idle White Man, Am Perfectly Happy To Benefit From My Privilege In A Floundering America Without Informing Myself Or Participating To Help Others Who Are In Danger, a loving New York Times profile
wealth  latecapitalism  whatnow  humor  politics  whiteprivilege 
march 2018 by dirtystylus
Author Eric Metaxas, evangelical intellectual, is sticking with Trump
In the landmark 1994 book “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,” historian Mark Noll began by writing that “the scandal … is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” Noll quoted from Charles Malik, a Lebanese diplomat and Eastern Orthodox Christian, who criticized the evangelical’s preoccupation for winning souls without giving much care to the life of the mind.

“The problem,” Malik said, “is not only to win souls but to save minds. If you win the whole world and lose the mind of the world, you will soon discover you have not won the world. Indeed, it may turn out that you have actually lost the world.”
evangelicalism  ericmetaxas  bonhoeffer  unitedstates  whatnow  donaldtrump  by:jonward 
february 2018 by dirtystylus
Taylor Swift’s New Song Is a Pure Piece of Trump-Era Pop Art
Just as we reached the final, dregs-and-leftovers phase of summer, the first pure, truly emblematic, undeniable piece of pop art of the Trump era landed right in our laps. Two nights before the fight, Taylor Swift unloaded her new single “Look What You Made Me Do,” and although Trump still seems wedded to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as his signature rally-closer, he really should consider an update. Swift’s tour de force of deflective petulance is amazing: It’s essentially a catalogue of every public feud she’s had that, without naming them, manages to extend, mock, and, most important, commodify them. (Side note: Do you know anyone in real life who has “feuds” who isn’t utterly insufferable?) “Look What You Made Me Do” — it’s right there in the title — is an anthem that turns the abrogation of personal responsibility into a posturing statement of empowerment. With its tense “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? … ’Cause she’s dead!” it embraces the possibility of calling “Do over!” as a form of self-realization, and imagines a world in which a clean slate means never having to say you’re sorry because every conceivable way you lash out must be someone else’s fault. Is Taylor Swift to blame for anything? How can any of us know? There was violence on many sides, many sides.
culture  whatnow  donaldtrump  unitedstates  taylorswift 
september 2017 by dirtystylus
Jelani Cobb on the Charlottesville white supremacists, Trump's response, and Nazis.
Yeah, I think that Nazi is the only unqualified evil, or at least has been the only [one] unqualified, because we have had a very mealy-mouthed ambivalence about the Confederacy, and we have tried to nuance it and make all those contextual claims to complicate the story of an alliance that was fighting for the preservation of slavery. And so when we say “Nazi,” we summon the idea of the United States’ moral victories, and military ones. We are not personally implicated. This country doesn’t feel personally implicated in the evils of Nazism. We are able to denounce it with a clear conscience.
politics  nazism  whatnow  neoconfederate  racism  charlottesville  donaldtrump  unitedstates 
august 2017 by dirtystylus
Will the Trump administration ever be held accountable for its abuses? Here’s one way it might. - The Washington Post
Government Accountability Office

“GAO is an extraordinarily valuable tool for provoking oversight — it gives the minority a key tool,” Sarah Binder, a congressional expert at George Washington University, told me today. “If taxpayer dollars are being used to sabotage the law, that’s a constitutional problem.”
politics  healthcare  republicanparty  democraticparty  government  unitedstates  whatnow  GAO 
july 2017 by dirtystylus
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