American news media outlets such as Time and Newsweek are keeping the U.S. in the dark about world issues; a Silicon Valley startup has dreamed up a ship for international techies to avoid immigration problems; and Wi-Fi and cellphones are making us sick—or are they? These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
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Christmas Carols: Why do we keep singing them?
Why have Christmas carols stuck around so long—and not just boldly, puzzlingly, recording-career-of-Tom Jones long but centuries, epochs, eons? Consider the bizarreness of the product at hand. …
Occupy D.C. distances from Democrats. Or does it?
The more than 100 D.C. Occupiers who marched from McPherson Square on Wednesday night to protest outside two high-dollar fundraisers for 15 House Democrats, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, carried what seemed an especially clear message for a movement so often criticized for lacking focus.
Which Side Are We On? NYT, U.S. and Cluster Bombs
International efforts to ban cluster bombs fell apart late last week. If you were reading about this in The New York Times, you might have been led to believe that the United States was pushing to get rid of the weapons—instead of the opposite.
How Politicians’ Sex Lives Changed America’s History
A review of pornographer Larry Flynt and Columbia American history professor David Eisenbach’s book “One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History.”