Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who see venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a new policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. 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.
‘Friends of Hamas’ and Why the GOP Can’t Win the Internet
If you want to appreciate how vast the digital divide is that historically separates conservative failures and liberal accomplishments online, and if you want to add some context to the recent New York Times Magazine feature article on how Republicans’ chronic online shortcomings dim the party’s electoral chances, just look at how the two camps were marking their time in recent days.
Depressing Reality Behind Oprah’s Giveaways
Oprah is famous for giving out free stuff to her audience (which is a big switch for older readers, who may remember when she was famous for being fat and losing a bunch of weight).
What’s Next for Books in the Digital Age?
As volumes printed on paper evolve to newer media – at some point, a printed volume seems likely to become a luxury item – we’re obliged to think about what constitutes a book in the digital age.