China’s government is trying to enhance security in hospitals to protect health care providers from patients’ furious relatives; Obama seems completely indifferent to outrage over the NSA leaks; meanwhile, Wikipedia’s volunteer workforce is dwindling. 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.
Who Killed Michael Hastings?
Early in the morning on June 18, a brand new Mercedes C250 coupe was driving through the Melrose intersection on Highland Avenue in Hollywood when suddenly, out of nowhere, it sped up.
Why is Obama So Indifferent to the NSA Scandal?
Given that the NSA is guilty of some of the most wide spread crimes against the largest number of American citizens since the country had slavery, it is curious that Obama seems so passive, and almost indifferent, to the problem.
Glenn Greenwald and the Future of Leaks
Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer-turned-journalist-turned-global headline for his reporting on leaked NSA documents, says there is about to be a revolution that will radically change how news organizations cover governments and other big institutions.
In Praise of Social Sciences
Should we expect the social sciences in general, and anthropology in particular, to enlighten us about society’s problems and how they might be solved?
The Real Privacy Problem
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data.
The Decline of Wikipedia
The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10.