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Environmentalists Do Their Fair Share of Harm

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Posted on Sep 7, 2013

It’s possible that green groups do more damage to their cause than do climate change deniers; the question of whether journalism’s impact can be quantified has been coming up a lot lately; meanwhile, believing that girls can be older than their “chronological age” is dangerous. 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.

Naomi Klein: Green Groups May Be More Damaging Than Climate Change Deniers
The “No Logo” author explains how environmentalists may be more damaging to their cause than climate change deniers.

S.C. Teacher Bullied Student Mercilessly, Called Him “Gay Boy,” Until Student Attempted Suicide
A high school math teacher in South Carolina bullied a student so mercilessly as “gay” that the boy tried to kill himself, the teen and his mother claim in court.

Syrian Anarchist Challenges the Rebel/Regime Binary View of Resistance
As the US intensifies its push for military intervention in Syria, virtually the only narrative available swings from the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad to the role of Islamist elements within the resistance.

Ability to Perceive Minds of Others Emerges in Robot
The pearly white humanoid watches placidly as the woman moves a toy brick sitting on the table. Inside, iCub’s imagination is running wild.

Can Journalism’s Impact Be Measured?
There has been much discussion of late on the topic of impact measurement of the press and, in particular, nonprofit investigative news organizations.

Journalism Has Become Unstuck in Time
Jay Rosen argues that news evolved to tell people about important events that happened in places they weren’t. But time can create distance as powerfully as space can.

Bait and Switch
President Barack Obama’s turnaround on Syria comes as a surprise, given his recent shows of disdain for Congress. 

Why Can’t We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year?
On Saturday, the International Olympic Committee will change the destiny of one city forever.

Meet the Next-Generation Bus
For a lot of cities, the future of public transportation is going to be the good old bus.

The Newsonomics of Big Sports Money — and News
Sports used to rely on the media for publicity. Now it’s the leagues and teams with the power. How can sports journalism respond?

Sorry, Jeff Bezos, the News Bundle Isn’t Coming Back
This week, journalists at The Washington Post got their first look at their new boss’s vision for The Washington Post. There was a lot to like.

The Six Ways We Talk About a Teenage Girl’s Age
The idea that a teen can be “older than her chronological age” puts young girls in danger.

Anthony Weiner Dances To Song Calling For Killing Lesbians And Gays
Anthony Weiner, the Ansel Adams of crotch selfies, has a new embarrassment to deal with.

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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