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.
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.