Oh what to make of Sen. Joe Lieberman’s dark influence on health care reform? Should it be passed or torpedoed for the greater good? And what about sexting? Hey, there’s more to life than health care. And it’s all here, in today’s list.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that 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.
Teens and Sexting
As texting has become a centerpiece in teen social life, parents, educators and advocates have grown increasingly concerned about the role of cellphones in the sexual lives of teens and young adults.
Poor Joseph—God Was a Hard Act to Follow
A billboard at a New Zealand church depicting a downcast Joseph lying beside Mary in bed and the heading “God is a hard act to follow” provoked more than the intended reconsideration of the meaning of Christmas.
Welcome to the U.K. (Leave Your Camera at Home)
An Italian student has described how she was stopped by police under anti-terrorist legislation while filming buildings. She was later arrested, held in a police cell for five hours and given a fixed penalty notice.
Senate Unveils CompromiseCare
(The Borowitz Report) The Senate ... unveiled details of its health care plan, tentatively called CompromiseCare™: Under CompromiseCare™, people with no coverage will be allowed to keep their current plan.
Scholars Seek Better Metrics for Assessing Research Productivity
Evaluating scholars simply by tallying their citations is “like saying Britney Spears is the most important artist who ever existed because she’s sold 50 million records,” said Johan Bollen, an associate professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University at Bloomington, as he introduced a daylong workshop on academic metrics. ...
‘Idol’ Creator’s New Show to Launch Online
The media industry has been keenly awaiting Simon Fuller’s next move after his success with “American Idol,” the most-watched show in the U.S. for the past eight years.