Thanks to the urge to be constantly wired, extremist propaganda is becoming easier and easier to feed to the masses; the industrial food system has a single aim—make CEOs and shareholders rich; meanwhile, legalizing gay marriage may make it more difficult for LGBT activists to effectively fight other types of discrimination, such as hate crimes. 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.
The Three Dimensions of Ethnography
Looking back on several decades of intellectual activity, American sociologist Jack Katz explains his vision of a three-dimensional ethnography, combining human interactions, biographical experiences and historical processes.
Mobile Phones and Politics in China
The penetration of mobile phones in Chinese daily life has made collective actions easier to organize and challenged government censorship.
Stanford University, the epicenter of the modern massive open online course movement, said this week that it will develop online learning software with only one of the three MOOC providers not founded by a Stanford faculty member.