The Zapatistas in Mexico mobilize against the drug war; the AOL-HuffPo merger is starting to lose its charm; and Google’s Internet monopoly is threatened by Facebook.
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.
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Think Outside the Bars: Why real justice means fewer prisons
... Poor people of color are swept into the criminal justice system by the millions for drug crimes that go largely ignored when committed by middle- or upper-class whites. And release from prison or jail marks just the beginning of punishment, not the end.
The Honeymoon Is Over for AOL-Huffington Post
Four months after AOL’s $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post, the wisdom of that purchase is coming under intensified scrutiny, as reports of dysfunction and stagnation trickle out about the media conglomerate.
The Real Housewives of Muslim Malaysia
Over 800 Muslim women in Malaysia are members of the “Obedient Wives Club” that is generating controversy in one of the most modern and progressive Muslim-majority nations, where many Muslim Malaysian women hold high posts in the government and corporate world.