Although The Guardian broke the story on the National Security Agency, it soon collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica; Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar have set up a temporary blog until their site is up and running; meanwhile, from the sky, a church is discovered to have an unfortunate resemblance to a sexual organ. 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.
How Three News Outlets Collaborated on the NSA File
The Guardian was the news outlet to break the initial story on mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA), but by the end of August it had joined forces with first the New York Times and then ProPublica.
Wanted: Adoring Female Students
The intellectual and physical seduction of young female students by older, male professors – usually in the humanities, and in the throes of midlife crises – is so common in movies and books that it’s become a cliché.