The world is in utter denial about what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear plant; a policeman shot and killed a North Carolina teenager who had schizophrenia; and Glenn Greenwald answers a few questions about the Omidyar project on his blog. 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.
Scientists May Have Decoded Your Social Circle
“You can imagine the different layers,” he says by Skype from Oxford, where he’s a lecturer in complex systems (with a background in theoretical condensed matter physics) at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
Boycott ‘Greatest Threat’ Facing Israel, Leaders Say
While Israeli hasbara (propaganda) initiatives continue to bravely deny that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is having any impact, two statements from prominent politicians indicate otherwise.
Pick Up a Spot Welder and Join the Revolution
In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement was in deep crisis.