Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America’s approach to foreign affairs is too militarized, evidenced by its two most recent wars; American viewers can hardly recognize news anchors anymore; meanwhile, people still believe Greek art was white, despite proof of its once garish colors. 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.
Too Much Information: Prenatal Genetic Tests
Pregnant women and their partners can already peer at an unborn child’s chromosomes: with amniocentesis, they can learn about the presence or, more likely, absence of large-scale genetic defects, often gaining peace of mind.
The Two Session Solution
To get to Session 48 (out of more than 800) at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association Thursday, attendees had to show an official name badge to get on the escalator and again to get in the room (switched at the last minute to a large ballroom on the chance of crowds).
Ease Up on Social Science
As the federal government considers an overhaul to rules governing scientific research involving human subjects, the National Research Council is urging officials to be more exacting in determining which types of social and behavioral science research should receive oversight.
African Americans and Technology Use
This report on African Americans and technology is the first in a series of demographic snapshots of technology use and adoption among different groups of adults in the United States.
Mainspring of the Arab Revolt
Adam Hanieh’s ‘Lineages of Revolt: Issues of contemporary capitalism in the Middle East’ ought to be read - or, better, studied - by every socialist interested in the Middle East.