Daniel McGowan, an Earth Liberation Front activist, was imprisoned last week for writing a HuffPo post; Fox News claims that Rutgers University firing its abusive basketball coach is evidence of cultural decline; and no, Bitcoin is apparently not the future of currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.
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.
Joe Biden, Aesthetic Populist
Four days after President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, New York Times national correspondent Mark Leibovich made a rare foray into the paper’s “Style” section to pinpoint the political zeitgeist.
The Inner Syntax of Palestinian Stone-Throwing
It would make sense for Palestinian schools to give classes in resistance: how to build multiple ‘tower and stockade’ villages in Area C; how to behave when army troops enter your homes; how to identify soldiers who flung you handcuffed to the floor of the jeep, in order to submit a complaint.
Washington’s ‘Playbook’ on Provoking North Korea
In an April 3 Wall Street Journal article, “U.S. dials back on Korean show of force,” reporters Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes revealed that the White House approved a detailed plan, called ‘the playbook,’ to ratchet up tension with North Korea during the Pentagon’s war games with South Korea.
The New Telecom Oligarchs
This is simply too much, too big, too powerful, too lacking in benefits for American consumers and citizens,” Michael J. Copps said as he cast his no vote on the market-altering Comcast-NBCU merger in January 2011.
U.S. Was Never a Fair Broker of Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Last week in New York Carlo Strenger had breakfast with Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian intellectual who has written extensively on the development of Palestinian identity and served as an adviser to the Palestinian delegation to the negotiations with Israel and the U.S. from 1991 to 1993.