iPhones are not stalking users, video games may be therapeutic, and Zuckerberg woos Obama, or is it the other way around? These discoveries and more after the jump.
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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This Is Nonsense: Your iPhone Is Not Tracking You
The hand-wringing and howling from the blogosphere about Apple “spying” on its customers and giving whack-jobs, jealous husbands, or creepy Grindr tricks the ability to track your every move is nonsense. Seriously.
Gay Marriage Opponents Now in Minority
A poll from CNN this week is the latest to show a majority of Americans in favor of same-sex marriage, with 51 percent saying that marriages between gay and lesbian couples “should be recognized by the law as valid” and 47 percent opposed.
Reclaiming Rio’s Shantytowns
Rio de Janeiro’s new Police Pacification Units, designed to take back the city’s favelas from drug dealers, represent a doctrinal and operational revolution away from police business as usual.