We’re kicking off a new feature. Every night Truthdig will bring you the news items and other odds and ends that caught the eye of 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.
Medvedev vs. Putin? Mystery returns to the Kremlin
Is Medvedev the lap dog of Putin? Or is he biting his mentor’s ankles? No one knows, which makes taking sides a dangerous guessing game, particularly for the White House.
Wired Magazine Backs Internet for the Nobel Peace Prize
The Internet has clearly been a boon for news junkies, LOLcats and the makers of goofball videos. But it’s also proved to be a powerful international force for peace.
Epilepsy as live art isn’t controversial
Rita Marcalo’s plan to induce a seizure on stage challenges people’s fears of the condition—and makes for witty art.
High-end audio maker Linn declares death of the CD player
The British maker of stuff for audiophiles says digital streaming is the way forward for its music products.
Artists experiment with augmented reality
Augmented reality (AR) has been touted as the bridge between the physical and virtual worlds, as new technologies add information to real-world environments.
How our brains learned to read
In his autobiographical “Confessions,” Augustine of Hippo recounts a strange sight: his teacher, Ambrose, reading to himself.
Study: Kids in home-based day care watch more TV
Children who attend home-based day-care programs are watching twice as much television per day as was previously thought, according to a study released online Monday and published in the December issue of Pediatrics.
Composer reinvents the piano
For a non-pianist, the idea of a microtonally fluid piano might seem either no big deal or baffling.
Should serial novels be continued?
Out of sync with print-based reading habits, this form is nonetheless perfectly in tune with the Web.
Charges against nude Met model dropped
All charges have been dropped in the case of the woman who tore off her dress in the middle of a crowded Metropolitan Museum of Art for a photo shoot in August.