There maybe a reason humans are so critical of new technology; some Bulgarian leaders may have airlifted bears into their country; meanwhile, a survey shows how generations budget their time in different ways. 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.
Why We Hate Google Glass — And All New Tech
When it comes to new technology, there are early adopters who start using it and everyone else sees the very worst in the technology: These people ultimately belittle, dismiss and make fun of those who use it.
Time to Ditch Uniques and Page Views for Engagement in Measuring Digital Audiences
Ditch uniques and develop a better metric.
Life as a Prosumer: The Post-Industrial Economy. Blech!
Coca-Cola hires African Americans to drive through the inner city, selling soda and incarnating hip-hop.
How Different Generations of Americans Budget Their Time
Just how do Americans while away the hours?
Following Settlers’ Demand, IDF Removes Palestinian Flag from Hebron Roof
Owner says he agreed after soldiers promised to release neighbor they arrested for throwing stones.
Academic Activism: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Ethics of Boycott
The academic movement to boycott Israeli institutions has roiled the American university system, polarizing scholars and activists on both sides.
There’s New Evidence That Communist Leaders Secretly Airlifted Bears to Bulgaria in the ‘70s and ‘80s
Local folklore has it that, back in the Communist years, bears from Romania were packed into crates and flown into Bulgaria.
How Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country
President Obama thumped Mitt Romney in the 2012 election by excelling with the voters who are most likely to influence future American elections.