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What College Students Can Teach Us About Beheadings and Our Own System of Capital Punishment

Last week, something happened to disrupt the Western superiority narrative of Middle Eastern beheadings, at least for me: I went back to college.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Jose Antonio Vargas’ ‘Documented’ on Plight of Undocumented to Air on CNN After Theatrical Release

I was privileged to see a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ breathlessly awaited documentary, “Documented,” when I was in Los Angeles last week.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



USC Study Links Animal Protein Consumption to Cancer

Could consuming a diet rich in animal protein be just as bad for you as smoking cigarettes?

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Flack for Wal-Mart Poses as Journalist to Infiltrate Union Event

Working as a flack for a public relations company representing Wal-Mart, Stephanie Harnett committed one of the big no-nos of journalism by falsely identifying herself as a reporter. Using a phony name, she claimed to be a student journalist in order to infiltrate a union press conference earlier this month. This week Harnett left the PR company, Mercury Public Affairs.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Organizers, Not Occupiers: The Young People Working in the Shadows of a National Movement

By chance, the revelation of how Apple evades millions of dollars in taxes broke three days before May Day, when workers of the world traditionally protest such injustice.

Posted on May 1, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Lose-Lose Politics

If Mitt Romney had walked by a room called The Forum at the University of Southern California last Wednesday, he would quit his presidential race right now.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE


Comes the Revolution

Andrew Breitbart, the publisher of Breitbart.com and a couple of other popular websites, set the tone for a program at the University of Southern California last Wednesday by calling George Stephanopoulus of ABC News a little rat with a runny nose.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE


‘Social Media and the End of Gender’

In this TED talk, Johanna Blakley of USC argues that “there is an upside to having your taste monitored” online. Rather than pigeonhole you in a demographic prison, the people who make entertainment are paying more attention to what you actually like—especially if you’re a woman.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE



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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Not With a Bang but a Twitter

Can plugging into online social networks via Twitter or Facebook lead to some kind of computer-aided moral decline en masse? A study out of the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute seems to suggest that this may be an imminent side effect of living in information-overloaded societies.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


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