Throughout the recession, Apple’s growth has brought hope to many; China’s creative class and human capital cannot catch up to the U.S.’; meanwhile, Western intervention in Afghanistan has obviously failed, but by how much? 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.

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Why America Needs Apple When it comes to the U.S. economy, Apple has been of the few bright spots lately, which has provided hope for many.

For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges Howard Besser, a New York University archivist, recently got into a shouting match at an Occupy protest, making a case for why the activists should preserve records of their activities.

March Money Madness This morning, after the ‘Cats were crowned the 2012 Division 1 men’s basketball champions and before the women’s championship game is played, it’s amazing how quickly the discussion has turned to money.

Crankocracy In America Who really benefited from Citizens United?

The West has lost in Afghanistan Five years ago the Americans were refusing to speak to the Taliban. Now the Taliban are refusing to speak to the Americans.

Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America The killing of a young African-American boy, Trayvon Martin, by an overzealous white Hispanic security guard who appears to have capitulated to the dominant post-racial presumption that equates the culture of criminality with the culture of blackness, has devolved into a spectacle.

A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney The recent remark by Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom that upon clinching the Republican nomination Mr. Romney could change his political views “like an Etch A Sketch” has already become notorious.

Why China Lags on Innovation and Creativity How rapidly can China’s economy move up the development ladder and become genuinely innovative and technology-driven?

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