Politico’s piece on New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson implied she was a “bitchy woman character”; fossil fuels may never be depleted and this could be the best and worst thing to happen; meanwhile, violence is less rampant on YouTube than on television programs. 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.

Politico’s Sexist Portrayal of Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Sets Twitterverse Off Politico’s latest gossip garbage, entitled­ “Turbulence at the Times,” characterizes New York Timesexecutive editor Jill Abramson as a “brusque,” “impossible,” “very, very unpopular” leader in a piece mostly sourced from anonymous staffers.

What If We Never Run Out of Oil? New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a nightmare.

Elite Conventional Wisdom is Losing on Social Security In the past weeks, two radically different proposals for the future of Social Security have provoked widespread discussion in the media.

Civic Engagement in the Digital Age Social networking sites have grown more important in recent years as a venue for political involvement, learning, and debate.

US State Department: Israel Practices “Institutional Discrimination” Israel practices “institutional and societal discrimination” against its Palestinian citizens: this is the conclusion of the US State Department in its newly-published Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012.

Do We Dare Write for Readers? Go ahead. Keep working on your book.

In a Violent Media World, YouTube is an Oasis New research finds far less violence on YouTube than on prime-time television.

Why Big Cities Make Media Liberal—and Why the Koch Brothers Can’t Do Anything About It The New York Times reported that the Koch brothers — yes, those Koch brothers, of dumping mad cash into elections fame — are considering buying the Tribune network of newspapers in a bid to establish a pro-business conservative media chain.

After Neoliberalism? The founding editors of the British journal Soundings—Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin—have published an online manifesto in which they argue for disrupting the current neoliberal common sense and challenge the assumptions that organize our twenty-first-century political discourse.

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