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The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. 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.

Putin Goes to War
Vladimir Putin, the Russian President and autocrat, had a plan for the winter of 2014: to reassert his country’s power a generation after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

FCC Is Pulling Plug on CIN Study
“The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study,” an FCC spokesman said Friday.

Can Greenwald’s Digital Magazine Intercept Help to Reinvent Journalism?
With $250m in funding from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and some high profile journalist hires, First Look Media has set itself the lofty task of reinventing journalism for the digital age, starting with the traditional hierarchy of newsrooms.

See London in Double Vision—How It Looks Today And How Artists Saw It Years Ago
Londoner and Reddit user shystone superimposed classic paintings of London onto modern images of the city taken from Google Streetview.

From Public Good to Private Good: How Higher Education Got to a Tipping Point
Americans are losing the will to pay for their public colleges.

The Truth About ADHD: Over-Diagnosis Linked to Cause Championed by Michelle Rhee
Researchers have discovered a disturbing link between over-diagnosis and the proliferation of standardized testing.

Chomsky: How America’s Great University System Is Getting Destroyed
That’s part of the business model. It’s the same as hiring temps in industry or what they call “associates” at Wal-Mart, employees that aren’t owed benefits.

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