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Women's Lack Of Confidence Doesn't Cause Inequality. Sexism Does.

We were about due for a "lean-in," "can-women-have-it-all" level treatise on workplace equality -- and boy did we get it. The May edition of The Atlantic features a lengthy article by two well-known journalists suggesting we may be able to attribute gender inequality to women's crises of confidence. Show More Summary

(VIDEO) Digital Planning will Come to TV Ad Buying, but Not So Fast, Nielsen's Amit Seth

SAN FRANCISCO - While measurement tools like Nielsen's OCR allows TV ad buyers to identify online audiences to match TV buys, which are primarily for "make goods," there are strong headwinds against changing the way that TV ads are sold...Show More Summary

I Am a Dog

I am Cejas Van Ostrand. I am a dog. I am a writer, too. I am the only dog in history ever admitted into the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. I have a membership card to prove it. And I have an Apple AirBook because it is light enough for me to carry when I travel. Show More Summary

Stupid Rises, Nation Declines

It takes a little while to read and digest all the numbers in this year's version of the annual Social Progress Index, but it's not difficult to see some things need fixing here in good ol' Murica. But a valid question is whether weShow More Summary

Watch: Fighting for the Four Freedoms

Previously published on If you believe America desperately needs a great surge of democracy in the face of fierce opposition from reactionary and corporate forces, then remembering and reviving the spirit of President Franklin D. Show More Summary

Online Communities and Social Media Literacy

Popular social networks have overwhelmed many of the early online communities, but one of the first thinkers and writers remains "hopeful." My social media students asked Howard Rheingold about the state of current online communities. Rheingold...Show More Summary

Actor Sean Astin Changes Debate on Talk Show

It sounds like the moral of a feel-good movie: A man of the people sets out on a quest to start a conversation in the citizenry, a fellowship of the voter of sorts, and launch a debate that celebrates one another's political differences, not set them aside. Show More Summary

Can Democrats Win in November?

Much has been written about the difficult road faced by Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. But virtually all of it presumes that turnout among reliable Democratic voters will decline 3 to 5 percent more from 2012 levels than turnout among reliable Republican voters. There is no question that most midterms do in fact follow that model. Show More Summary

The Role of Print in Our Technological World

In our hyper-connected world, people have grown accustomed to getting answers immediately. My generation has grown up with the mindset that if you have a question, just ask Google. We tend to take the wealth of information online for granted. Show More Summary

An Exercise in Private Enjoyment

A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting at my favorite bar with a new book and glass of wine. Outside, the weather oscillated between sleet and snow, enhancing the warm coziness of the scene inside. If it sounds like I'm waxing poetic here, I am. Show More Summary

Why Photoshopping Is a Matter of Life and Death for Many Girls

1995 was a fateful year on the island of Fiji. For the first time, satellites began beaming western television shows to the region, and Fijian girls could watch Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place just like American girls. Suddenly,...Show More Summary

'Marching on Pistorious': Athlete and Democracy On Trial in South Africa

With Nelson Mandela's death, news from South Africa seemed to have died along with the world's most famous ex-political prisoner turned president. It was as if the people there don't deserve to be covered unless there is a larger than...Show More Summary

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa Cross-posted with What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. Show More Summary

Staying Focused

Distraction is nothing new. On the road to progress and justice, obstruction is expected. Throughout history, when people push for change, they are routinely attacked, ridiculed and criticized. Not even the President of the United States is exempt from distractors, nor is the attorney general. Show More Summary

Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That's because -- as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it -- "the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself." No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. Show More Summary

Go Plant Your Magazine!

Go plant your magazine! That's right. Belgian magazine Humo embedded flower seeds in one of its editions, telling readers to simply bury the page in question. Go plant your magazine (courtesy FIPP) About eight weeks later: a field of...Show More Summary

True Detective and the Satanic Panic

I took my time finishing the final episodes of True Detective. The twists and turns demand contemplative viewing, at least until the end. The detectives have spent eight episodes piecing together the identity of a serial killer whose...Show More Summary

Al Jazeera America's 'Borderland' Walks in the Shoes of the Immigrant Dead

It is an old saying we've all heard: "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes." It is human nature to harshly judge others we disagree with or disapprove of, until we are actually exposed to the life experiences that have shaped their choices and worldview. Show More Summary

The Underdogma of Elizabeth Warren

At American Family Voices, we are doing a series called "The Aggressive Progressive" to feature the speeches of bold progressive leaders, but with a twist. I add graphics like stylized portraits, charts and animations -- if you are familiar with VH1?s "Pop-Up Video," it is essentially pop-up video for politicos. Show More Summary

Truly Bad Advice on Climate Change

On Wednesday, April 9, The New York Times published one of the most exasperating op-eds I've yet read on climate change. Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger wrote that articles that link global warming to the rash of extreme weather events hurt rather than help efforts to rouse the public to the scale of the threat by alienating conservatives. Show More Summary

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