Talking Back to the Fans

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This just goes to prove that you never know who is listening in social media these days. I suppose our sensibilities would not permit the Dead Milkmen to record "Taking Retards to the Zoo" in 2015, right? pic.twitter.com/XwSF90hW6A — Erik, Just … [Continue reading]

How Podcasting Can Save America

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...from the simultaneously mind-numbing and stress-inducing tedium that is our presidential process. Or maybe it can just save you from the numbing and the stress. I didn't watch the GOP debates the other day. Not Trump's prime-time glory show, … [Continue reading]

Opining on The Origin of Outrage Culture

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My friend Carl Carter posed an interesting notion on Facebook, that I share here: I'm not a big scripture quoter, but reflecting on our instant collective condemnations of distant people and things we'd never hear of but for Facebook, "Matthew 7:3 … [Continue reading]

Armadillos, leprosy, and media hype

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This is a disturbing headline, but not for the reason you think: If you can't read it, the text is "Armadillos cause spike in leprosy cases in Florida." The confluence of two unusual words ("armadillo" and "leprosy") makes you sit up and … [Continue reading]

Understanding Understanding

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Good listening is a sign of respect. As we approach another campaign season, some thoughts. Maybe we can have more light than heat. … [Continue reading]

These Seven Elected Officials Are Now Reconsidering Their Confederate Flag Tattoos

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That's the best clickbait headline I can think of for this week. Please share your submission in the comments. … [Continue reading]

The Glaring Problem with TV Live Shots

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Hi there, TV news. I know I haven't talked about you in a while, but I have been thinking about you. And something occurred to me that prompted me to write you. Apparently, you (and the many dedicated, hard-working reporters in the field) have a … [Continue reading]