Category Archives: Spirit of communication

“Farsighted” Decisions and Nearsighted News

You’re familiar with Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Steven Johnson has produced a book that serves as a valuable response to that celebration of spontaneity. Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions that Matter the Most … Continue reading

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Echoes of Hope from a Journalistic Legend: Seymour Hersh

   Book TV’s coverage of a June 2018 interview with veteran New York Times journalist Seymour Hersh, discussing his book, Reporter: A Memoir, yields a video that is compelling almost to the point of exhausting. No action-hero scriptwriter in Hollywood could … Continue reading

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Accordion in “Africa”–Truly the World’s Instrument

Here’s something you don’t see–or hear–every day! A great performance of the great Toto song, “Africa,” with an accordionist in the band. And not just any accordionist, but the one and only “Weird Al” Yankovic. Enjoy it, courtesy of the … Continue reading

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All Politics Is Local? That’s News to Me!

I grew up reading the New York Daily News and other local papers available on Long Island. Perhaps the biggest take-away message from my newspaper habit–and the most influential message, since I wound up becoming a journalist–was that local news is fun. … Continue reading

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Society’s High Stakes, High Tensions, High Hopes

A Reflection from C-Span’s BookTV “We’re at a point in the course of social evolution when the demands of survival converge with the higher ideals of humanity and the well-being of human society.” That’s an observation at the close of A … Continue reading

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Reap with Those Who Reap?

I had not heard about the game show, “Paid Off,” until I read a poignant new piece in The Huffington Post. It  It describes a case of replacing news with entertainment–a case I think has relevance to Pope Francis’ 2018 World Day … Continue reading

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No Civil War, but a “Civility” War?

“Civility, whatever that is….” That’s a phrase used in a recent post I found at the Columbia Journalism Review online. The June 27 piece by Matthew Ingram is an important, carefully considered collection of news and commentary where the use of the word … Continue reading

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