Good Riddance To Mainstream Media

Mainstream Media

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mainstream media is dying. The network evening news audience is in steady decline; the big three magazine publishers, Time Inc., Condé Nast and Hearst have all closed or consolidated titles; and the newspaper industry has been especially ravaged, with dailies folding across the country. Increasingly people get their news from the internet and from cable channels. Advertisers are moving on to Google and other non-traditional sources. Do these developments leave us better off? The democratization of news, in an unfiltered internet to which all bloggers and news aggregators have equal access, is a good thing. It encourages a diversity of voices, competing to provide information and analysis. Others argue that the public loses when traditional journalistic standards are no longer upheld, and where resources to investigate and report critical stories are no longer available. Can mainstream media re-invent itself to thrive in a digital age? Does it matter?

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Good Riddance To Mainstream Media

America Cannot And Will Not Succeed In Afghanistan/Pakistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan

October 6, 2009

The Obama Administration has implemented a significant change in policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, which they view as a single challenge, AfPak. More troops and a new commander have been sent to Afghanistan, and the US has increased its level of support and aid to Pakistan. To many, this means we are becoming further entrenched in an open-ended quagmire where any military solution will ultimately fail. Others question whether we should care if Afghanistan has a strong central government or a democratic one. While most agree it should not become a terrorist haven, opinions differ on how this should be accomplished: more troops, covert operations, diplomacy? And what to make of Pakistan? We cannot allow its nuclear arsenal to fall into the hands of radicals, but President Obama has ruled out putting US troops on the ground. The task of rooting out al Qaeda and Taliban militants falls to Pakistan’s army, which has, until recently, supported these groups as a hedge against future conflict with India. How much tolerance does America have for the long road ahead with AfPak? Can we ever “win,” and how would we even define a win in this region?

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America Cannot And Will Not Succeed In Afghanistan/Pakistan

Buy American/Hire American Policies Will Backfire

Buy American

Monday, September 21, 2009

Any project funded by February’s $789 billion stimulus package is meant to use only US made steel and manufactured goods. Any financial institution receiving bail out funds must give preference to citizens. Will these policies backfire? Opponents say these policies will have little direct impact on job creation, and could have very harmful repercussions by triggering a global trade war in which each country seeks to “beggar its neighbor” in a vicious cycle of economic decline. Proponents argue that these policies focus taxpayer money to yield the biggest benefit for American families, they help American business to compete with cheap foreign labor, and that governments the world over already favor their domestic industries. Are we subsidizing the inefficient, or sparking a much needed boost to the economy?

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Buy American/Hire American Policies Will Backfire

Diplomacy With Iran Is Going Nowhere

Iran Diplomacy

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Diplomacy With Iran Is Going Nowhere

It's Wrong To Pay For Sex

Prostitution Morality Debate

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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It's Wrong To Pay For Sex
It's Wrong To Pay For Sex

Blame Washington More Than Wall Street for the Financial Crisis

financial crisis blame

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Blame Washington More Than Wall Street for the Financial Crisis

The Art Market is Less Ethical than the Stock Market

art market

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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The Art Market is Less Ethical than the Stock Market

Major Reductions in Carbon Emissions are Not Worth the Money

Carbon reduction costs

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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