Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Takeaway

"Rebuilding a basis on which Americans can form a shared belief about what is going on is a precondition of democracy," media study from Columbia Journalism Review by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, Hal Roberts, and Ethan Zuckerman
Did you read the article in yesterday's post? Here is the link in case you missed it: CJR

This is my takeaway from it - that a democracy cannot survive without a shared belief about what is going on. 

Ponder this: who would want to destroy that shared belief?

Monday, March 6, 2017


Our country - that is me, you and all of us - have been fragmented by deep opposing forces seeking to gain our attention and confidence.  Using the social media - Twitter, Facebook and clones, traditional print and Internet news sites, and television news now on portable screens in cell phones and tablets, we have been attacked in our core values. The news has been weaponized.

Now, after the hand-wringing, we can look at scientific analysis and see what's been happening. Maybe we can even figure out why.

Use this link to view the amazing picture of what our use of media looks like. Read the story to see how it drives our political decisions.

 Columbia Journalism Review has done the work, it is our turn to do the rest: read the story, recognize the impact on our lives, and respond with all our strength to defend the integrity of our minds and hearts.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Not Fake News (unfortunately)

Are you feeling confused about all the news about Russia and the Trump team? Here is a link to The Washington Post , which sorts out the players, the contacts, the denials.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Reading "Michelle Obama" by Peter Slevin

February is Black History month. Have you read a biography of a black American?

I'm reading "Michelle Obama", a biography published in 2015. I already liked Michelle, and her biography only enhances my feeling that she is an exceptional woman.

There is one way to "Think outside the box" and that is to read about the lives of people from different backgrounds. What would my life have been like if I was born with dark skin like Michelle? Michelle is a woman who has lived her life as a role model for how to succeed and live with integrity.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Birthday of Copernicus

February 19, 1473 is the birthday of Nicholaus (Kopernik) Copernicus Jr., " a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe". (Wikipedia)

See his profile at

Friday, February 17, 2017


Are You Worried Yet? 

For more on how to spot fake news, ask yourself these ten questions from the News Literacy Project.