Tag: Media


Shining a Light on Being Too Tired to Care

Bombarded with news stories of gun violence, and racist and Islamophobic rhetoric from politicians, I’ve begun to notice a numbness overtaking me. It’s a natural response to move away from pain, as from a hot flame. But even when I turn off the radio, or avoid reading official news sources, the pain of the world trickles into my social media feeds. Ideally, I want this pain to move me to act for change, but have begun to feel overwhelmed, to shut down. According to Dr. Joan Cook at Yale University, those of......

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Too Much, Too Fast: Why We Need to Pause in Life

One day, I realized I’d never seen a semicolon as part of a tweet, those compact teasers of communication brought to us by Twitter. It made me think differently about the relationship between time and communication, the way time seems to somehow simultaneously shrink and accelerate. Maybe it all started with instant coffee, that powdery brown stuff that had a vague aroma of the real stuff, but no body or flavor. Or maybe it was Minute Rice, which had the same capacity to remind us of what the real stuff was, promising......

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Looking Back at 'Charlie Hebdo' Reactions, from Press to Protests

For three weeks since the Islamic terrorist murders of 12 people at the?Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, the world has been reacting. When it comes to the publishing (or reprinting) of cartoons “defaming the Prophet,” I’ve parsed our seven different responses.   1. YES! YES! YES! More than six million copies were published, in some 16 languages, of the new edition of Charlie Hebdo, depicting the Prophet Muhammad showing solidarity with the victims of the radical Islamist attack. This defiant doubling down, affirming the absolute non-negotiability of freedom of expression, was met......

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Video: Why We Should Ratchet Down the Ferguson Story

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Unrest continues to simmer in Ferguson, Missouri since the August 9th shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. We privilege rage over sadness to all of our peril. And we confuse imposing order with building peace between members of different communities. Watch more of my commentary below: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. To view more of Brad’s Faith on......

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Do You Consider the World a Safe Place?

With the world seemingly on edge – the Israel-Hamas war, violence throughout the Middle East, gangland killings in Central America, planes shot down and crashing, threats of terrorism both domestic and international – it’s easy to think that the world is becoming increasingly violent. Despite that it can often seem we live in the most dangerous time, the truth is that the world is actually getting safer. Yes, research has proven: Deaths from wars, revolts, and murders are dropping worldwide. The latest report of the Human Security Report Project, which studies violence......

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A Flash Mob of Love

When you think about a normal day in your life, from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep, you experience far more expressions of kindness and love than meanness and hate. But as I wrote a few weeks ago, we are hardwired to be far more alert to negative, fear-inducing events that generate fight or flight responses than to positive events that generate security and empathy. It is not surprising then that with our traditional and social media offering 24/7 content, we are flooded with negative......

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