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Consuming News Is A Conscious Choice

When viewed as an ecology, news is not a product to be consumed but a conscious act  to engage with and produce shared information that has value in a community: This  is how cultures and societies create their histories.  In this systemic cultural context, news is no longer viewed as merely a hierarchically  derived economic transaction but as a progressive and egalitarian oppor tunity, responsibility and challenge for citizens to create and build community  through genuine dialogue. A simultaneous focus on both consumption and production— a genuine ecological approach to news—allows us to open up public  discourse to the collective…

Consumption Of News As A Conscious Choice

Much like the Northeast grid that supports and reinforces our energy dependence and interconnectedness, most of us are likewise dependent on the newsphere—the 24/7 global news and information delivery network. From Twitter and Facebook mini-feeds to the Associated Press and CNN, the media landscape is constantly evolving. Previously, news moved from producers to consumers in…

Here’s Proof That We Are All Interconnected

At approximately 4:11 EDT on August 14, 2003, 50 million people in the Midwest, northeastern United States and Canada were stranded in subways and elevators, sat in their cars because traffic lights went out, or watched as their computer monitors and cell phones went black as life as most Americans and many Canadians know it came to an abrupt…

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: A Pioneering Evolutionist

I was first introduced to the Jesuit paleontologist and philosopher Teilhard deChardin in 1985 while working as a press aide for the Culinary Institute of America(CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. This famous culinary school was founded on the site of a former Jesuit seminary, St. Andrews-on-the-Hudson, where Teilhard and other Jesuits had been interned.…

news road less traveled

The News Road Less Traveled

  It is an oft-elusive yet elegant and paradoxical quality of human existence: We crave connection with others while simultaneously reveling in our fierce independence. Journalism historian Mitchell Stephens brilliantly describes this basic human need,the desire to ask and also to answer, “What’s new?” as a “hunger for awareness. ”More than specific information on specific events, the…

introducing the newsphere

  I first started writing news when I was a junior at Mother Seton Regional High School for girls in Clark, New Jersey. I was the editorial page editor of the Setonnaire and more than the mild celebrity, I enjoyed seeing my words in print and having a public place to think out loud and create news—that singularly powerful blend of events, ideas, thoughts, information, and yes, hopes and dreams, too. I was constantly in awe—and still am—of my friends, the visual thinkers: the cartoonists who cleverly and quickly sketched their ideas and powerfully captured the essence of an idea.…

Facts Exist But We Create Our Own Reality

Facts do exist. They can be denied, contested, and disputed, but they do exist. What’s playing out in the newsphere now is a battle for dominance of one set of facts over another: it’s a fact that facts exist!!! The denial of facts has been used politically to advance political agendas in the US, UK, and many other countries to help construct a preferred reality. In the U.S., President Trump successfully uses  ‘fake news,’  and ‘alternative facts,’ to design a parallel universe where he’s not ‘lying’ but instead is actually communicating what he wants to be true.   Rigorous fact-checking and…

Would MLK Buy A Ram Truck?

It’s a beautiful paradox that what we really need to open our minds is to use points of tension and conflict to see beyond our own often limited belief systems and ideally envision a new possibility. This may have been the lofty, spiritual goal of the marketing department at Fiat Chrysler when they created this 2018 Superbowl ad,  but I seriously doubt it.  My guess is that they were looking to demonstrate social responsibility and to promote the Ram brand. The 1:07 minute ad features a voice over of Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech, which MLK delivered precisely 50…

This is what love, and life, look like…

I was surprised by the quiet beauty of Georgetown, Colorado, a small, historic mountain town close to I-70, the main route to the state’s ski resorts. A new blanket of snow had just fallen transforming the charming hamlet into a winter wonderland–the stuff of storybooks. To ensure that we were sufficiently wowed by the scenic beauty,  a friendly cowboy reminded us that “it didn’t look like this yesterday. There was no snow until this morning.” So I boarded the Colorado version of the Polar Express, sat down on a lavish cushion, and embarked on Georgetown’s Loop Railroad for Santa’s North…