Check it out: Sometime between 1 - 2 p.m. EST, our local National Public Radio affiliate, WLRN, is going to run an interview I conducted last week with Captain Disillusion for South Florida Artsbeat. (Ordinarily I review theater for the program, but the Captain deserves a segment of his own.) If you’re in South Florida, you can listen in at 91.3 FM. If you’re south of Key West, west of the Everglades, north of Palm Beach, or east of the Atlantic, you can listen to the streaming audio here.
A journalist friend once remarked to me that “fair and balanced” reportage is an impossible ideal because the two terms are at war. To be fair is to tell the truth as best you can. To be balanced is to consult a flat-Earther for a counterpoint every time you write a story about a shuttle launch. This is a fine distinction, and one that I'm guessing the good folks at Atlanta Progressive News failed to grok while attempting to justify the firing of senior staff writer Jonathan Springston because of his unseemly attachment to... objectivity.
I had intended my recent Swift article to be an empowering piece on personal responsibility. I also wanted to bust a few myths about advertising’s alleged powers of control. Judging from many of the comments, it seems that some readers took the piece for a unilateral defense of marketing, abuses included, and a disavowal of marketers’ responsibilities for what and how they sell.
Derek of Skepticality catches up with D.J. Grothe and talks about his new role, and some new directions and changes that he wants to make to the JREF to focus more on educating the public and pushing critical thought to the populace.
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