Media & Arts
As extreme weather becomes increasingly common, it has received a fair share of coverage during network news broadcasts. Often missing from these reports, however, is any mention of climate change and its connection to extreme weather events. As Peter Hart reported for Extra!, the nightly news covers extreme weather events as unusual and newsworthy, but usually without explanation of climate change as an underlying cause. A study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) found that extreme weather events in 2013 resulted in 450 news segments, of which only sixteen mentioned climate change. As for specific evening news shows, CBS Evening News only used terms like “global warming” and “greenhouse gases” in two of 114 extreme weather reports. ABC World News only mentioned climate change in eight reports out of 200, and NBC Nightly News only mentioned it in six reports out of 136. There was also a CBS report on the unsupported notion that there had been a “pause” in global warming.
According to Ralph, the media is playing us by framing a drama that emphasizes fear and conflict. But there are other stories behind the scenes. Four touching ones that he shares are: 1) An African-American man stands in front of a police line in a protective stance, pushing rioters back and repeatedly saying, “Don’t give them a reason.”
Legendary music icon Neil Young will be taking a stand against Monsanto in his latest album release, The Monsanto Years. In a move that highlights just how far awareness on the issue of Monsanto’s toxic creations has come, Young will be working with the Willie Nelson sons in highlighting Monsanto’s activities within the new album.
In Planetary, a new thought-provoking documentary, director Guy Reid seeks to inspire a shift in how we view our connection to nature. Watch the trailer…
“(T)EFFOR” is an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI’s shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, “including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent.”
The sub-genre of futuristic dystopian societies (generally contained within the larger genre of science fiction) has always been popular, but recently became increasingly mainstream due to the success of Young Adult franchises such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series.
Read the ad that this Craigslist seller posted that got over a million views.
In this highly inspirational music video, “The Miracle Is You,” Kute Blackson takes us on a journey that opens our eyes to the fact that we can stop looking all around us for a miracle to ‘happen’, because we ourselves are a miracle – a moving, living muti-faceted miracle of life itself.
Love Now is a unique musical experience, conceived by a visionary in the field of personal development and transformation Kute Blackson. It is designed to make your soul groove, inspire your heart, light up your life, and bliss your body. Along with respected music producer, Alex Gibson, Kute has created a dynamic experience, sure to change your life, and elevate your consciousness, with every listen.
Foster Gamble: People are often asking us at Thrive, “Where do you get your news? And how do you sort out what’s true?” Following is a commentary on political tribalism vs. ethics and critical thinking, and at the end of this blog is a partial list of the many sources that we continually review.
Thousands of Turkish students have petitioned their university to build a Jedi temple, in response to an increase in the number of mosques being built on campuses across the country. “To recruit new Jedi and to bring balance to the Force, we want a Jedi temple,” the petition claims.
Have you ever picked up a guitar or put in your favorite CD and let the music carry you away to a place of bliss and ecstasy?
Most people might not understand where this euphoric feeling comes from, but in my opinion, it comes from an innately spiritual place. I think music elevates our consciousness and introduces us to a spiritual reality that’s comprised of pure sound and color, and this is why it appeals to so many people.
On Tuesday the USPS issued a stamp in honor of the American author Maya Angelou, who died last year. Next to a photograph of Angelou is a famous quote from her: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” How sweet. There’s just one problem: she never said it.
If news stations are unfairly and inaccurately priming viewers not to expect stories about white crime, it only serves to harden the inaccurate thesis that viewers carry with them in their hearts and minds, in the form of their implicit bias—that Black people are overly responsible for crime and should be treated with special suspicion…When media-makers get the proportions so egregiously wrong, it reinforces a culture in which the benefit of the doubt is not distributed evenly, which creates a hostile society for some and a privileged society for others. Both are harmful for all of us.