Influencing public opinion articles

influencing public opinion



Safe in our cyber silos
David Zaruk | 07 November 2013 |
tags: confirmation bias, Monsanto, social media
Social media were supposed to open us to a larger world, but are they closing our minds?


Is Edward Snowden an enemy of the people?
Randal Marlin | 04 November 2013 |
tags: Edward Snowden, propaganda, social media
Official propaganda is alive and well and busy intimidating truth-tellers, says an expert on the subject.


Three lies that built a revolution
Michael Cook | 17 September 2013 |
tags: abortion, homophobia, homosexuality, Matthew Shepard, same-sex marriage
The myth is that Matthew Shepard was martyred by redneck homophobes. A stunning new book by a gay journalist debunks this.


Decoding a new Prime Minister
Greg Craven | 09 September 2013 |
tags: Australia, Tony Abbott
Australians have elected a new leader with conservative social values. What is he really like?


The Conjuring: frightfully effective
Ronan Wright | 03 September 2013 |
tags: film reviews
A masterful yarn about a Rhode Island family whose house is haunted by a malevolent spirit.


Media smackdown on its way
Denyse O'Leary | 03 September 2013 |
tags: bloggers, media, newspapers
Can Amazon’s formula save the Washington Post? We may get a chance to find out.


Battle of the myths: Game of Thrones v. Lord of the Rings
Rowan Light | 16 August 2013 |
tags: Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
Is immersion in corruption and evil really the hallmark of great literature?


No country for old homophobes
Zac Alstin | 15 July 2013 |
tags: films, homophobia, same-sex marriage, tolerance
Ender’s Game has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. But the film’s author-producer is still being lynched for his views.


Why do so many American ‘journalists’ appear to hate actual journalism?
Nicole Hemmer | 08 July 2013 |
tags: privacy, surveillance, whistleblowers
The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have sparked a debate in the US over whether journalists can also be activists.


Tipping the balance towards humanity in World War Z
Judy-Anne Osborn | 21 June 2013 |
tags: epidemics, mathematics, public health, zombies
Can the craze for zombie films help us to understand the dangers of epidemic diseases?


Fashion mags fail to empower
Ashley Crouch | 03 May 2013 |
tags: fashion, fashion magazines, misogyny, sexism
Highly eroticised glossy women's magazines are dragging girls back to the bad old days of misogynist stereotypes.


Breathtaking conformity
Brendan O'Neill | 12 April 2013 |
tags: cultural elites, public opinion, same-sex marriage
Anyone who values diversity of thought and tolerance of dissent should find the sweeping consensus on gay marriage terrifying.


Jimmy Savile and the BBC: the making of a cultural icon
Lis Howell | 04 January 2013 |
tags: BBC, Jimmy Savile scandal, sexual revolution
The Savile story is not just about the ghastly flaws of a celebrity. It is about how Britain's toffy public broadcaster has itself been seduced by the sexual revolution.


Leveson is all about politics
Ivor Gaber | 04 December 2012 |
tags: British press, David Cameron, Leveson Inquiry
Forget the arguments about the finer points of media regulation. This is all about old-fashioned hard-ball politics.


The cycle of fallen heroes
Zac Alstin | 06 November 2012 |
tags: heroes, Lance Armstrong
Like Hercules, Lance Armstrong was a hero, and like the Greek demi-god, he lacked important virtues.


Discovering the value of home
Carolyn Moynihan | 05 November 2012 |
tags: home, Home Renaissance Foundation, public policy
A conference next week may hold the key to the recovery of Europe in the longer term.


The audacity of pose
Alma Acevedo | 31 October 2012 |
tags: Barack Obama, election 2012, rhetoric
Soaring words are for the birds. You campaign with poetry, but you govern with prose.


The mixed legacy of Helen Gurley Brown
Carolyn Moynihan | 17 August 2012 |
tags: marriage, media criticism, sexual revolution
The Cosmopolitan editor’s sexual agenda has been a spectacular failure for women. What a shame it obscured some rather good advice.


What’s Behind the HHS Mandate?
Gerard V. Bradley | 28 June 2012 |
tags: healthcare mandate, religious liberty, Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court is due to hand down its ruling on President Obama's healthcare law today. What is at stake for religious liberty?


You can tell it’s an election year when…
Denyse O'Leary | 17 May 2012 |
tags: 2012 elections, psychology
Some psychology researchers are demonizing or marginalizing voters with opposing views and calling it “science.”


Free speech no fait accompli
Alex Perrottet | 03 May 2012 |
tags: freedom of speech, media
On World Press Freedom Day, it’s not just Fiji that needs to pull up its socks.


Time to quit the New York Times?
Carolyn Moynihan | 16 March 2012 |
tags: birth control, Catholic Church, New York Times
A full-page ad of vitriolic tone has become a moment of truth.


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