Avoiding Fake Publicity

Avoiding Fake Publicity

Earlier this week I was following a story about the development of a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage. The announcement of the test, developed by a team at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J., garnered quite a bit of attention in the world of medical news.

But as I read multiple news articles regarding this ostensibly groundbreaking development, there was something obvious missing from all of them: Any form of data backing up the validity of the test.

Confederates & Kisses: Our Cultural Disconnect

Confederates & Kisses: Our Cultural Disconnect

Question: What do the photos above have in common?

Answer: They both should be captioned, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.”

The Confederate battle flag has been in existence in some shape or form for 150 years. Whether or not it should be flown on public or government grounds or whether it is morally acceptable to own, sell or fly one has been debated and discussed and then some over that lengthy period.

Is American culture so lacking of depth that some loony craving his 15 minutes of dark fame can alter legislation and commerce overnight? Apparently.

3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Social Media

3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Social Media

I was always of the opinion that social media was supposed to be a conversational tool that could bring people together.

In reality it seems to be a lot of people talking and no one really listening. So in an effort to break that paradigm, I’d like to offer these three tips (that I use myself) for those who believe in that whole conversation, give and take thing…

Media Ethics: If It Bleeds, It Leads

Media Ethics: If It Bleeds, It Leads

The gruesome journalism axiom, “If it bleeds, it leads.” has played out in Charleston and across the nation this week after the senseless shooting death of Walter Scott by a local police officer.

Let me be clear: It’s wrong that a human being was shot in the back, dead. It doesn’t matter who shot him or why. It’s unjustifiable. It’s. Just. Wrong.

But there is another thing almost as bad: How desensitized our society has become to violence as a whole, and how desperate our media have become to exploit tragic events like this to gain readers, viewers and notoriety for themselves.