Category: Media

Red Neck Culture More Relevant than Ever; Bone Up with Joe Bob Briggs Show at the Music Box

Red Neck Culture More Relevant than Ever; Bone Up with Joe Bob Briggs Show at the Music Box

In the words of Johnny Russell, “there’s no other place I’d rather be than right here, with my red necks, white socks and blue ribbon beer.”  Although you can certainly swap out “white socks” for “White Sox” if you’ve been to the 500 level at Guaranteed Rate Field- certainly a red neck or two to be found there.

Red neck culture is more relevant than ever, and in 2016 we learned just how powerful a voting block hillbillies truly are. You can ignore them all you want (after all much of what they stand for sociopolitically is morally deplorable and egregiously regressive), but you do so at your own peril.

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‘90s Nostalgia Continues Trending, Experience it at Cinepocalypse 2019

‘90s Nostalgia Continues Trending, Experience it at Cinepocalypse 2019

What happens when us younger end of Generation X to older Millennials turn middle-aged? The pop culture of our adolescence becomes popular once again. Yes, we’ve reached that point along the space-time continuum where all things 1990s is new and fresh again.

‘90s nostalgia has been “a thing” for a few years now and it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down, given how just about everything that was mainstream during the cyberspace decade is being rebooted again these days. Embrace all things ‘90s next week with the Cinepocalypse Film Festival at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave).

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Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)

Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)
FAYETTEVILLE- This past weekend saw the University of Arkansas host “Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange.”  It was a conference attended by Fulbright alumni and grantees, and as an alumnus myself, I headed south to attend the event, where I led the Journalism World Cafe. The session was entitled "Images and Perceptions: Journalism’s Role in Shaping the View of other Countries," and broken up into three parts. Audio of all three sessions is below, so have a listen and then join in the conversation...by commenting below...
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I'm Giving a Journalism Talk at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fulbright Alumni Conference

I'm Giving a Journalism Talk at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fulbright Alumni Conference
Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today. Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it's a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows...

Meeting Gorbachev Paints Full Picture of Overlooked Former USSR Leader

Meeting Gorbachev Paints Full Picture of Overlooked Former USSR Leader

In "Meeting Gorbachev," co-directors Werner Herzog and André Singer created a gripping documentary that articulates how "from such a god-forsaken place in the middle of nowhere would emerge one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century."

Perhaps the major key to what made Mikhail Gorbachev such a generational success in his political life was his being a man of the people. He never forgot his humble beginnings and that ideal drove him to the two pillars of his reign at the top of the Soviet Union: perestroika ("restructuring") or glasnost "openness/transparency in government."

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The Patriotic Dissenter is Proud to Announce His New Book for Sale!

The Patriotic Dissenter is Proud to Announce His New Book for Sale!
The Blogger here at The Patriotic Dissenter has authored a new book! No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry You can get it on Amazon right here in paperback! And in E-book format as well! In “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets” Paul M.... Read more »
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Martellus Bennett Believes Athletes Still Fear Speaking Out on Issues (Exclusive)

Martellus Bennett Believes Athletes Still Fear Speaking Out on Issues (Exclusive)
While it's pretty clear now that Colin Kaepernick isn't coming back to the National Football League, the powerful impact that he made will be long-lasting. His decision to take a knee during the national anthem, as a gesture of protest against brutality and systemic racism within law enforcement, may ultimately pave the way for more football players to eventually speak out on the issues of the day while still active in their playing careers. Former Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, in town this past week to do a public reading of his new children's book "Dear Black Boy," doesn't believe that day is here yet though. "No, that fear is still there," Bennett responded when we put this question to him during our exclusive conversation at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop...

Hesburgh is the Kind of Figure we Badly Need in these Deeply Divisive Times

Hesburgh is the Kind of Figure we Badly Need in these Deeply Divisive Times

Current Mayor Pete Buttigieg isn't the first un-classifiable nationally relevant political figure to live and work in South Bend, Indiana. "Hesburgh," a new documentary opening at the Music Box Theatre on Saturday, chronicles the life of long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and America's most well-known priest—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh.

Colloquially known as "Father Ted," Hesburgh was a lot like "Mayor Pete," a South Bend political figure driven by faith, ideals and a motivation to do what is right above what is currently politically viable. Both men are/were complex, and that's what makes them interesting.

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"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Has Perfect Message for Extremely Divisive Times

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Has Perfect Message for Extremely Divisive Times

I often tell anybody who will listen that no matter what a stranger says to you on the street, nine times out of ten that person is just asking you for your money. It doesn't matter what they open with; in the end, they just want free money.

Now consider what an overwhelming majority of our mail (both electronic and physical) is- people asking us to buy something. With snail mail, it's all bills! Everyday when I login to my inboxes, I find that 95% of it is "news releases," or "story pitches" that don't really amount to anything except "publicize our product, and get nothing in return."

In other words, a disturbingly high percentage of our daily interaction with other human beings, across the spectrum of communication means, is "gimme, gimme, gimme" or "take, take, take." So who is actually about giving? Well, Fred Rogers certainly was when he was alive.

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New Book Examines Earth Shattering Events Surrounding 1918 World Series

New Book Examines Earth Shattering Events Surrounding 1918 World Series
A new book by Skip Desjardins, entitled War, Plague, and the World Series, revisits the month of September 1918, and all the dramatic, history-altering events that occurred in Boston during this specific month. Exactly 100 years ago, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox squared off in a World Series that was played a month earlier than usual due to World War I and amidst a backdrop of revolutionary changes in workers rights, women's rights and global alliances. It was also a society on the precipice of massive technological change which would bring rapid social change during the Roaring 20s...