Tag: media

Olivia de Havilland, last Old Hollywood star, was much more than Melanie Wilkes

Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s and ‘40s, passed away over the weekend at the age of 104. Most of the headlines went something like this one in the New York Times: “Olivia de Havilland, a Star of Gone With the Wind, Dies at 104” If your knowledge... Read more »

Is the Karen moniker more sexist than funny?

Count me among those who don’t find the “Karen” designation amusing. I think it’s sexist, anti-woman, and even dangerous. When I first learned of this social media trend, which has even been adopted by the regular media, particularly the tabloid press, a Karen was defined as a white woman who calls the police on black... Read more »

Let’s give it up to the brave journalists on the streets

The events and images of the past several weeks, coming on the heels of an extended lockdown and in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, have left Americans reeling. In all the madness, I want to give props to a group of people that is getting largely overlooked in all the protesting... Read more »
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Payment Status Not Available: What the news media isn’t telling you about stimulus payments

The above image has become a daily, familiar, and vexing sight to many including myself. Millions of eligible Americans have still seen no stimulus money even though the government began distributing the payments almost two weeks ago. When the mainstream news media covers this problem at all, it tends to cover only one small part... Read more »

Was pulling Woody Allen's memoir the right thing to do?

As a lawyer and journalist, I was troubled and disturbed when I read about the Hachette book publisher cancelling the publication of Woody Allen’s memoir. Hachette had been on the receiving end of a hailstorm of criticism from Mia Farrow’s son, reporter Ronan Farrow, and some of its own staff, who reportedly staged a walkout... Read more »

Some thoughts on the diminishing relevance of the Oscar ceremony

Quick—name the film that won Best Picture of 2017 (and don’t look it up). Had to look it up, didn’t you? Hollywood stages the Academy Awards. America yawns. Again. I was going to title this post “The Diminishing Relevance of the Oscars,” then I wondered: is it really the award itself, or the ceremony? Winning... Read more »
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Are mass shootings Twitter’s fault?

With three tragic mass shootings dominating the headlines in as many weeks, it brought to mind a recent federal court decision which didn’t seem to get much play in the media at the time. Many of these shooters feed their radical, hateful ideologies from content on Internet websites and especially social media.  But should those... Read more »

Buyer beware: The truth behind some of those 5-star ratings on Yelp

The consumer review site Yelp.com is one of my favorite social media sites and my go-to for everything from restaurants to dentists. But do you ever see a business with an average 5-star Yelp rating and wonder if the place really is as amazing as all that, or if they have manipulated their reviews in... Read more »

Easter reflections on how the Notre Dame fire united us, for a moment

In the midst of all the political and social discord roiling America and Europe at the moment, in the middle of all the angst and discontent playing out in our streets and legislative houses, the world collectively paused for a few hours this past Monday in a rare if brief display of unity and one-mindedness,... Read more »
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Don’t like the price Zillow puts on your home? Don’t bother suing—you’ll lose

It seems that people either love Zillow or hate it. Home buyers tend to be in the first group, and home sellers in the latter. While it can empower consumers with knowledge, it can frustrate homeowners when the “Zestimate” falls considerably below their asking price or what they believe their property is worth. Zestimates are... Read more »