Civil Discord, Oxford-Style Debate: Why I Heart "Intelligence Squared"

When I was a geeky teenager back in the early 1970s, one of my favorite television shows was a short-lived PBS series called The Advocates, in which well-informed, but ideologically opposed debaters argued over the issues of the day. That was back when people could disagree without impugning each other's patriotism, intelligence or character....more

I listened to the episode on Iran tonight and found it extremely enlightening. Liz Cheney was ...more

From Sotomayor to The Cost of Being Female: Feminism in 2009

The end of the year is for reflection.  I like to take a look back at all the feminism & gender issues I covered for BlogHer.  Since it's hard for me to remember what happened an hour ago, let alone in July or, heaven forbid, January, this is an important exercise for me. It reminds me what feminists accomplished, what still needs to be done, and what I'll can only laugh about or else I'll be curled up in the fetal position whimpering.  This year, I sorted stories by topic. 1sts ...more

Given how much I missed and my own personal biases on the issues, I would love if people ...more

Was a Child Really Suspended From School for Drawing a Crucifix?

Brace yourself for a rocky ride. This story has more twists and turns than the Tilt-A-Whirl at an amusement park. Add in knee-jerk reactions from the right and the left, two battling newspapers, a host of finger pointing and you get the scandal du jour in the world of religious news stories. Initial Story ...more

Is It A Bad Year to Celebrate Kwanzaa?

I ask that question as I performed a blog search using the African-American holiday (which starts on December 26th until January 1) and all I got was vitriol....well, more than usual. There has always been a healthy skepticism about the holiday which was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University, who started the cultural holiday to preserve and promote African Heritage. ...more

Holidays are a celebration.

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Can the Internet be a Force for Press Freedom?

Just days before a leading press freedom group reported that an unprecedented number of bloggers and online journalists are being imprisoned, a pioneering human rights activist and online community builder called for a more sophisticated, globally-conscious approach to protecting online speech. ...more

First they take the extreme forms of expression that 98% of us find repulsive and move to ban ...more

Black Writers to Publishers Weekly: What Were You Thinking?

Here we are in this brave new world of so-called post-racial sensibilities and yet each day reality pokes us in the eye, mocking us with "You have not yet arrived." Any effort to comment on the beauty of our differences or attempt to address the ever-present wound of our inequalities while trumpeting inclusiveness is a balancing act that lands us on our collective rump. So, it's unsurprising that today, part of the Twitterverse erupted in outrage over Publishers Weekly's latest cover, "Afro Picks! New books and trends in African-American publishing." ...more

Calvin Reid says he did not apologize for anything and


Marketers vs. Bloggers: Why We Need to Understand Each Other Better

Recently I read two posts that neatly illustrated just how much bloggers and marketers don't get about each other. One was written by and for marketers in an effort to help marketers better understand bloggers: how we think, how to approach us and how to market to social media communities. The other was written by bloggers to explain how marketers are getting their approaches to bloggers and social media communities wrong and how marketers could do better. ...more

That's a really important reminder, Annie. You haven't truly lived as a marketer until you've ...more

Obama: Back Away From Tiger

I was going to write about the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, but being that I hang around with Republicans, I get more than enough of rich people telling poor people how they should be running their lives. And, frankly, I sucked at science, and had biology with the football coach so you know what? I don’t understand a lot of stuff about science. I get physics. I can do some math. Not a lot of math, but put the math in a Mythbusters episode and I can pretty much follow along as long as explosions are involved. But climatology?...more

Diversity Still Matters in the New News Economy

"Whither goes diversity in the age of layoffs?" ...more

I was listening to an executive bemoan social media and employment one afternoon. I piped up, ...more