Media

‘Amish Mafia,’ a Real Exercise in Pop Culture Exploitation

‘Amish Mafia,’ a Real Exercise in Pop Culture Exploitation

January 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

WASHINGTON POST 01/04/13 By Lisa Miller The week before Christmas, 3 million people watched the Discovery Channel’s new reality show, “Amish Mafia,” making it the second-most-viewed cable show that night, after the trashy hit “Moonshiners.” This is surprising for two reasons: First, it reveals Americans’ enduring fetish with all things […]

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‘Amish Mafia’ is a Shameful, Unrealistic Portrayal of Plain People

‘Amish Mafia’ is a Shameful, Unrealistic Portrayal of Plain People

November 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/29/12 By Michael Shank If anyone thinks that the Discovery Channel is about actual discovery of, say, science, history, space, or tech, as their Web site claims, think again. Or if you think that its sister company, The Learning Channel (TLC), is about learning new insight or information, […]

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‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

November 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/28/12 By Michael Shank There is much to laud in the recently released film “Lincoln,” and Participant Media, which produced the film, points a principled way forward for fellow filmmakers, and their audiences, who care about social action.  Participant Media is relatively new to Hollywood, but it has […]

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GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

November 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER 11/28/12 By Michael Shank Will Pennsylvania ever produce another Republican leader on par with Thaddeus Stevens (“‘Lincoln’ lays bare messy reality of process,” Sunday)? Stevens’ adamant promotion of equality and opportunity contrasts starkly with the present state GOP. Whether it is the voter-ID law that would disproportionately impact […]

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‘Free Speech’ on the DC Metro

‘Free Speech’ on the DC Metro

October 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

AL JAZEERA 10/09/12 By Michael Shank If someone got physically violent on the Metro in Washington, DC, they would get kicked off the train or bus. Similarly, if someone indecently exposed him or herself (as noted in the new Metro ads threatening action against indecent exposure) or yelled incendiary, racist […]

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When Washington Welcomes A Nonviolent Muslim

When Washington Welcomes A Nonviolent Muslim

June 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm

POLITICO 06/02/12 By Michael Shank CBS News “60 Minutes” recently produced a show about Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, spurred by concern about the so-called Hizmet movement’s alleged connection to a growing network of high performing and nationally ranked charter schools in the US.  These schools rank in Newsweek’s top […]

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GPPAC Media Training Manual

GPPAC Media Training Manual

February 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PREVENTION OF ARMED CONFLICT 02/11 By Michael Shank Download Media Training Manual in ENGLISH, ARABIC, CHINESE, RUSSIAN, FRENCH, and SPANISH. PREFACE Welcome to the GPPAC’s Media Training Manual The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a world-wide civil society-led network which aims […]

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Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding

April 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm

PEACE & CHANGE: A JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH Vol. 33, Issue 2, April 08 By Michael Shank and Lisa Schirch Abstract The arts offer peacebuilders unique tools for transforming intractable interpersonal, intercommunal, national, and global conflicts – tools that are not currently prevalent or available within the peacebuilding field. The […]

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Steer Concerned Celebrities Instead of Stifling Them

Steer Concerned Celebrities Instead of Stifling Them

November 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/01/07 By Michael Shank Sir, Gideon Rachman (“The aid crusade and Bono’s brigade”, October 30) has it right: it is better to have rock stars roiling for debt relief than resorting to hotel room romping. Yet Mr Rachman sides with the cynics on celebrity campaigning by taking issue […]

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