October 2, 2009

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Proposed changes to The Patriot Act; Italy's not-so-free press; J.J. Abrams on how "The Twilight Zone" has influenced his work.

The Other Provision

Much attention has been paid to three provisions of The Patriot Act set to expire this year, but civil libertarians say the focus should be on a lesser noticed portion of the law having to do with National Security Letters. Greg Nojeim, ...

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A Torture Narrative

In an attempt to keep the public interested in the vast amount of information about the government's interrogation practices and rendition policies, the ACLU recently launched The Torture Report. The report's chief author, Larry Siems, hopes to draw people in by writing an accessible story about ...


Italy's Mogul

According to press freedom advocates, journalists in Italy are now only "partly free." In recent weeks, a petition protesting government control of the media has garnered 450,000 signatures, and protesters plan to march in Rome this weekend. The target: Italy’s media mogul, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. ...

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Driven to Do Something

This week at the Distracted Driving Summit, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that federal employees will be banned from texting while driving. New York Times reporter Matt Richtel says that, despite only recent attention, the dangers of using cell phones while driving have long been known.

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Digital Delusion

Conventional wisdom says that the Internet has democratized politics by giving a direct voice to citizens. And while the bar for publishing - via blogs, podcasts and YouTube videos - has never been lower, there’s a difference between speaking and being heard. The Myth of Digital Democracy author ...

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The Amygdala Goes Hollywood

What do you get when you cross an fMRI machine with the movie industry? Neurocinema. MindSign co-founder Philip Carlsen and neurologist Dr. David Hubbard explain how their brain scan research may help directors give the audience what it wants.

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Shadow and Substance

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Rod Serling’s "The Twilight Zone." Serling used the sci-fi genre as a tool to tell larger stories of morality, says Larry Kassan, founder of the Rod Serling Video Festival. He has also influenced Hollywood writers and producers, including

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