“Theologian Mark D. Thompson of Moore Theological College says that ‘perhaps the most powerful image of despair at the beginning of the twenty-first century is not found in art, or literature, or even popular music. It is found in a single photograph.’Moore Theological College
Richard Allen Davis, convicted murdered of Polly Klaas
Elian Gonzalez Ten years ago this month, the saga of a Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez captivated the nation and much of the world. Elian, 6, was found floating on an inner tube off the coast of Florida, after his mother drowned trying to reach America.Elian Gonzalez The Cuban immigrant community in Florida embraced the boy as a symbol of the struggle of ordinary Cubans to flee the oppression of Fidel Castro's communist regime, and rallied behind the boy's extended family in Miami, which sought custody of young Elian.young Elian But U.S. immigration officials insisted that the boy be returned to his father in Havana. Agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Service conducted an armed raid on Elian's adoptive Miami home - yielding a powerful image of paramilitary forces in America menacing a frightened 6-year-old.a powerful image
Boston.com: News in Pictures Toxic sludge in Hungary, Oct. 4, 2010 Toxic sludge in Hungary Legalization of marijuana on Calif. Ballot Legalization of marijuana France on strike, Oct. 2010 France on strike
Your assignment 1. Identify an issue you are interested in that illustrates sanity or insanity 2. Select a photograph to illustrate the issue 3. Write a paragraph about the issue and why you think it is interesting and significant and post the paragraph and photo on Ning by next Monday (8 points) 4. AND, for 5 points extra credit, attend the Rally for 101 Sanity on Sat., Oct. 30 at 11 am in Room 216 and present your idea to the group verbally.
Ways to search for images Google image search Google Flickr image search Flickr News organization sites Specialty magazines, blogs
Children going hungry in the U.S.: Poverty rate is now the highest in 51 years Poverty rate is now the highest in 51 years (14.3%)
High high school dropout rates (The U.S. trails Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The countries with a lower high-school graduation rate are Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
Sane or Insane? Wikileaks 24/7 cable news shows Tea Party International news coverage LeBron James interview on ESPN Popularity of GLEE
Sanity / Insanity Salon.com Year In Sanity Salon.com Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC host, talking about Muslimstalking about Muslims Bill O’Reilly on The View talking about the mosque in NY, Obama and MuslimsThe View talking about the mosque in NY, Obama and Muslims
"Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” Juan Williams, speaking to Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor Think Progress (video)video Fuller video (video)(video) James Fallows James Fallows on the controversy and the differences between Fox and NPR Jay Rosen Jay Rosen on the controversy and the difficulty of defining “news analyst” Juan Williams controversy
Williams was doing the kind of stereotyping in a public platform that is dangerous to a democracy," said NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard. "It puts people in categories, as types — not as individuals with much in common despite their differences. When a prominent journalist publicly states his personal fears of an entire group of people, it unwittingly reinforces the paranoia against Muslims and legitimizes the hostility toward them. Minnesota Daily, Oct. 25, 2010
Pictures of Muslims Wearing Things Rapper Diam accessorizes with megaphone.
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