The Social Responsibility of the Press: Lessons From the 1947 Hutchins Commission

This article originally appeared on February 26, 2015. Journalists and the media platforms that broadcast their work play an essential role in the American version of democracy. Those who write the news, produce, and distribute it act as an unofficial fourth estate of government. Founders including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson felt that the press shouldContinue reading “The Social Responsibility of the Press: Lessons From the 1947 Hutchins Commission”

The Public Pursuit of Personal Significance

It has been a decade since Facebook has been available to all Internet users. We construct public personae that proposes what we would like others to believe about us and what we would like to believe about ourselves. We cultivate a satisfying image that we float for others to either validate or reject through likes andContinue reading “The Public Pursuit of Personal Significance”

Four Uncanny Moments in Film

Recently a friend and I got on the subject of childhood movies and the uncanny. Sigmund Freud took up his own thinking on the uncanny in a essay from 1919 entitled The Uncanny. It is from the essay that most psychologists are familiar with Das Unheimliche. Freud makes a distinction between the heimliche (concealed) and the unheimliche (unconcealed). Freud described the phenomenonContinue reading “Four Uncanny Moments in Film”

Reik Part 3: Sensical & Nonsensical Thought

In no place did Freud author the often misquoted, and misleading, notion that “biology is destiny”. Freud’s claim was that “anatomy is destiny,” or more importantly, that gender is our fate. In fact, it seems that the struggle that Freud had in the 19th Century, the clashing against popular biological explanations of neurosis, is the veryContinue reading “Reik Part 3: Sensical & Nonsensical Thought”

In the Eye of the Beholder: How we Determine the Meaning of the News

Paul Lazarsfeld, lead researcher of The People’s Choice Study. Common sense holds that when we are presented with information that is contrary to what we believe, we are forced to reexamine not only the new evidence, but also our beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions. This is the belief that when a rational individual is confronted with evidenceContinue reading “In the Eye of the Beholder: How we Determine the Meaning of the News”

The Social Responsibility of the Press: Lessons From the 1947 Hutchins Commission

Journalists and the media platforms that broadcast their work play an essential role in the American version of democracy. Those who write the news, produce, and distribute it act as an unofficial fourth estate of government. Founders including Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson felt that the press should act as a watchdog that keeps-in-check the actionsContinue reading “The Social Responsibility of the Press: Lessons From the 1947 Hutchins Commission”

The Evolution of Erich Fromm

This blog originally appeared on December 12, 2011.  “Fromm had an unparalleled ability to write for the public; the ability to express sensitive, complicated, and often paradoxical thoughts in a graspable way, while maintaining an intelligent conversation. Fromm was a man interested in actively incorporating his ideas and making them accessible to the man onContinue reading “The Evolution of Erich Fromm”