Media & Society

Most recent Media & Society blogs and columns

  • Well-designed games can produce positive social outcomes. (Games for Change)

    Gaming for Social Good Is More Than an Ethical Diversion

    Most of us are only too aware of the seemingly intractable problems we’re facing within healthcare, education, community building, environmental sustainability and regional conflict. But... Read more

  • For blacks, owning a home, particularly in a more advantaged community, may evoke feelings of conquering the odds. The feelings are similar among Latinos, many of whom are immigrants looking to assimilate socially and economically, says Meredith Greif. (Diana Parkhouse/Flickr)

    Minority Homeowners May Face ‘Double-Edged Sword’

    A new study finds that while homeownership can spark feelings of pride in people of any race, it tends to be more meaningful for minorities... Read more

  • Richard Dreyfuss poses for a photo at The Roosevelt Hotel, on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Katy Winn/Invision/AP)

    Richard Dreyfuss Loves Acting, but His Passion Is Politics

    LOS ANGELES—Politically, Richard Dreyfuss describes himself as “intensely pre-partisan, and even more intensely anti-shmuck.” The 66-year-old Oscar winner almost immediately injected politics into an hour-long... Read more

  • Customers, left to right, Alli Bertucci, Patrick Bean, and  Ali Regan shop for marijuana inside the retail store at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver, Friday Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    The Republican Party’s Pot Dilemma

    Christopher Beach was trying to defend keeping marijuana illegal to a roomful of conservatives, and it was not going well. When Beach insisted the drug... Read more

  • Lily Cole, model and founder of a social media network that allows people to help each other.

    A Social Networking Platform Built on Altruism

    For 12 years, Lily Cole’s fiery red hair and porcelain features helped land the statuesque model on the cover of magazines and the runways of... Read more

  • Radcliffe Fellow Julie Orringer is working on a novel about Varian Fry, a Harvard student who helped rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII. While at Harvard, he lived in Gore Hall now known as Winthrop House, pictured in background.  

Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

    A Character Fit for a Novel

    Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List,” many know the story of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved hundreds of Polish Jews... Read more

  • Magazines

    Every Woman Should Read This Father’s Words to His Daughter. Amazing.

    Dr. Kelly Flanagan is a psychologist whose blog includes letters to his young daughter, guiding her through a world he hopes will increasingly cherish women... Read more

  • People watch a TV news report with images of Russia's Adelina Sotnikova, left, and South Korea's Yuna Kim about the result of the women's free skate figure skating final during the 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. South Koreans still love Yuna Kim. The judges, however, are another matter. Kim, known as the "Queen" in South Korea, finished with the figure skating silver medal at the Sochi Olympics behind Adelina Sotnikova of Russia. That left many South Koreans furious over what they saw as questionable judging. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    One Olympics, Many Realities Depending on Where You’re Watching TV

    In Sweden, commentators have fun with Norway’s misfortunes. The Dutch can’t get enough of their speedskaters. Japan is so crazy about figure skating they show... Read more

  • What’s Going on in Venezuela?

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  • Fashion from the Jason Wu Fall 2014 collection is modeled, during New York Fashion Week on Friday Feb. 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Kenneth Cole Asks: What’s Real and What’s Show?

    NEW YORK— Social media provocateur Kenneth Cole put actors Alan Cumming and Rachel Dratch on his runway and in a movie Monday that begged the... Read more

  • (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

    Advertisers Look With Empathy Into Your Front Room

    Technology is under development to enable advertisers to target products not just at a broad group of people that might be watching a certain type... Read more

  • Seattle Seahawks fans cheer at a rally for the team near the Space Needle Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Forget Seahawks vs Broncos, Ads are the Super Bowl Stars

    This weekend, the US holds its most watched and celebrated sporting event: the Super Bowl. The XLVIII (that’s the 48th) contest will be held in... Read more

  • Can you handle the digital revolution? (*Shutterstock)

    Digital Labs Are Re-inventing Journalism on the Run

    Last week, while we were still digesting the revelation that The Independent, which had been acquired by its current owner for just £1, was once... Read more

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