Media & Society

The Dark Side of Coffee: An Unequal Social and Environmental Exchange

Not all is good on the ‘technified’ coffee farm. (mckaysavage, CC BY 2.0)
Not all is good on the ‘technified’ coffee farm. (mckaysavage, CC BY 2.0)

The humble coffee bean is one of the most important and actively traded commodities in the world. It doesn’t take more than a glance at...

  • Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan Fires up Nuclear Power Again, but Can It Ever Be Safe Enough?

    After two years without any nuclear power in response to the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, Japan has restarted its first reactor,... Read more

  • While there is evidence that improving driving laws—which are regulated state by state—can improve health, little is know about why states have approached the regulation of driving laws in such different ways.  (lola1960/iStock)

    States Look to Neighbors for Drunk-Driving Laws

    The severity of a state’s alcohol-impaired driving problem doesn’t predict its new laws on the subject—neither does the political makeup of the state government. A new... Read more

  • Musicians play at a gathering in Griffith Park, July 26, to promote the transformation of a strip of Western Ave. in Los Angeles to become “Little Venezuela”. (Timothy Wahl)

    Hope for Little Venezuela in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES—In unity there is strength. No need to tell that to Dassler Dazha, a former telenovela actor in his native Venezuela and present-day floral... Read more

  • History, Race, and the Future

    This week’s column features an interview with former congressperson, ambassador, and school psychologist Diane E. Watson, PhD, who has traveled the world addressing issues of... Read more

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    Recalls Hurt Brands and Rivals on Social Media

    Product recalls provoke a sharp increase in negative chatter on social media sites. This bad buzz can cause a drop in sales and the market cap—or... Read more

  • "The difference between the truth and a lie is evidence," says Charles Menifield. "If governments can provide proper evidence to citizens that they are governing well, it can improve the possibility of positive interactions between governments and the people."

    Can Internet Access Keep Local Government Honest?

    When citizens have easy and constant access to government information, that’s called government transparency. It’s vital for good governance, and citizens’ perception of the government... Read more

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    Auctions Aren’t Best for Abandoned Buildings

    To help distressed cities recover, managed sales programs are a better way to sell abandoned properties than are auctions, a new study says. Managed sales... Read more

  • Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

    Japan’s ‘Sacred’ Rice Farmers Brace for Pacific Trade Deal’s Death Sentence

    In small wet rice fields, or suiden, across Japan, farmers don rubber boots to slosh through the fields and check their plantings. Meanwhile, thousands of... Read more

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    Star Wars Is Back. Get in Mood With These Most Hilarious Stormtrooper Pictures

    In just five months the new “Star Wars: Force Awakens” hits movie theaters, yet for many the force never went to sleep in the first... Read more


    The US Won the World Cup—Not the Women’s World Cup

    On July 7, 26.7 million Americans tuned in to watch the World Cup final between the US and Japan. Not only did the game score... Read more

  • Neil Young wrote Rockin' in the Free World – but what world is Donald Trump in?  (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Donald Trump and Neil Young: What That Song Communicates

    The use of Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World (1989) at Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement this week – and the response from Young... Read more

  • A woman shows a picture of a "like" button on her phone in New York on May 28, 2015. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    How to Be Less Annoying on Facebook

    Are you annoying on Facebook? This new study will tell you if you are.  It’s hard not to be judgmental on Facebook. We all have... Read more

  • Over 500 daily newspapers now use paywalls. Are they working? (iStock)

    Newspapers’ Ongoing Search for Subscription Revenue: From Paywalls to Micropayments

    It’s no mystery that newspapers are struggling to make money: between 2006 and 2014, the industry lost approximately 30 billion dollars in advertising. In response,... Read more

  • Hoards of Jack Kennedy fans would greet the candidate during his 1960 campaign for President. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Showbiz Politics: Through Campaign Songs, Candidates Become Stars

    The next presidential race has begun, and over the next year and a half, Americans will watch extravagant political productions unfold. Those looking to succeed... Read more

  • A mother shows her son around the grounds of a school in Vancouver in preparation for his first day in kindergarten, Aug. 20, 2013. A burgeoning teacher-led movement that rejects unproven education education trends is quickly growing, and some educators say a change in how education is delivered in Canada is long overdue. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Do Canada’s Schools Need a ‘Quiet Revolution’?

    A grassroots teacher-led movement that has taken hold in the United Kingdom is spreading around the world and last weekend landed in North America. Its... Read more

  • A woman faces down a line of Baltimore Police officers in riot gear during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    The Media and Baltimore: Covering the Dramatic Versus the Representative

    Does the news media make bad situations worse? President Obama said as much in his comments about the uprising in Baltimore triggered by the latest... Read more

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