From: The Washington Post (Washington, DC)
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Jonathan Turley ‘83 writes: “Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views. The decline of free speech has come not from any single blow but rather from thousands of paper cuts of well-intentioned exceptions designed to maintain social harmony…” Turley is the Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University. Read more…
From The Register-Mail:
…I plan to write about President Obama’s foreign policy over the next months in the pages of the Register-Mail. The challenges for the United States in the age of global terrorism, escalating proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and in the growing pains of international political and economic development are many.
There is no greater challenge than refining a policy strategy that meets the objectives of practicing and defending the ideals of the United States, while sustaining U.S. security and commitment to global and regional stability. While the president must be a realist, assessing genuine needs in terms of U.S. national interest, he must also embrace the idealist core of American principles of democracy and freedom-promotion. He must prioritize as well…
L. Sue Hulett is the Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science and chair of the Political Science Department at Knox College.
We live in a world where children find it easy to identify brand names but difficult to identify native plants. This cultural phenomenon is highlighted by American Artist Heidi Cody’s brand alphabet installations.
The online sphere is alive with blog posts arguing that advertising is wrong, unethical and even ‘evil’.
In 2010 the UN warned that climate change and a culture of consumerism were the greatest threats to the civilisation’s future wellbeing and prosperity - and there is no doubt that advertising drives consumerism…
Tim Kasser, Professor of psychology at Knox College in Illinois, US, is strongly for advertising bans. He says ‘Public advertising on places like billboards and in subways contributes to social norms suggesting the consumerism is a good thing and also serves as a stimulus in the environment that can momentarily activate materialistic, self-enhancing values.’ Both of these effects are associated with worse ecological attitudes and behaviours.
Holding a bad attitude towards the environment and prioritising materialistic values makes us less happy. Kasser adds: ‘Much advertising relies on creating a discrepancy in people’s minds between where they are and where the beautiful, successful, highly loved people in the advertisement are; such discrepancies are known to create negative emotional states.