Years of gender research has yielded years of gender data…and no real change.

Back in grad school, there was a professor at Mills College who systematically gave all white students a C in her Black History class. She announced this at the top of the first lecture on the first day, just so everyone was clear. Even with the most diligent study, no white person could have more than an average understanding of the black experience after only one 4-month course, ergo the average grade, she explained.

She was right. I took the class, I turned in B-level coursework, I got a C, and I consider that grade generous. In reality, I failed…

What’s wrong with our reticence to talk about Donald Trump’s mental health

Patient X presents as an older, affable, well-to-do executive. Several minutes into a cordial conversation he reveals the FBI is out to get him and that the government has been listening in on his conversations. Unprompted, he speaks with serious conviction on several conspiracy theories. Despite having the resources to prove or disprove these paranoid delusions, he chooses to cite supporting evidence gleaned from cable news. His suspicion toward strangers necessitates a small inner circle and prohibits a fulfilling social life. He has difficulty sustaining long-term romantic relationships and has few close friends.

Blatant symptomatic displays of mental illness are…

The Future of VR Broadcasting Looks A Lot Like the Past

Have you ever thought about who decides what shows get on TV? I often wonder which TV programming execs greenlit Big Bang Theory, The Bachelor or any of the other insipid, cookie-cutter primetime programs that add exactly nothing to the craft of storytelling, do nothing to enrich viewers’ lives, nor anything to further the broadcast media arts and technologies.

As tempted as I am to arm an angry mob of intellectuals with lit torches at the homes of these execs…I understand why network slates are full of sub-par storytelling.

Television doesn’t exist to enrich viewers’ leisure time with inspiring and…

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A Bingo Card and Brief Refresher on Logical Fallacies.

Rhetoric, or persuasive speech, is formulaic. It requires the use of arguments to prove a point. The cornerstone for building a sound and solid argument actually begins by understanding the weak ones, specifically logical fallacies. These are the tricky arguments that sound right, but in fact, are not sound.

“If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit” is classic Reductio ad absurdum or sometimes called the Slippery Slope Logical Fallacy. The validity of logical fallacies have nothing to do with the subject matter. It’s about the way this argument is structured. …

In 1951 a charmingly cute and quirky musician had a great idea. Why not televise weekly concerts of his popular band? Through the magic of broadcast television, it would be just like having a front row seat at every live show.

And so the Lawrence Welk Show was born.

It was a bad show, but it wasn’t a bad idea. Lawrence Welk already had a large following. He regularly invited other artists on the show to leverage their fans into his fan base. And he did improve on the original concept, making good use of this nascent medium by adding…

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