Tabloid newspapers do not appear to advance the political citizenship of their readers, relative even to those who read no newspapers whatsoever. Tabloid-only readers are twice as likely to agree with a negative view of politics than readers of no newspapers. They're not just less politically engaged. They are consuming media that reinforces their negative evaluation of politics, thereby contributing to a fatalistic and cynical attitude to democracy and their own role within it. Little wonder that the report concluded that in this respect, the press, particularly the tabloids, appear not to be living up to the importance of their role in our democracy.Democracy, in order to work, requires that reasonable men and women take the time to understand and debate difficult, sometimes complex issues, and they do so in an atmosphere which strives for the type of understanding that leads to, if not agreement, then at least a productive and workable compromise. read more
With winter upon us, those of us that don't live in Florida have a lot of indoor time to kill. Reading the Drudge Retort usually gives me leads on books to read but the pickings seem to be thin recently. So I'm looking for a reading list. While personal education and gratification from reading is important, we all know the most important thing is having others know what we read. Some might even come to share a viewpoint or position from reading something they normally wouldn't have. I'm not thinking that's very likely but WTF, I'm an optimist. So be it politics, nature, history or other, share a title or two. After all, reading is fundamental.
A group that's looking for the first Red Planet colonists received applicationsfrom more than 200,000 prospective astronauts vying for a spot on a one-way trip to Mars.
Its initial 19-week application window closed on Aug. 31, with a final tally of 202,586 volunteers.
Martian hopefuls who missed the deadline or were too young to apply this time around will have future chances to be considered. read more