Primetime Terrorism: How Depictions of Terrorism in Television Dramas Shape Perceptions and Political Attitudes

Using the episode "Drone Queen" from season four of the HBO show HOMELAND as a treatment, I designed an experiment to examine the framing effects of watching the episode in its entirety versus watching the episode with all scenes removed that depicted a positive-valence frame toward the victims of a drone strike in Afghanistan. The … Continue reading Primetime Terrorism: How Depictions of Terrorism in Television Dramas Shape Perceptions and Political Attitudes

When Immigration And Refugee Issues Abound, Georgia State Tackles Them Here And Abroad

With Dr. Anthony Lemieux, Director of the Global Studies Institute at Georgia State University, covering the first annual Emerging Global Issues Forum. Via Higher Education: Thought Leadership on SaportaReport.com

Working For a Better America: Thoughts on Obama’s Second Inauguration, Dr. Cornel West, and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although I wrote this piece nearly five years ago, the theme and message of Dr. West's speech are as true today as they were in 2013... This afternoon, on the day we annually celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Barack Obama was recognized in the 57th presidential inauguration celebration. As America's 44th president, the … Continue reading Working For a Better America: Thoughts on Obama’s Second Inauguration, Dr. Cornel West, and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Trump for President – A Good Lesson for America?

Let me be clear from the start: I do not want to see Donald Trump lead the most powerful nation in the world. He would wreck our international relationships, ruin the country's credit, and generally  run the United States into the ground. But having him run for president might be exactly what America needs right now. … Continue reading Trump for President – A Good Lesson for America?

New Tools for Modern Education, Made Easy

In today's working world, quick innovation and technological advancement has flipped the traditional system of seniority on its head. Where once experience was the fasted path to respect and a promotion, now it seems to only matter if you know the newest media platform or computer code. This is especially true in our education system, where innovation … Continue reading New Tools for Modern Education, Made Easy

What It Should Mean to be “Pro-Life”

Since when did being "pro-life" become synonymous with being prudish and anti-woman? Why does being "pro-choice" make you anti-family? When did the dehumanizing ad-tactics of the Mad Men-esque marketing world take its attack labels away from business and onto the political battlefield of Values vs. Rationality? Better yet, when did the two concepts become mutually exclusive … Continue reading What It Should Mean to be “Pro-Life”

Same Me, Different Year — And Loving It!

One week ago we toasted to the New Year, and boy! What a year 2015 will be for me. My ten-year high school reunion is this year. My closest college friend is getting married. I'm graduating with a Master's degree. And yet, once the champagne fizzled and the sun rose, there were still bills to pay, stresses … Continue reading Same Me, Different Year — And Loving It!