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The JUST Entertainment section examines the multitude of ways in which entertainment media track, catalyze and incite social change – we comb through diverse forms of Entertainment to illuminate existing social attitudes and identifying opportunities to drive positive change.

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Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis?

January 29, 2009

As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined, while our visual skills have improved, according to research by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children's Digital Media Center, Los Angeles.  Read more...


Peter Gabriel Fights Injustice with Video


Technology may be eating our minds 

David Binning
September 18, 2010

OXFORD University professor Susan Greenfield is worried, very worried. As a leading -- and controversial -- neuroscientist and commentator on society and modern technology, she warns that society is facing the prospect of being robbed of its future Albert Einsteins and Isaac Newtons. Why? Today's brainiacs spend too much time fiddling with their iPhones or updating their Facebook pages.  Read More...


Social change is world change

Kris Slava
May, 2011 
In the 21st Century it often feels like the world changes on its own – rapidly, inevitably.  But unless we’re talking about the seasons or a tsunami, this is a misperception.  People change the world.  It’s just that most often this human-induced change is not intentional.  Billions of individuals make billions of individual decisions and society changes.  The world changes.  
And then there is intentional change.  Focused individuals envision a better world, target core issues, and harness media to change attitudes and actions.  They change the world.
Entertainment media are entrained in both types of change.  They mirror the gestalt forces that move through society.  They are deployed by intentional individuals who are striving to catalyze change.
In this first edition of Crux, we will sample both ends of this spectrum of social change.  We will look at some of the instances of un-intentionality – of embedded and self-perpetuating social attitudes reflected in entertainment media.  And, as a counterpoint, we will also sample a range of ways in which people are utilizing entertainment media to make a personal transition in the direction of positive and intentional change.

Social networking 'success' doesn't extend to offline relationships

Social success in the virtual world doesn't appear to carry over into the real world according to a new study out of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.  According to Thomas V. Pollet, spending a lot of time online is not linked to having a larger number of offline friends.  The success of the relationships developed during online social networking were not any closer or stronger than of those who didn't use any networking skills. 

There is a good article that appeared in the L.A. Times.

Social networking 'success' doesn't extend to offline relationships

Having lots of friends in the social networking world doesn't mean you're popular in real life.

Having lots of friends in the social networking world doesn't mean you're popular in real life. (Photo by Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

Social networking has been described as the contemporary way that people interact. While that may be true, an individual's social success in the virtual world doesn't appear to carry over into the real world, according to a new study. More

How Much Has Social Media Changed Society?

Gil Pizano asks the following questions about social media...

  • What are some of your opinions as to how social media has changed society? 

  • How do you believe social media will be in the future? 

  • What will social media look like in 5 or even 10 years from now? 15 or 20 years from now?


Have you ever thought about how much our society has changed because of social media?  I have been doing some research on the history of social media and how it has influenced all of our lives.  There is a great website called Shout Me Loud.  I have included a link to a great article dealing with the many facets of social media today.  More


Operation Smile: LuLu's Story

     In 2004, I was in Shanghai, China  working on a wonderful movie called Smile.  I am a studio teacher, and was working with a 14 year old girl, called Mika Boorem. It's a true story about a young Chinese girl, who was born with a severe facial deformity.  Operation Smile is a non-profit organization, which provides free medical care to children with cleft palates in more than 60 counries.  They are using social media to gain support for future operations.  Most of these little faces can be completely mended during a simple 45 minute operation.  Each face has a story. 

Click here to go to their website

     Below is a good example of just how one little child's future has been permanently changed.


How 'cognitive surplus' will change the world

   Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" -- the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles." While we're busy editing Wikipedia, posting to Ushahidi (and yes, making LOLcats), we're building a better, more cooperative world."  Clay has pointed out that what we do with our idle time on the web is important, and can bring some lasting social changes.  Each individual plays an important part in the overall scheme of things.  Below is an interesting video that Clay shared during a seminar at a  TED conference.  It expresses his viewpoints on creating positive social changes.


The Journalist as an Agent of Social Change

I found this article on a website called Media Alliance. Journalists are often overlooked as agents for positive social change in our society today.


Photo © 2001 Rebeka Rodriguez

Many forms of politically engaged journalism have arisen to fight social injustices in the course of U.S. history: the radical pamphlets by Thomas Paine that helped incite a revolutionary uprising against British rule; the muckraking reporting of Upton Sinclair that exposed inhumane conditions in the Chicago stockyards; the investigation of the Standard Oil Company by Ida Tarbell; Dorothy Day's prophetic reporting on the injustice of poverty in her groundbreaking Catholic Worker newspaper; the attacks on municipal corruption by Lincoln Steffens; the exposé of the profiteering funeral industry by Jessica Mitford; the no-holds-barred struggle with the war machine waged by the underground press of the 1960s. These and other crusading journalists have left us an inspiring historic legacy of morally charged, politically engaged reporting. They were all socially conscious writers who, in varying ways, practiced "justice journalism."

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