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Proviso Probe

Monday, May 15, 2006

ETHNICITY, media attention for missing persons

Last Thursday, Without a Trace tackled the issue of how the media handles missing Blacks and "Whites" differently.

The family of Tamika Huston finally got the media to acknowledge the double standard. See Political Animal (Kevin Drum).

Blogs also played a key role in providing backlash against Missing White Girl Syndrome. Although, as the case of Christina Esparza, aka Christina Nowakowski, showed, "White" women past their window of visual sex appeal don't get much coverage either.

Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter by Steve Johnson argues that today's pop culture is really smarter and more sophisticated. Or it makes society smarter and more sophisticated. See kottke.org for review/discussion.

Anybody see Without a Trace? Got comments on the Johnson thesis about pop culture?

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