The Nature of Civil Disobedience

The Human Rights Campaign Documentary, What Are Human Rights, included a narration describing the origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): “Human rights were born. The idea spread quickly, to Greece, to India, and eventually, to Rome. They noticed that people naturally followed certain laws, even if they weren’t told to. They calledContinue reading “The Nature of Civil Disobedience”

Bury My Heart

This week, I watched a film called Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee because I hadn’t seen it in a while, and it’s actually relevant again. This may seem like an odd film to watch for a war reporting course, but I think it is necessary to remember how “news coverage” in this country began.Continue reading “Bury My Heart”

How the Press Advanced the American Civil Rights Movement

Many journalists have written stories that have made people cry. An article may inspire its reader to share it with others. A piece may even perk enough interest to motivate its reader to conduct further research on its subject matter. But every once in a while, a story comes along that demands a collective reaction.Continue reading “How the Press Advanced the American Civil Rights Movement”

War Zone Discussion: “Blood Diamond”

Before Watching Again… Even though the movie Blood Diamond contains fictional characters, the film is based on true events. Back in the late ‘90s, about 15% of the world’s diamond production came from conflict regions. This movie pretty much goes into why that’s unethical.

A Critical and Interpretive Analysis of the Film “Smoke Signals”

Americans like to use phrases like, “land of the free,” and “the American dream,” primarily because phrases like these have been spoon-fed to them via media outlets and social norms, and have been passed down through generations. But what do these clichés represent? Like the American system of economics and currency, does this nation possessContinue reading “A Critical and Interpretive Analysis of the Film “Smoke Signals””