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Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently …

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Bigger Than Technology: An Interview with Joi Ito on One with Farai

Joi Ito

Joi Ito

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, explains how a sense of play and experimentation inform their cutting-edge work.

As a child, Joi Ito went back and forth between Japan and US cities, including Detroit, forging an international identity; a fascination with technology; and also for community. He explains how passions including DJing and the multip

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August 21, 2014 One No Comments

A Graphic Error? Or the Racialization of Terror?

Gotta give it up to Gawker for this one, with their wry line being: “If the terrorists won’t do us the courtesy of being brown, no matter—we’ll just make them brown, instead.” To be fair, the caricature depicts them as more “swarthy” than brown, “swarthy” apparently being the universal color of terrorists, even if they happen to actually be pale skinned men from the Caucasus region, i.e., the origin of the term “caucasian.” Gawker also links from their article to an article on the 1994 controversy when Time Magazine hired an illustrator to darken OJ Simpson’s skin.

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May 3, 2013 Blog No Comments

The Magazine as Trans-Media

UK Wired ran this chart of how their brand is both a magazine and a trans-media company, related to how often you want to consume information and via what devices. Clever.

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March 25, 2013 Blog No Comments

Beyond Politics and Punditry to the Common Good

I guess I finally understand what it feels like to be a typical American… or perhaps a stereotypical one. You know: the kind of person who is disappointed not only with politics, but with political discourse. Let me explain.

I grew up in a family where politics was a passion, a mission, and a sport. From the time I was in elementary school, I sat at my grandparents’ table with the extended family and heard my uncle deconstruct his time in Vietnam; my grandparents discuss the civil service jobs they had; and everyone talk about politics — national and local. Of course, the conversation often circled back around to whether the black community was being well-served by the people in power. The meal

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August 19, 2012 Blog No Comments

Fair to Compare Mormons for Romney to Blacks for Obama?

Just a quick note…

In this weekend’s Nevada caucus, the first primary contest with a large percent of Mormon voters (26% of participants), Mitt Romney won handily by 50 percent of the total. But he strikingly won 90 percent of the Mormon vote.

During the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, African-Americans were criticized for blindly following Obama because of race. Similar charges are not being leveled, at least not to the same extent, against Mormon voters for Romney.

Humans are social animals and we all have reasons for hewing to identity and affinity groups, as well as calculations about whether and how supporting a particular candidate will affect us and our communities.


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February 6, 2012 Blog 1 Comment


Discover Magazine: The Bypass Cure

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Worth a read — this Discover Magazine article on how the Roux-en-Y bypass technique for weight loss can literally cure diabetes overnight.

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Mayor Bloomberg to Talk Climate Change

Via Politico: At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will deliver a major speech in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard outlining the risks New York City faces from climate change and the steps the city should take to protect neighborhoods.

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Notebook: Climate Change and New York

Watch the video of this panel on climate change and Sandy. Columbia University scientist Klaus Jacob said “On a nice sunny day in the year 2100, the water level will be almost as high as it was during Sandy.”

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Consumer Culture and Freedom

Consumer culture is not freedom.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Real. Now What Do We Do About It?

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“Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud,” says the Brennan Center for Justice. A new article by Roger Simon of Politico blows open GOP plans to block the vote.

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Giving Thanks 2012


A long list of gratitude for things that are both beautiful and troubling — all of them are part of our world, and our lives, our realities.

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A Hot New Musical About the Search for Home


Because the story is about a black woman and not a black archetype or stereotype, anyone who loves the art of theatre and the place where struggle meets the sublime can relate to GIRL shakes loose her skin. I don’t know when it will hit the stage next, or what major theatrical producer will step up to bankroll it, but I’ll be there.

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Should President Obama Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

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Head on over to the Columbia Journalism Review’s site to read my piece on the President and criminal justice reform. Now that the election is over, these questions are more imperative than ever.

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Why the “Foreign Policy” Debate Wasn’t One

Please go to The Root and check out my piece on why the “foreign policy” debate was nothing of the sort….

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Politically Viral: Videos to Watch

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Props to Thanh Tan for her article about the GOP Washington State gubernatorial candidate bringing it Gangnam Style; plus Sesame wants Big Bird out of Obama ad.

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