Yearly Archives: 2016

OPINION – Neal Gabler: Who’s Really to Blame for Fake News

Lear Center Senior Fellow Neal Gabler penned this scathing commentary originally for Moyers & Company. Consider for a moment the oxymoronic concept of “fake news,” which we have been hearing so much about lately. This isn’t your typical disinformation or misinformation — generated by the government, or foreign adversaries, or… More

Advancing the Story: The Next Chapter in Media Impact

The Norman Lear Center and the Paley Center for Media held an event on November 2 exploring how technology and storytelling are raising awareness about important social issues. I gave a presentation (which you can watch here) addressing how we can connect the dots between media exposure and social or… More

Hollywood Meets the Sustainable Development Goals

Why did UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travel to Los Angeles last month to pitch the Sustainable Development Goals to a roomful of entertainment industry writers and producers? What motivated scores of Hollywood’s top show runners, as well as executives from 13 studios and networks, to head to Norman and Lyn… More

Louis C.K… and Me

Louis C.K. left the internet a few months ago. What a great idea! Me, too! Except I’m the NLC webmaster. An August vacation offered me my chance. Freedom seized! BUT WHY? My attention span = that of a goldfish. “I don’t like the way [the internet] feels anymore.” – Louis… More

Did OJ Change Anything?

Twenty-plus years later and the O.J. Simpson murder case continues to shock and fascinate us. As if you didn’t think there was anything more to learn, a pairing of television offerings this year retold the story in both dramatic and documentary form. FX’s outstanding 10-part “People vs. OJ Simpson: American… More

Are We Better Than This?

If you weren’t whiplashed, heartsick, nauseated, outraged and exhausted last week, you weren’t paying attention. Within the span of 24 hours, we were pummeled by horrifying images and unbearable grief — nothing as awful as personally enduring it, but real and real-time enough to scar our spirits, and to put… More