Posts by Scott McGibbon

More “Cronkite Moments,” Please, ASAP!

Mere weeks ago, The Washington Post ran a story headlined “‘Lie after lie after lie’: Fox News’s Shepard Smith has a Cronkite moment on Russia,” which caught our attention because the Lear Center reveres the TV journalistic legacy of Walter Cronkite and presents biennial awards named for him. Watch the… 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

Springtime for Exxon

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at the Lear Center; Matt Rose is Program Manager at Hollywood, Health & Society Climate change, the looming tragedy of our lives, is happening at a speed and a scale we can barely comprehend. This threat is as dangerous to human life, liberty and… More

Primetime Terror Fights Another War

Scott McGibbon is Project Specialist at the Lear Center. Last year the Lear Center invited acclaimed digital remix artist Joe Sabia to produce an entertaining video that would summarize the findings laid out in a Lear Center research report on television’s depiction of the “War on Terror.” Joe pored over the… More

Entertainment? Education? Entercation? Edutainment?

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at the Lear Center. “I’m dancing all over the place.” Beyoncé describing her new show? A Dancing with the Stars hopeful? Not quite: This is a Pennsylvania middle-school teacher, in a recent New York Times article, describing his attempts to keep his students engaged… More

Look at Clouds from Both Sides Now

Scott McGibbon is Project Specialist at the Lear Center. As so much of our lives – medical charts, business enterprises, financial records, personal photos and videos – moves “up there,” it seems like a good time to take a clear-eyed view of “the cloud.” A new report from Greenpeace, How… More

Grand & Grander

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at The Norman Lear Center. The Lear Center’s Grand Intervention project – begun as an effort to open up the design process and involve the public in LA’s Grand Avenue Civic Park — just passed its sixth birthday, which seems like a fine time… More

I Write the Songs… And Now You Can, Too!

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at the Norman Lear Center. I was glad when I learned earlier this year that singer-songwriter Imogen Heap was working on a new album and intrigued when it was announced she was going to crowd-source the composing of the songs, with an anticipated schedule of… More

Michael J. Copps and the Comcast Catast

Scott McGibbon is a Project Specialist at the Lear Center.   The ongoing challenges to corrupt oligarchies in the Middle East have shaken the world and reminded Americans how powerful the pull of liberty and democracy can be anywhere. These echoes of our own revolutionary history flood our TV and… More

Good as Gold?

Norman Lear, whose TV screen cred goes back to the beginning of the medium as well as encompassing his own landmark shows, has said on more than one occasion he believes the Golden Age of television is right now, not during the heyday of his shows All in the Family and Maude nor… More