William Polking replied to Ashley's discussion Feelings?
"Bailey makes a great point—older generations of people who were marginalized because of their gender, sexuality, race, or disability are not saying today's generation are too sensitive. The older generation who were able to discriminate and harass w…"
Friday
William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Firing of Matt Lauer
"Trump decries "fake news" about himself, but he is a serial offender at promoting fake news through his Twitter account.

The problem is so many people now believe "real news" is news that confirms their world view, and any news that contradicts the…"
Friday
William Polking replied to Trevin Vanderheiden's discussion Newspapers staying in business?
"Newspapers will morph to an online presence, perhaps exclusively, as some have already done. But on a local level, sustaining either an advertisement model or a subscription model for a print version is going to be a challenge."
Friday
William Polking replied to jadon daniel henderson's discussion the facebook post
"The problem is enough actual threats have been carried through that schools and police can no longer view anything as an "empty threat."
It's kind of like joking about having a bomb at the airport—we are hypersensitive to terrorism at airports, and…"
Friday
William Polking replied to Sam Murray's discussion Pretty Little Liars
"I agree--nothing is gained by hearing about a father and a son getting in a fight over underwear. Many find it amusing, some recognize it's also sad, but none of us needed to know that. It doesn't make the world safer to know about petty family disp…"
Friday
William Polking replied to Sam Murray's discussion Las Vegas Shooting
"Perfect example of how conspiracy theories are built. Statistically, people die in accidents all the time. But our minds want patterns, we want a story, and accidental deaths make us feel like we aren't in control. So we build a conspiracy theory."
Dec 1
William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion News Worthy
"The Today Show and other "morning shows" are notorious for padding their shows with celebrities.
Also, demographically, women tend to watch these morning shows more, and the stereotype that women are turned off by "news news" remains."
Dec 1
William Polking replied to jadon daniel henderson's discussion lullabies
"Yes, and yes. Nice work building from our class discussion.
Men should sing lullabies to their young children."
Dec 1
William Polking replied to Bryce Wuebker's discussion Christmas
"Bryce, you are exactly right—Christmas music is meant to put you in the purchasing mood. It's a cue.

Further question: Am I the only one who thinks the best Christmas songs are all sad songs?"
Dec 1
William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Celebrity News
"It's also a weird dynamic—Americans claim to love freedom and independence, yet so many worship the British Royal Family.
The stereotype of "Someday my Prince will come" that Disney has pushed remains a huge part of this. It remains a fantasy for ma…"
Dec 1
William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Celebrity Power
"It's also a weird dynamic—Americans claim to love their freedom and independence, yet many still celebrity worship the British Royal Family. Personally, I give no craps about Royal Weddings, but I know many people (stereotype: women) buy into the "s…"
Dec 1
William Polking replied to Taydem Shoesmith's discussion A Music Trick
"Interesting post. Musicians used to be called "sellouts" for licensing their commercials for advertisements, but as the media world has changed, commercials are now an accepted way for bands to get their music heard by more people. Advertisers know…"
Dec 1
William Polking replied to jadon daniel henderson's discussion what is the most dangerous bias?
"Confirmation bias is a dangerous bias, and the explosion of media sources makes confirmation bias easier."
Nov 27
William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Social Media Threats
"Post-Columbine, schools/law enforcement have to take all such threats seriously. Students know this, so some will make such threats just to have school called off or to create publicity for themselves."
Nov 27
William Polking replied to Brittany Vega's discussion Men..
"There is always a backlash to cultural change, and we are seeing it America quite heavily right now on a number of issues."
Nov 27
William Polking replied to Ashley's discussion News??
"I agree that people don't take enough time to process information in general—it's part of what makes teaching more difficult than it used to be.
And skimming news makes us even more susceptible to news bias and our own biases."
Nov 27
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