William Polking replied to Jeffrey Tait's discussion Is News Really News
"News is rarely just news anymore. We as a culture demand to be entertained, and thus everything becomes entertainment. Look at the pressures on schools to also be entertaining and engaging. I argue this is all related."
Friday
William Polking replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion OABCIG School Lunch Fight
"Sadly, yes, one of the ways media constructs our view of the world is bullying. I read an interesting piece of research that said Internet trolls for the most part do not act that way in their real lives. The way communicating on a screen changes us…"
Friday
William Polking replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion MSNBC Time with Grandma
"What's frightening is that for many in the older generation, they watch cable news CONSTANTLY. And it is dangerously skewing how they see America."
Friday
William Polking replied to Ben Becker's discussion Annoying Celebrities
"If we don't "give a crap" about the opinions of others, aren't we already hopelessly divided? Why should we expect anyone to "give a crap" about our own opinions? Or do we only not "give a crap" about opinions that we disagree with?

People are all…"
Friday
William Polking replied to Alexis Fisher's discussion Facebook
"Excellent point, Alexis. Memes taking over social media is a relatively recent phenomenon. We will be looking at this phenomenon next week."
Friday
William Polking replied to Ben Becker's discussion "Bohemian Rhapsody"
"If you want the full experience of the song, watch Wayne's World."
Friday
William Polking replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion She Changed Her Profile Picture, Did They Break Up?
"You think this because one of the unwritten rules (at least for your social group) is that if you have a boyfriend, your profile picture should include him. That has become a social norm."
Friday
William Polking replied to Riley Heeren's discussion The Chimes
"How is music, and indeed all of media, also a form of mind control in the real world?"
Mar 20
William Polking replied to Karlee Jones's discussion The Magicians
"How is the magic in The Magicians both "real" and symbol for what Quentin, and perhaps all of us, have lost in our contemporary culture?"
Mar 20
William Polking replied to Robb McKenzie's discussion The Other Slavery
"How was the "other slavery" both similar to and different from the African slave trade in the Americas?"
Mar 18
William Polking replied to Journee Kajewski's discussion The Dry
"Why, both literally and symbolically, might the book be titled The Dry?"
Mar 18
William Polking replied to Jagar Vanderheiden's discussion 1984
"1984 became a bestseller on Amazon after Trump took office. Why might that be?"
Mar 18
William Polking replied to Devan Spencer's discussion Alice & Oliver : Charles Bock
"How is Oliver both similar to and different from the "Nicholas Sparks"-type romantic hero?"
Mar 18
William Polking replied to Kalina Schoenfeld's discussion The Night Circus
"Prospero is the name of the magician in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Do some quick research and explain the connections between Shakespeare's Prospero and the Prospero readers find in Morgenstern's novel."
Mar 18
William Polking replied to Koby Paulsen's discussion "Your Brain on Sports"
"How can having a solid background in the psychology Somer and Wertheim discuss in their book (like, say, Coach McCartan) make a coach more successful?"
Mar 18
William Polking replied to Elijah Dirkx's discussion The Divide
"How do we bridge this divide without abandoning the capitalist principles on which America was founded?"
Mar 18
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