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Category Archives: Media & Culture

We can’t know our future, but we can be better prepared to defend our democracy

Excerpt: Progressives can no longer rely on old political, societal, or governmental norms, resulting shame for violating said norms, or a judiciary that has become too far removed from the realities of how racism, classism and misogyny exist in our time, to restrain an opposition willing to cast aside all norms and legal precedents as is necessary to achieve and permanently retain power.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Other Categories:Elections
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Media coverage of BlackBerry’s end of support for legacy mobile services high on nostalgia, but low on accuracy and precision

Excerpt: Rather than gathering facts and then reporting the more complex details of this event, a whole bunch of stories appear to have been written on the basis of a press release and a company end of life document. A simplistic narrative has once again prevailed over the more complicated reality.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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The two faces of Sean Hannity: Fox host privately advised Trump to go back to Florida while publicly attacking our democracy

Excerpt: Unbelievable as it may seem, Hannity briefly offered Trump sensible advice in closing days of his scandal-ridden presidency, according to a treasure trove of emails obtained by the House Selection Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense
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Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

Excerpt: "Blue States, You're the Problem" certainly has excellent production values and slick visuals. The discussion, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired. The opinion video by the New York Times' Johnny Harris and Binyamin Appelbaum could have been so much better... deeper, richer, and more informative.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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Book Review: Not-so-hidden racism and profit define the sickness of “American Healthcare”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You and Makes Others Insanely Rich, by Thom Hartmann.
Written by:David A Johnson
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Views & Reviews
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Practicing civil discourse in polarized times isn’t easy, but it can bring people together

Excerpt: In this guest post, author Erin Jones explained what prompted her to write her recently published book Bridges to Heal US, which lays out ideas that people can use to establish a dialogue with fellow Americans who don't share their politics.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Guest Posts
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Read the guest essay defending City Attorney Pete Holmes that The Seattle Times refused to publish before the August Top Two election

Excerpt: With self-absorption and self-praise, The Seattle Times has made a big deal of its dogged pursuit of public records and commitment to open government. The newspaper should display an equal commitment to public comment.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government
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Book Review: “We See It All” is a good study of current local police capabilities

Excerpt: Read David A. Johnson's review of Economist journalist Jon Fasman's new book exploring elements of technology and practices in modern policing in the United States.
Written by:David A Johnson
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Book Review: John Boehner laments his party’s mutation into a cult in new memoir

Excerpt: Read Joel Connelly's review of ex-Speaker John Boehner's memoir of his time in U.S. politics. Boehner resigned from the House in October of 2015, five years after assuming power.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Book Review: In the U.S., the desire to “Break It Up” is more American than America itself

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Break It Up by Richard Kreitner (Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America's Imperfect Union).
Written by:David A Johnson
Other Categories:Views & Reviews
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The airbrushing of the late Rush Limbaugh: A mocking, racist demagogue is depicted as shy, private, and “enormously generous”

Excerpt: For decades, Rush Limbaugh heaped abuse on people as a syndicated practitioner of hate speech. Now he's gone. His contemporaries in right wing media are now trying to memorialize a Rush who never existed.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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WaPo’s Marty Baron retires: An appreciation for one who confronted power with truth

Excerpt: The Marty Barons of this world are essential to an informed citizenry. As the Washington Post put it in a motto adopted under Baron: Democracy dies in darkness.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances
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Congratulations, KNHC! Seattle’s student-run C89.5 is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary

Excerpt: Read NPI's tribute to the world's longest-running dance music station, based in Seattle at Nathan Hale High School.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Media & Culture
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Book Review: When “A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear”, nobody wins (except the reader)

Excerpt: Read NPIs review of Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling's book about the New Hampshire town that libertarians tried to turn into a utopia.
Written by:David A Johnson
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