Every morning I️ start my day with a strong cup of coffee, a piece of peanut butter toast and the morning news.
I️ noticed that I️ kept saving story names and URLs in my phone to reference “one day” or maybe share later on social, but never really did. And then I️ thought, ‘why not make a running blog post for them?’
So, without further ado, here are some (mostly news, but some podcast or documentary or YouTube) segments that I️ have found inspirational, informative, funny or, in some other way, worth sharing.
- I just had to link this in case anyone else has a gap year or backpack trip coming up. It’s just a really clear and concise blog that highlights the most important information in a digestible way. It also echoes advice I have been hearing from Aussies I’ve connected with these last couple of months. Needless to say, I will be spending many more hours here.
- “Alternative Facts”: Special Edition of Meet the Press
- What are alternative facts? How are they created? What do they mean for our government? Our society? This discussion with top journalists highlights the weaponization, tactics, and strategies of disinformation campaigns that target you not only algorithmically, but emotionally.
- Net Neutrality II: Last Week Tonight
- My Media Law professor at UNC shared this with the class during our discussion of net neutrality. It’s a sort of “net neutrality for dummies” with a side of humor. It includes important commentary on current political decisions being made and then disguised as something they’re not.
Unnatural Selection | Netflix Series
- “From eradicating disease to selecting a child’s traits, gene editing gives humans the chance to hack biology. Meet the real people behind the science.” My boyfriend and I️ just started this series and are both fascinated and terrified. A man is working out of his basement to try to genetically modify his dog to glow… However, there is also a little boy who dreams of going to the moon but can’t because he is almost completely blind due to a genetic defect. This series makes you think about real ethical questions around technology like CRISPR that are not far off, but already here.
- Unsung Hero | Thai Life Insurance 2014
- I️ love this commercial not only from a human perspective but from an Ad/PR perspective. Brilliant work that shows the value in emotional appeals. A lovely piece of storytelling with a beautiful message.
- Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
- I️ CAN’T recommend this doc enough. So well said and explained. Minimalism means different things to different people. I️ guarantee you that by the end of this documentary you will think differently about the things you own, why you own them and what should really hold attention, resources, and value in your life.
- Why No One is “Self-Made”|THINK AGAIN.
- This NBC segment questions what it really means to be “self-made” as well as analyzes the pros and cons of the modern “American dream”.
- Looks Aren’t Everything, Believe Me I’m a Model
- This one I️ actually saw in my public speaking seminar. We were discussing the use of ethos in the claim, “believe me I’m a model”. However, I️ share it with you here because of its important critique of privilege and message to young girls that they can be so much more.
- The Great Hack
- Ummm, if you haven’t seen this already stop what you’re doing right away and turn it on. This documentary asks important questions about the ethics of big data and the threat it presents to our democratic freedoms.