Author Archives: Mariam S.

A is for Aids Education

Clearly the word is out about the efficacy of television as a teaching tool, and how entertainment programming can serve in health education and development. The countries with the largest population affected by HIV/AIDS are South Africa, Nigeria, and India (in … Continue reading

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Jihadist Letterhead

My eyes were opened a little wider this week, on the effect of media framing. Reporting on Al Qaeda frequently portrays training camp compounds in remote valleys and conjures images of no-man’s lands in mountainous areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen, where militant Islamists are thought to be hiding in … Continue reading

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How Obama Rolls: Jet-setting and Other Rumors, er “News”

What is the cost of diplomacy? Allegedly, it’s about $200 million dollar per day. This week, a wave of anger enveloped the country after it was reported by an Indian outlet quoting an anonymous source, that this would be the … Continue reading

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Mom, I’m joining the “Network Army”

This week after our discussion of technology, power and activism as it pertains to networks and politics, I naturally turned an eye on myself to examine if and how ICTs have affected my engagement in political or social causes.  I … Continue reading

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Texting for Haiti

“There is nothing, nothing at all, no aid… It’s an abomination, all the world can see what is happening but we have no help.” This quote from Henry Narces, 44, appeared in an article published in the NY Daily News, … Continue reading

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The Power of Invisible Scripts

    An old acquaintance of mine, Ramit Sethi, who also happens to be a successful financial blogger, New York Times bestselling author, and Stanford graduate with a  background in psychology (cue: namedrop + shameless plug) recently wrote a post entitled … Continue reading

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Dora the Conquistadora?

In his chapter The Media System Goes Global, Robert McChesney stresses that hypercommercialism is a defining characteristic of the global media system as we know it. One goal of dominant corporations, like the “Holy Trinity” of News Corp., Time Warner, … Continue reading

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