The Media – Gutenberg Sun, 02 Jan 2022 15:11:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Media – Gutenberg 32 32 Michigan players, coaches, media react to Orange Bowl loss Sun, 02 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000

Even though the Orange Bowl didn’t end the way we wanted it to be, it was still a remarkable season for the Michigan Wolverines. From being unranked in the preseason to beating Ohio State and winning the Big Ten Championship, 2021 has been a year to remember for the Maize and Blue.

Since the clock hit zero in the game against Georgia, Michigan players and coaches, as well as the media, have had time to digest what happened to give appropriate reactions. Let’s see some of the best from Michigan’s last game of the season.

Josh Gattis delivers a beautiful message to the Michigan community:

Nikhai Hill-Green thanks the Wolverine devotees:

Some examples of Jim Harbaugh showing a formidable character:

It’s been a tough bowling season for Michigan:

It was a very special team:

What an incredible turnaround:

The future in Ann Arbor is very bright:

Obviously the Orange Bowl was tough, but Harbaugh is right. This is just the start of something special:

London teen homicides hit record high as social media accuses fueling violence Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:04:00 +0000

Mr Mezenner, 17, was stabbed in West Green Road, Islington on January 19, making him the first teenager to be killed in London in 2021.

A student at City and Islington College, he had made an anti-knife crime video just weeks before he was stabbed as part of his media studies class.

His mother described him as a “lovely” and “very academic” boy who “didn’t deserve this at all” and said he wanted to be a pilot, while his 21-year-old brother said he was. “a calm and humble person”.

A 17-year-old was convicted of murder at Old Bailey in August. The accused had dozens of clips on his cell phone of fighting games and posing for photos with large blades.

Two other 17-year-olds were convicted of manslaughter.

Romario Opia

Mr Opia, 15, died on January 25 after being stabbed to death in Archway, a week before his 16th birthday.

More than 100 people attended a vigil in her honor on February 2 at Holland Walk on Elthorne’s Estate from Archway, some wearing t-shirts printed with her photo, while others lit candles, said prayers and pulled out paper lanterns.

Her aunt told the memorial, “Young people, I will say this. Put the [knives] down and reach for the heavens. You are the sons and daughters of tomorrow.

Alan Streeter, Principal of Beacon High School, said of his former student: “While in school he turned out to be a great character and a very popular young man… Our school community, and in especially his friends, try to make sense of this terrible loss.

Hani Solomon

Mr Solomon, 18, was fatally stabbed in the chest on February 11 in Parsons Green.

After paying homage to Hani where he died in Ackmar Road, friends described him as “one in a million” and “one of the nicest boys around”.

Tyrell Logan, 18, a close friend of the victim, said: “He was a friend you could always count on … If you can’t afford something, he’s there for you, if you don’t. can’t do something, he “I’ll do it for you – that’s how he works, that was his moral in life.

Drekwon Patterson

What the education system needs is more efficiency, not budgets Thu, 30 Dec 2021 07:08:32 +0000

Ma’ariv, Israel, December 23

The Israeli education system is going through one of the most difficult times in its history: senior staff turnover, violence in schools and massive resignation of teachers. During the coronavirus period, an important change occurred: not only did we learn how to provide distance education solutions, but we also had the opportunity, for the first time, to re-evaluate how our system works. educational and, therefore, where it fails. There is no doubt that we are entering an alarming crisis. Data shows a growing shortage of teachers across the country, especially in teaching English. Teachers are quitting en masse in search of other jobs, and even no pay rise will keep them. Normally, that’s when the alarm bells go off and serious people with brains in their heads call meetings, assess the situation, and come up with a plan. But not in our country. A director general of the Ministry of Education goes and another leaves. There is no sense of belonging or seriousness. Political appointments take precedence over technical appointments. Before everything collapses and serious anarchy takes hold in our schools, the first thing we need to do is downsize our classrooms. COVID-19 has forced us to organize classes in groups of 12 to 18 students maximum. This should be continued even if the virus goes away. There is much more potential for success – academically, socially and interpersonal – in a small classroom. Intimate learning environments, collaboration, appropriate attention to student needs, and group activities all enhance the learning experience and help improve academic outcomes. The rapid transition to the small classes depends on several public factors. The main public factor is local government. The Ministry of Education cannot solve local problems from its ivory tower. Communities will need to find more classroom space in public buildings, in addition to what is available in school complexes, or move to team learning. In addition, the number of teaching hours should be drastically reduced to four 55-minute lessons per day, five days per week. The sixth day will be devoted to personal learning at home, via Zoom courses. This will help offset the growing shortage of teachers while ensuring that students receive the proper attention they need. We can also recruit help from retirees of the Ministry of Education, instructors of youth movements and national service volunteers. It may come as a shock to many, but what our education system needs is not an increase in the budget, but more efficiency and productivity. Avraham fink (translated by Asaf Zilberfarb)

The best social media memes of 2021 | Digital culture | DW Tue, 28 Dec 2021 10:47:13 +0000

He sat socially in a folding chair with his arms and legs crossed, wearing a practical brown winter coat instead of a suit, as well as his now famous oversized woolen mittens: this photo of Bernie Sanders flew the viral spotlight at President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The internet quickly picked up on the senator’s bored mood.

Twitter user Ashley K. combined a popular meme – “This reunion could have been an email” – with the photo; his tweet got over a million likes.

Next, Inauguration Bernie was photoshopped in every possible situation.

After reporting on the origins of Bernie’s Mittens, their creator, Jen Ellis, a teacher from Vermont, entered into a business partnership soon after the ceremony to meet growing demand for the product. “I couldn’t be more thrilled because I personally can’t make 18,000 pairs of mittens,” Ellis said of the deal, announcing to the media: “Everyone will have their mittens, everyone . “

Sing with the Wellerman

It’s not every day that a man quits his job to become a seafaring singer, but Nathan Evans is living his dream.

The TikTok version of the former postman’s “Wellerman” – with its lyrics echoing the stoic attitude needed to get through this pandemic time – rose to hugely popular early in 2021. It went viral when others saw it. musicians added their own contribution to the original clip.

Even Kermit the Frog joined in the fun:

Once upon a time there was a boat in the Suez Canal

Speaking of seas and travel, another source of memes was the Ever Given, a massive container ship operated by Taiwanese company Evergreen, which blocked the Suez Canal in March of this year, causing massive disruption to the sea. logistics worldwide.

A scene from the movie “Austin Powers” offered a powerful demonstration of the phenomenon:

And the little bulldozer trying to free the huge ship has also become a symbol of our helplessness in the face of the current situation:

Oprah shocked against interested Oprah

Who can forget the revealing interview Prince Harry and his wife Meghan had with Oprah Winfrey, which exposed the ugly side of the royal family?

Among the revelations made by Meghan, the one concerning the concerns of the royal family “about the darkness” of her and Harry’s baby would have Oprah to raise her hands in shock.

This image, combined with another photo of Oprah listening intently during the interview, provided the visuals for a meme commenting on our human contradictions.

Kim Kardashian is breaking the internet again

Any list of memes is incomplete without Kim Kardashian hitting the headlines.

The celebrity, who also owns a fashion label called Skims, showed up at this year’s MET Gala wearing head-to-toe black. And a black mask that covered his face.

Kim Kardashian’s eye-catching outfit at the Met Gala

The look has led social media watchers to compare her to all manner of dark characters including Darth Vader, the Soulless Dementors in “Harry Potter,” an alien from Ridley Scott’s cult film of the same title, or even a panel. women’s toilet.

A photo of Kim next to Kendall Jenner at the same event made her appear as the shadow of her glamorously dressed sister, leading the internet to caption them as two parts of one person.

“For the best, isn’t it?” “

First posted in April 2021 on the @starwarsposting Twitter account, which is dedicated to incorrect quotes from the movie franchise, a combination of screenshots of Anakin and Padme from the 2002 film “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones “has gone viral.

The initial dialogue refers to the fact that Anakin would later become the evil Darth Vader:

Anakin: “I’m going to change the world.”
Padme: “For the best, isn’t it?”
Anakin: (looks silently)
Padme: “For the best, isn’t it?”

The model has inspired countless memes, including this one commenting on health insurance in the United States:

This other, on how a simple task in a Word document can easily ruin all formatting, got over 230,000 likes.

How it started compared to how it goes

Social media users first adopted the ‘How it started vs. How It’s Happening ”last year, often using it to post a positive development about their relationships or personal journey.

But soon enough, others ironically used the meme to express the exhaustion caused by the pandemic.

Through two different film images, one from the 2004 film “Aquatic Life with Steve Zissou” and the other from “The Lighthouse” (2019), iconic actor Willem Dafoe perfectly expresses just how much we have aged in less than a year from the pandemic:

Here’s a more recent twist, starring actor Rosamund Pike in the new “Wheel of Time” series.

The world is still struggling with frustrating restrictions due to the omicron variant, which inspired this take on the meme, from South Korea’s hit Netflix series, “Squid Game.”

Angela Merkel visits a bird park

But despite COVID, we can still try to end the year – and this list – on a more colorful note, like former Chancellor Angela Merkel.

One of his last public outings, to a bird park, led to some of his chancellery’s most iconic photos.

For one Twitter user, the pictures of her covered in parrots epitomized the contrast between Instagram and Twitter:

Edited by: Elizabeth Grenier

The media love bad news; you don’t have to Sun, 26 Dec 2021 18:00:07 +0000

Blame the Watergate.

The final weeks of 2021 saw a wave of comments accusing the mainstream media of accentuating the Biden administration’s faux pas, while ignoring significant accomplishments.

But this is nothing new. It’s a hardened habit among the Washington press that dates back nearly half a century, with the notorious scandal that brought down Richard Nixon.

Few commentators recognize this. Instead, seasoned journalists and analysts today accuse readers and viewers of focusing on sadness and unhappiness – evidence of what is called “bad news bias.” In order to attract an audience, the media has to give people what they want – and what people want is bad news.

This dark inclination does exist. The need to look for bad news is ingrained in our DNA; we use negative information to protect us from life hazards. When natural disasters strike, reporters cover them nonstop – and, yes, clicks and ratings increase without stopping, too. Floods, fires and tornadoes put our brains on high alert. The video of a destructive sequel even prompts us to find ways to help, with the feeling that each of us could be a victim next time around.

Politics is not like that. The “bad news bias” doesn’t really apply here like it does with natural disasters. Few people have read the umpteenth story about Biden’s struggles to bring together various factions of his party and think, “There, but for the grace of God I am going.” Rather, Beltway’s pessimistic reporting appeals to something more superficial in human nature: cynicism.

Watergate didn’t create media cynicism, but it certainly helped it. In the years since Nixon’s resignation, Washington correspondents closely watched anything that looked like a successful sequel to Carl BernsteinCarl Bernstein Can the media regain credibility under Biden? The Hill 12:30 pm Report: A Busy Week Ahead in DC Carl Bernstein Calls Trump’s Georgia Call “Much Worse Than Watergate” MORE‘s and Bob Woodward’s investigation. Some of what they discovered was important and useful, including the FBI’s Operation Abscam in the late 1970s and the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s.

But too many minor events have been covered in the media by adding a trendy “-gate” suffix. Few people remember – and little notes of history – the alleged misconduct behind Billygate, Debategate, Filegate, Nannygate, Travelgate and Troopergate. (Actually three different Troopergates.)

Despite this, the journalistic mindset that emphasizes the scandal now permeates all reporting from Washington. Healthy skepticism towards those in power no longer seems sufficient; cynicism lives in its place. Journalists who want to appear smart and worldly must also appear jaded and sardonic. Few are criticized for being too pessimistic.

Instead, the worst sin is appearing to back a politician or administration by reporting the good points. These correspondents are quickly dismissed as being “in the tank” – brainwashed by the imaging specialists at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

There is a cumulative effect to all of this. Most Americans don’t pay close attention to every twist in Congress or the White House; most voters’ eyes are clouded when someone tries to put a “-gate” suffix on a Washington bruhaha. But, over time, they feel a loss of confidence in the government, of faith in basic institutions. Year after year, polls show that we care less and less about the institutions that move the country forward.

None of this is to say that journalists should somehow ignore government failures, mistakes or corruption. It’s more about what Washington correspondents, producers, and publishers see as important everyday news: what happens on the front page; what story makes it the first segment of a show? Where is the balance?

An example: in the middle of all the cover on President BidenShow preview Joe BidenSunday: Omicron soars and Harris sits down for in-depth interview Democrats like what they saw in Harris-Charlamagne God trades Biden policies are not very merry MOREstruggles with Congress or COVID last week, there was also news that the Senate had confirmed on the 40e Biden running for the federal bench. This equaled a record set by Ronald Reagan decades ago. The recent changes to the Supreme Court have made it very clear how important judicial appointments are. But news of that achievement appeared in the print edition of a national newspaper on page 22, below the waterline.

The story was easy to miss. It shouldn’t have been.

But to change that brand of news judgment, political journalists need to change their perspective on what really matters to their audiences – and the country as a whole. After half a century, it will take time.

But it would help viewers, readers, and voters if the media recognized that sometimes, even in Washington, good news is real news too.

Joe Ferullo is an award-winning media executive, producer and reporter, and former executive vice president of programming for CBS Television Distribution. He was news director for NBC, writer-producer for “Dateline NBC” and worked for ABC News. Follow him on twitter @ ironworker1.

Kyle Rittenhouse warns ‘media accountability is coming soon’ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 12:22:47 +0000

EXCLUSIVE: PHOENIX, Arizona – The media could face dire consequences for the way they covered Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, the 18-year-old said on Monday.

“There’s going to be some media accountability going forward,” Rittenhouse told Fox News in an interview.

Dr. John Black testifies before Kyle Rittenhouse during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
(Mark Hertzberg / Pool photo via AP)

Fox News had asked him if he thought a trend was developing in which the media was starting to face the consequences of their coverage of people like him and Nick Sandmann. Sandmann recently struck a deal with a major network for his coverage of his viral showdown with protester Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial in 2019.

“Good for him,” Rittenhouse said when asked about the settlement.

Rittenhouse’s comments came right after he received cheers and applause at the AmericaFest conference in Phoenix, Arizona. He hasn’t announced any lawsuits against heavyweights like CNN, which also struck a deal with Sandmann.


Rittenhouse’s case has become a hotspot in the debate over racial tensions, policing and how the media covers these issues.

Kyle Rittenhouse's mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, reacts to the verdict during her son's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States on November 19, 2021.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, reacts to the verdict during her son’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States on November 19, 2021.
(Sean Krajacic / Pool via REUTERS)

Last month, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of all counts, although some charged him with murder or engaging in some form of terrorism. Rittenhouse claimed he was engaged in an act of self-defense when he shot and killed several people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.

Fox News asked Rittenhouse what he would say to people who feel the need to defend themselves or seek to protect their community from riots.

He said he would do things differently if there was another riot or protest like the one last summer.


Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom to hear the verdicts of his trial before being found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Sean Krajacic / Pool / Getty Images)

Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom to hear the verdicts of his trial before being found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Sean Krajacic / Pool / Getty Images)

“[With] what I went through and what I had to endure – facing life in prison – I wouldn’t say it was worth it, “he said, adding:” the hindsight being 20 / 20.

Rittenhouse has previously said going to Kenosha was “not the best idea.”

But he noted, “Sure, defend yourself.”


Rittenhouse also defended himself amid backlash at Arizona State University (ASU), where students asked the administration to “remove” him from school.

“I deserve an education like everyone else, and look forward to attending this spring,” he said.

]]> Kris Jenner is a master media manipulator! Sun, 19 Dec 2021 23:50:00 +0000

Kris jenner is the QUEEN of capturing the attention of the media.

Since “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” aired in 2007, viewers have repeatedly seen Kris’ puppetry skills put to the test.

It seems like every time their old show’s views were down, something from INSANE would happen to the famous family.

Whenever there was a new business that one of her daughters would start, or a scandal needed to be brushed aside, Kris was there to make her magic work.


Given that their new Hulu show, which has yet to be named, is coming to a TV near you soon in the New Year, let’s take a look at some of Kris’s best media manipulations.

A LOT has happened in the lives of the Kardashians-Jenner lately.

Kourtney kardashian got engaged, Kim goes to the end of her divorce with Kanye west and meetings Pierre Davidson, Kylie jenner is about to give birth for the second time, Travis Scottis being sued for billions, and Khloé deals more Tristan thompson drama.

I mean, HOW MUCH practically all of this is going on right before their new show airs.

Kris knows how to play the media in her favor!


And HOW handy is it that cameras were spotted in social media posts, at least for Kourtney’s engagement.

We neither confirm nor deny that these recent events will be documented in the new show, but one cannot help but assume that these hot topics will be captured.

It would make great TV, and the Kar-Jenner Women are due to premiere on Hulu with a BANG!

Since we’re not sure exactly what will be documented, let’s take a look at what has been documented and when it all started in Keeping Up With The Kardashians in 2007.

Maybe this is the year when Britney spears shaved his head, but this is also the year that Kim Kardashian’s infamous 2003 sex tape with Ray J was “accidentally” leaked.

Kris Jenner turns cameras when drama happens

Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner on the red carpet

What a solid talking point for the first season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” which premiered on October 14, 2007.

Around the time the show aired, Kim’s celebrity status skyrocketed as she would continue to deal with the leaked sex tape on talk shows, radio shows, and interviews for women. years to come. This immediately made viewers hope that she would talk more about it on the TV show.

Kim would steal the show for a good seven years, before Kar-Jenner’s youngest child took center stage.

How could anyone forget that the reality TV talk was “Did Kylie get lip injections or not?” “


Rumors that Kylie got hold of lip fillers when she was 15 began to devour the headlines as fans shared photos side-by-side and chose her new image.

In a now deleted tweet from April 2015, Kylie denied getting any lip fillers, which obviously made the internet even more convinced that she got them.

She wrote: “These plastic surgery rumors hurt me to be honest and are a little insulting. Just in case anyone forgot … I’m 16 years old.

The truth emerged later in 2015, just after Ky turned 17, when she finally confessed to having “temporary lip fillers” as a way to hide a great insecurity of hers during the confessional ” Keeping Up With The Kardashians ”.

Kylie’s lip injection confession led to billion dollar business

Kylie’s lips were touched on later in Season 10, and not only was it a perfectly executed PR move to help promote the show, but it also started the multi-billion makeup business. of Kylie’s dollars.

Views for this season soared to 2.09 million viewers.

However, subsequent seasons of “KUWTK” continued to decline in viewership, but in 2017 Kris was able to make the unthinkable happen.

Not one, not two, but three of his daughters were expecting babies.

Kim was expecting her daughter Chicago through a surrogate, Kylie was (secretly) expecting her first child, Stormi Webster, and Khloe announced that she was also expecting her first child, True Thompson.

The family reportedly “broke the news of Khloe and Kylie’s pregnancies just TWO DAYS before the family’s 10th birthday special and two WEEKS before Kim announced that she had hired a surrogate to have their third child.”

TMZ posted an article on September 22sd on Kylie’s pregnancy, and September 26e the media published the news of Khloe’s pregnancy. It’s FOUR days apart and four days before the Season 14 premiere.


Only a genius media manipulator could do this without getting caught.

I’m just saying.

Of course, there are many more events, scandals and incidents involving the famous family where the timing was just too perfect.

It makes you think about how authentic and real everything is in the Kar-Jenner family.

O’Malley tells EWTN, social media gives a distorted picture of US support for the Pope Sat, 18 Dec 2021 07:23:55 +0000

ROME – In a new interview, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston spoke out against US criticism of Pope Francis linked to the EWTN television channel, insisting that despite this opposition, the Pope enjoys a broad support for the United States.

A key papal adviser, O’Malley spoke with veteran journalist Elisabetta Pique in an interview published in an Argentinian newspaper. the Nacion Friday.

Referring to strong criticism and even opposition from Francis coming from some camps in the United States, O’Malley said that among the laity, “There is a lot of support for the Holy Father, even among non-Americans. Catholics, who see this pontificating with enthusiasm.

When asked if the problem was with the bishops, O’Malley replied, “Not all bishops… some.

He said the American bishops’ conference is “polarized,” but it’s hard to give a percentage on the number of opponents of Francis in the conference.

“There are also bishops who are linked to a more conservative policy, and the Holy Father himself has commented on the situation of EWTN television (a large American Catholic network), where several times the commentators are very critical of the Holy Father, at least of his ideas, ”said O’Malley.

His remark referred to comments Pope Francis made in a conversation with other Jesuits during his visit to Slovakia in September, where he spoke of his criticisms and specifically highlighted “a major Catholic television station which don’t hesitate to speak ill of the Pope. ” The networks and media that attack the Pope, he said, are doing “the work of the devil.”

At the time, Francis, who was still recovering from colon surgery this summer, also said there were people who “wanted me to die” after the operation, and were already preparing for a conclave.

RELATED: Media Criticism of Pope Is Doing ‘The Devil’s Work’, Francis Says

Although he did not specifically mention EWTN, the Pope’s comments were widely seen as an attack on the network, which regularly features content and commentary critical of Pope Francis, and which has been criticized for to have engaged in a partisan political program.

EWTN President and CEO Michael Warsaw is a consultant to the Vatican Communications Department, and Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the US Bishops’ Conferences, is a member of the EWTN Board of Directors.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, envoy from the Vatican to the United States, told British Vatican journalist Christopher Lamb in an interview published in 2020 as part of Lamb’s book The Outsider: Pope Francis and His Battle to Reform the Church, that he had previously expressed his concern in Warsaw about EWTN’s coverage of Pope Francis.

O’Malley – who is a member of the Pope’s council of cardinals advising him on matters of governance and Church reform, is president of the Papal Foundation and president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) – a Another said The problem for the American Church is the number of “young conservative clergy” who develop distorted views of Pope Francis due to the influence of social media.

Yet despite the criticism Francis faced, O’Malley said he believed “the vast majority of Catholics are very supportive of it.”

Speaking about the Pope’s health, O’Malley described Francis, who turned 85 on December 17, “full of life and enthusiasm” and “very well after his operation” over the summer, in which about 13 inches of his lower intestine was eliminated.

O’Malley, who was in Rome recently for a December 12-14 meeting with the PCPM and a separate December 13-15 Council of Cardinals meeting, said that despite having just made a trip of 5 days in Cyprus and Greece, Pope Francis was “very strong and energetic”.

“I know there are rumors that his health is very delicate, but it is very exaggerated,” he said. “I see that the Holy Father is in good health and with great enthusiasm, a great desire to continue his ministry.”

Referring to the pope’s remarks to Slovak Jesuits about prelates hoping for a conclave, O’Malley said given Francis’ age such a speech is “inevitable”.

“There are some people who would like to see a new pontificate, although the great majority of Catholics love the Holy Father very much, and I, as a cardinal, do not want to participate in another conclave”, he said. he declares.

O’Malley expressed his belief that Francis’ work “is still unfinished, he has a mission and I hope he can continue for several more years to complete his term.”

He also spoke of the Church’s struggle against the clergy sexual abuse crisis, saying he believed “we have made giant strides since Francis arrived.”

“This does not mean that there is not a long way to go, but at least for the moment it is a subject of great importance in the Church and in all countries”, he said. he said, and stressed the importance of the Church’s commitment to “transparency and zero tolerance.”

“There is nothing more important in the Church right now,” he said, “because if we don’t solve the problem of sexual abuse and the protection of minors, how are we going to do it? evangelization? People will not trust us.

O’Malley also spoke of the Council of Cardinals, made up of prelates from different countries and continents of the world, saying he believes the advisory body has succeeded “in having direct communication with pastors from different parts of the world, without filters, in an atmosphere of great confidence.

“In this sense, we have contributed a lot to the Holy Father”, he declared, expressing his conviction that the meetings will continue and that this type of consultative process is “part of the notion of synodality of Pope Francis”.

He also spoke about the Three-Step Synod of Bishops on the ongoing Synodality and touched on the issue of corruption and Vatican finances.

Follow Elise Ann Allen on Twitter: @eliseannallen

Social media threats targeting Henrico schools require additional security measures Thu, 16 Dec 2021 14:20:44 +0000

(Analise Beres for the Henrico Citizen)

Several unreliable social media threats targeting schools in Virginia have surfaced in the past two weeks, following the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan that left four people dead.

Last week, a social media post encouraging students to participate in a campus disruption prompted the principal of Wilder High School in Henrico to take extra precautions. Teachers and staff were tasked with monitoring transitions, structuring bathroom breaks, and escorting students through lunch.

“My administrators and advisers are doing their best to investigate any possible threat to the safety and well-being of the students,” principal Erica Broudy wrote in an email to the families. “Parents, we need your help. Please speak with your child (ren) and share your expectations for their behavior. Your child deserves a quality education, and our teachers want to provide a safe and secure environment for them.

The previous week, rumors of violence at Tucker High School had spread on social media. Additional police officers monitored the school “out of caution,” according to an email from director Art Raymond.

“Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for school divisions to see social media posts or rumors of violence in schools following a tragedy such as the Detroit school shooting,” said Henrico County Public Schools spokesperson Eileen Cox. “The HCPS has a strong partnership with the Henrico Police, and we all take any mention of violence in our schools very seriously. With the support of our school administrators, the police usually get to the source of the message or rumor very quickly. ”

The recent non-credible threats involving schools in Henrico as well as other divisions across the Commonwealth began to appear days after the Oxford High School shooting.

“There is a contagion effect that we are experiencing in terms of suicides, shootings, bad things that happen and people copy what they see,” said Jeff Temple, a professor and psychologist in the medical branch of the University of Texas who studies adolescent violence. “Coupled with the real adolescent mental health crisis caused by COVID and everything in between, we are seeing more and more of it. ”

Two unrelated social media threats involving Varina High School and Highland Springs High School happened in September.

The student who posted a gun photo mentioning Varina High was treated by law enforcement and ultimately received a diversion, which was successful, according to police. The threat was deemed not credible as the minor had no known weapon to carry out the threat, police said at the time.

Following the threat from Highland Springs High, Alicia Atkins, a member of the Henrico School Board, suggested form a committee to help assess the impact of social media on children’s health. No such committee has been formed yet, according to school board president Roscoe Cooper III, but “discussions are currently underway on integrating … social media awareness policies,” he said. he declares.

Before 13-year-old Lucia Bremer was shot on March 26, the suspect posted a video on social media depicting a school shooting accompanied by a caption about the commission of a school shooting, according to the Henrico Commonwealth lawyer Shannon Taylor. Law enforcement officials did not know about the post until after Bremer was killed, according to Taylor.

Anyone who communicates a threat in writing, including on social media, to kill or injure someone on the grounds of K-12 school can be charged with a Class 6 felony, according to Virginia. law.

“Even when a person posts on social media as a joke, the consequences are serious,” Cox said. “The result is more often than not criminal charges and discipline at school. “

The HCPS Code of Conduct for Students includes a range of consequences for threats of violence up to a recommendation of expulsion.

“Children are especially anxious, they’re anxious, they’re depressed, and that’s going to increase the likelihood of misbehaving,” Temple said. “On top of that, we have a shortage of teachers and school counselors, who are not only short-staffed, but they are tired and fatigued, and there just isn’t enough time in the day to go. meet all those kids.

“You are going to have more children who fall through the cracks, and they will be the ones who make these threats.”

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Anna Bryson is the educational reporter for Henrico Citizen and a member of the Report for America corps. Make a tax deductible donation to support his work, and RFA will match him dollar for dollar.

Netanyahu attacks social media censorship bill Tue, 14 Dec 2021 22:14:13 +0000

Israel’s parliament approved a bill that would allow authorities to remove certain posts supporting illegal social media activity during a preliminary reading on December 8. During the heated debate in the Knesset, Opposition Speaker Benjamin Netanyahu knocked on the table and hissed: “I want to tell you how absurd and dangerous this is. Have you forgotten that we are a democracy? It is terribly dangerous.

“It is a law to silence those of us right-wingers,” religious Zionist President Bezalel Smotrich added. “First you took control of most of Israel’s institutionalized media, now you want to become the censors of social media – which is the only place the right, the state’s Zionist national camp, can stand. express freely – now you want to stifle that too much.… You will call anything we say incitement or violence.

Knesset member Meir Yitzhak Halevi, who introduced the bill, is leading the lobby for the eradication of violence in social media. He is also a member of the New Hope Party, created by Justice Minister Gideon Saar, who is one of Netanyahu’s bitter enemies. This fact, of course, added to the feeling of persecution of the former prime minister and the entire right-wing camp.

The legislation, dubbed “the Facebook Law,” is a new version of a bill Netanyahu blocked in 2018 when he was prime minister. Two of his ministers at the time submitted it: then justice minister Ayelet Shaked and then public security minister Gilad Erdan. Netanyahu argued that the bill interfered with free speech and was able to block it due to his control of the political system.

Now, more than three years later, a weakened opposition Netanyahu is forced to renew his war on the law.

Under the proposal, a judge could order a website to remove specific content from the Internet in the following circumstances: if the judge is convinced that a criminal offense has been committed through the posting of the content; or if the judge finds that the publication almost certainly endangers a person’s mental health.

The bill is controversial because of its vague wording. In addition, it gives absolute power to judges to determine what “freedom of expression” is.

According to the explanation of the bill: “There are those who take advantage of the Internet to commit crimes, such as: advertising involving incitement to violence and sexual crimes; advertising involving unjustified invasion of a person’s privacy; advertising that violates or embarrasses a person’s dignity… Efforts to eradicate this kind of phenomenon cross all borders, requiring cooperation between governments which have different legal approaches and methods. The State of Israel has also had to deal with this phenomenon recently, necessitating an expansion of the legal tools to deal with it.

Netanyahu has created a multimedia empire in recent years. He has active accounts with millions of followers on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, and TikTok. It is not only a matter of communication, but also part of his campaign of several years. Netanyahu claims the mainstream media are against him, but he maintains a direct, daily dialogue with his supporters via social media.

Therefore, immediately after the bill was passed, Netanyahu launched an aggressive social media campaign. In addition to short Hebrew videos, he has also broadcast some in English in which he warns of blows to Israeli democracy. Millions of followers, inside and outside of Israel, are exposed to it.

In a video clip of his Knesset speech, Netanyahu is heard saying, “Social networks are the only space left, where the right still enjoys freedom of expression against the media, which are at the service of the left. But just as we don’t send judges to eavesdrop on every conversation between two people, we also don’t need to send a judge to censor social media. Because to strike a blow to the freedom of expression on the social networks is a mortal blow for the democracy.

In another Twitter post, Netanyahu said in English: “The current government has done something amazing today. They passed first reading of a bill in the Knesset that would censor the internet and private citizens. I’m not sure there is another democratic government in the world that does something so undemocratic… The Bennett-Lapid government is seeks to censor social networks, which are today the public square, the only place where the right still has freedom of expression.

“Netanyahu has absolute control over social media, and this bill could hurt his marketing strategy,” digital strategist Itay Tsamir told Al-Monitor. “When its space for action is reduced, its ability to maximize its media power is reduced. That is why he is shouting against the bill, including in English.

Netanyahu has a large English-speaking audience, Tsamir said, “but he doesn’t have many opportunities to present himself as a Democrat and a knight of free speech. In this case, he identified an opening. – an opportunity to defend this cause and generate positive interaction with the English-speaking world.

According to Tsamir, “As far as Netanyahu is concerned, these messages are also directed at people controlling social media. It’s super strategic of her to have a good relationship with them. We all saw what happened to [former President Donald] Trump who argued with them and what happened to [President Joe] Biden who took their side. I think Netanyahu understands this on a deep level. “

For this bill to pass, it must be approved at a second and third hearing in the Knesset. We are not there yet. Yet, if approved, it would make Israel one of the first democracies to instill such aggressive surveillance over network activity.