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The lesson of Rolling Stone and UVA: protecting victims means checking their stories

It is a depressing certainty that this story will be used for years to come as a defense by those who do not want to believe rape victims’ allegations. But that is the wrong lesson to draw. Rather, this story should be a reminder of how difficult it is to accurately report on traumatic events — and the heightened ethical responsibilities that fall on journalists who do so. –Amanda Traub,…

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‘Peter Pan Live’ Was Never Intended to Be Enjoyed

I didn’t watch the show (our cable-less TV doesn’t get that channel), but I found his to be a fascinating take on what was wrong with both the concept and the execution of this show. All this forces the question of who the intended audience was for NBC’s production of Peter Pan Live, a three-hour performance taped on a soundstage somewhere, without an audience, and with all of the limitations…

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Babylon 5 redefined TV science fiction, so why isn’t it better known?

The article doesn’t actually answer the question about this TV show, which ended in 1998. It was the last series I ever made time in my schedule to watch. Unlike Star Trek, which I watched so many times as a kid that I have whole episodes memorized, I’ve seen very little Babylon 5 in 15 or 20 years. But to reward myself after finishing a set of papers, I poked…

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On UVa rape story: Rolling Stone editors “regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account.”

Rolling Stone, how about you apologize by disclosing the money you made by sensationalizing the under-researched UVa fraternity rape story, and donating it all to a women’s shelter and a journalism scholarship? To Our Readers: Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house; the university’s failure…

My daughter Carolyn appears as Young Estella in PICT Classic Theatre's Great Expectations, which Next Pittsburgh chose as the first of
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Top 8 events not to miss in December

My daughter Carolyn appears as Young Estella in PICT Classic Theatre’s Great Expectations, the first of NEXT Pittsburgh’s “Top 8 events not to miss in December” 1. PICT Classic Theatre’s Great Expectations: December 3 – 20, Stephen Foster Memorial Kick off the holidays with a timeless moral tale that begins on Christmas morning. Follow along with young Pip in this classic coming-of-age adventure story, as the kindhearted orphan unexpectedly receives a…

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Typeset In The Future

While watching classic science fiction films like Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey, do you find yourself distracted from the plot because you spend so much time studying the typography of the computer displays, the signs in public areas, and whether Ripley’s name really appears in Pump Demi in a nameplate in the main cabin of the Nostromo? No? Well, truth be told, me neither, but fortunately Dave Addey has…

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Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds

I wonder what additional measurable benefits come from *performing* in live theater? Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published this week by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform…. “What we determined from this research is that seeing live theater produced positive effects that reading a play or watching a movie of the play does not…