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Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?
The people we've elected to shape our countries policies, domestic and foreign. Politicians' opinions and debates over how the nation should be run ought to be given more coverage rather than the details of their private lives, which ultimately is just sensational gossip and not news; it's cruel in its exploitation of people just to get good ratings. I want to know what's going on in congress, what bills are being contemplated (and the miscellaneous earmarks included in them), who thinks what, exactly, not just rumors and hearsay.

Also, the opinions of minorities, and well, everyone, should be heard and reported. One of the goals of journalism is to give a voice to the voiceless. That doesn't mean endorsing their opinions, just expressing them and bringing them to the attention of the public and the policy-makers. Celebrity scandals are not news; coverage of them has absolutely no benefit whatsoever as the lives of celebrities have no effect on anyone's lives but their own... and occasionally others when they end up driving drunk.
What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?
Well, like I said above, what's actually going on in society, and the decisions and policies that are actually being made--on whether we enter into war, on globalization, on what's actually happening in the environment, on free and fair trade practices, on whether gay marriage or abortion will be banned, on whether prayer in schools or school vouchers will be allowed, on sanctions against crime, on the status of our civil rights and our right to privacy--the general issues that affect our day-to-day lives. I don't know, maybe I'm not looking in all the right places, but I have a hard time figuring out what's really happening in the world.

As the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation states in its description of journalistic standards, "it is important to examine and keep before the public those positive aspects of our society as well as those which are being called into question, and those trends or events which are important but that may not be spectacular." American media is constantly reporting and sensationalizing crime to the point that it's not an accurate representation of reality. Over the past several years crime rates have actually gone down (at least by the statistics we were given in my social deviance class), but media coverage of them has increased 600%, a statistic given in Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. Not only are these reports completely unrepresentative, but they're harmful to society; they only exacerbate problems by teaching our youth that committing crimes will get them on national television; murder will put them on the front page of newspapers. The incessant coverage of the events in Colorado only gave those sociopaths what they wanted--attention. And not only that, it sparked a whole wave of copycats increasing the incidence of school shootings.

We should be informed of the true rates and statistics of crime, and how much we really should be fearful of being assaulted walking to our cars at night, or what the actual likelihood is of certain vaccines causing Autism rather than just reporting unverified claims. We should be told what exactly is going on oversees and what exactly is going on, and why, for our men and women risking their lives for our country. We should know about important development in research for cures to deadly diseases, to advancements in human knowledge and justice. We should be informed about situations in other countries, not just our own; who's being elected where, the movements and laws that are being implemented all over the world; how development is going in developing countries. We should by trying to be not only citizens of our country, but citizens of the world. We should be enlightened of the truth, the facts, the statistics, not just what's most entertaining.
Who is today's most absurd role model?
Celebrities. But I'm generally not a big fan of the idea of role models to begin with; I prefer having simple respect for others, rather than trying to emulate their behavior.
What cause do you believe in enough to take action?
Justice! Equality! Freedom! Animal rights (this includes humans since humans are animals)! Civil rights for all ethnicities, genders, sexual preferences, economic positions, religious views, etc.! The right to be listened to by the people we elected to listen to us! The right to free access of information, knowledge, and education, as well as health care and coverage of basic needs--the right to actually survive, and not die because dying is bad! Fighting against not only domestic abuse but all abuse in general, such as school bullying, parental neglect, and child exploitation. Fighting against not only violence and visible abuse, but also emotional abuse because that can be just as painful as physical violence. Awareness of physical and psychological handicaps. Respect for our environment since we are a part of it! Updating our outdated constitution (mainly the electoral college, which is inherently undemocratic)! And... some other stuff!
For what causes have you taken action in the past?
Peace, responsibility, and respect in our relations with the rest of the world; equality and civil rights; animal rights; awareness of the fact that we do not own the environment.
What is the best book you've read about bettering the world?
Oy, I don't know. I can't think of any individual books. But in general, I think utopias and dystopias and also satires are very effective ways of drawing attention to the issues and problems of society.

I also think text books and other books intended to teach and educate are... well... good. I forgot where I read or heard this, but I really agree with it: "with knowledge comes hope."
What is a socially-conscious website that everyone should know about?
This one seems pretty good. I don't know, this is really my first experience with socially-conscious websites.
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