In the 1987 film, Broadcast News, Tom Grunich, the news anchor played by William Hurt, conducted an interview with a woman describing how she was date-raped. The interview was filmed with one camera, facing the woman. When the interview was over, reaction shots of the reporter were filmed. At one point, Grunich manufactured a tear, which was later edited into the interview sequence so that when the interview was broadcast, he was shown with a tear running down his face as the woman described her traumatic experience. Continue reading
Free speech is often hailed among the most significant of our fundamental freedoms. In the Western world in particular, freedom of speech and press has allowed for a range of voices, including voices of dissent that seem to indicate that our democracy is in a sense working. However, free speech is not completely free. There are limits and curbs based on what may be of greater importance in various contexts – such as if the speech might endanger others. That is why we can’t yell “fire” in a theater as a joke – the potential chaos and harm it raises in that context outweighs some one’s freedom to say what they want. Continue reading
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. But as the month winds down, and the fight against human trafficking carries on, how aware are we and what does that awareness prompt us to do? For many the term human trafficking does not have a clear definition. For others, the definition may be clear, but how it applies may be uncertain. Still others either don’t understand why this issue is drawing such attention or are turned off by the topic because of its salience in certain circles. The purpose of this article is to guide us toward a shared understanding of what constitutes human trafficking, how it impacts society locally and globally, and how we as individuals can address this injustice. Continue reading
I finally saw American Sniper, the film about Chris Kyle and his four tours of duty in Iraq. It shows the nature of warfare, the nature of human nature and the nature of peace through strength.
Warfare is barbaric. It always has been. And it shows the depth of human depravity. From the earliest records of warfare, the objective has been to win. Each culture sets its limits of what it will or will not do to win. Some will seek to protect non-combatants. Some have no moral boundaries at all. But regardless of the rules of engagement, the objective of winning requires killing a sufficient amount of an enemy to subdue him and his people. Most who engage in a war of aggression or defense seek the most efficient route to winning the spoils they want or protecting what they have. Continue reading
Politics, policy, issues, ideas, and citizenship are always bubbling on the Centennial Institute calendar and the CCU campus. I bet one or more of these events is top line with your concerns. We’d love Continue reading
Editor: Republican attorney and businessman Spencer Swalm served in the Colorado General Assembly (as his late father also did), representing House District 37 in Centennial from 2007 to 2015, departing under term limits on January 7. We asked him to sum up the lessons learned from those eight years, all but two of them Continue reading
“Physician-assisted suicide is dangerous for a myriad of reasons and should be aggressively resisted, “ say three attorneys in a new policy brief from Centennial Institute. Suicide By Doctor: What Colorado Would Risk on the Slippery Slope of Physician-Assisted Suicide, by Michael Norton, Natalie Decker, and Catherine Foster, is published as the Colorado General Assembly moves toward Continue reading
Rather masochistically, I sit through the State of the Union Address each year. This year, sadly, was no exception. Continue reading
Aired-out uproariously on “Saturday Night Live,” “Deflategate” has been a national fixation since word broke that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in their Super Bowl-berth-clinching victory over Indianapolis. The alleged-cheating controversy has even pumped up the loveability of the oft-despised Seattle Seahawks.
However, Think Again if you believe Deflategate is merely hot air. Though overblown, Americans’ disquiet reflects our fairness instinct and commitment to equality of opportunity — the ideal that all competitors in the race of life, no matter their status, can succeed on a level playing field. Continue reading
Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This country of ours? We’re a “tight-knit family.” Republicans? He wants to get along with them. To repeat a question he asked, really? Continue reading