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Michael Gillespie writes regularly for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. A 1999 graduate of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University, he was inducted a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society of journalism and mass communications. He has previously worked in radio as a reporter at WUOT-fm, the University of Tennesee at Knoxville NPR affiliate station, and as project director for community radio station WDVX-fm. His reportage has been broadcast internationally by Swiss Radio International. He co-founded the Knoxville (TN) Writers Guild in 1993, served as Executive Director of the Tennessee Writers Alliance (1995), and as vice-chair and chair of the Ames (IA) Interfaith Council (2003-2006).
All Across America, Flags at Half Mast, Again.
Monday's gun massacre at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC provides additional evidence of the socially destabilizing nature of the deluge of increasingly violent and bloody mass media product that passes for entertainment in the USA.
Biden and Obama Give Hollywood a Free Pass for Inciting Violence
Violence is at the center of American popular culture because violence is at the center of the entertainment industry's most lucrative product lines and revenue streams. Politicians are loathe to address the problem of violent media content that incites violence.
Police in American Schools?
The entertainment industry shelters with its lucrative and socially-destabilizing media products behind the First Amendment while the National Rifle Association abuses the Second Amendment to endanger the public safety.
Celebrate Labor Day by Voting Democratic!
A former union shipfitter and first- and mid-level corporate manager reflects and opines on the causes of the USA's severe and painfully prolonged manufacturing slump.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012(4 comments)
Rachel Corrie Presente!
The Haifa District Court's verdict in the case brought by Rachel Corrie's family may be viewed as vindication by ardent Zionists, but in the court of public opinion it serves as official confirmation of Rachel's martyrdom by the IDF.
Sunday, July 22, 2012(6 comments)
Media Violence Comes Home to Roost
Yet another mass murder, this time in a movie theater rather than a school, raises serious question that media moguls and their operatives will studiously avoid.
The Road to Recovery: Heeding Eisenhower's Warning
This article explores the rise of what President Dwight David Eisenhower referred to as the "military-industrial complex" and the effects of "a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions" on American life and culture.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010(4 comments)
War Alarm: Waking Up from Reagan's Nightmare
The Roosevelt administration's wartime economic policies were astonishingly successful, but today they are widely disparaged as interference in the "free market." The USA has not decisively won a major military confiict since 1945.