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In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill speaks with media scholar Sherry Turkle, who says that the Internet and social media have changed not only what we do but also who we are. She’s a clinical psychologist and one of the first to study the impact of computers on culture and society. A professor at MIT and director of the university’s Initiative on Technology and Self, Turkle has written several important books, her most recent being Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Broadcast date: October 18, 2013. (35 minutes)
Bullying is not “just a rite of passage.” In actuality, says the National Crime Prevention Council, it’s a leading factor in suicide among kids 11 to 16 years of age. And although bullying is only one of a number of suicide-related risk factors impacting tweens and teens, the fact that the term “bullycide” has entered the lexicon is a telling sign of how closely linked bullying and suicide are perceived to be. Structured around two scenarios in which a boy and a girl commit suicide after repeatedly being bullied, this video offers valuable insights into bully and victim psychology, types of bullying, and anti-bullying behavior through penetrating commentary by Erica Perlow, of the Chatham County North Carolina Bullying Prevention Task Force, and psychologist April Harris-Britt. In addition, alternate scenarios are included that illustrate how bystanders to bullying can help neutralize some of the cumulative psychological effects of bullying that could—and too frequently do—push students to take their own lives. A Cambridge Educational/Endeavor Pictures Coproduction. (21 minutes)
With more than 50 million unique visitors a month, BuzzFeed is a true Internet sensation. This ABC News report looks at the site's secret to success: knowing what people want to share on the Internet—pictures of sleeping cats being one of them. Broadcast date: May 3, 2013. (6 minutes)
Today’s reality is that for every internship or job a new college graduate is interested in, there are likely to be a many, many other smart people trying for the same position. And with recruiters increasingly saying that grads, although having strong academic records, are weak on interviewing technique, it’s more important than ever to improve face-to-face communication skills. This video brings together recruiters and employers to give viewers the inside track on what they’re looking for at an interview…and a glimpse of some of the many mistakes they’ve witnessed. (45 minutes)
Program host Griff Rhys Jones continues his quest to understand non-Western art forms by travelling to West Africa. Looking beyond the astonishing monetary worth of antique carvings from the region, Jones asks: what makes a piece “authentic” and are such objects still produced by artists today? Is there an exact definition for what constitutes African art? Has there ever been? The investigation starts on Mali’s Bandiagara Escarpment, a hub of Dogon civilization, which invests certain carvings and sculptures with spiritual significance. Wondering if belief in the power of these objects can survive the march of modernity, Jones shifts his focus to Accra, the capital of Ghana. There he encounters further reasons to think of art in the context of time’s passage, as he learns more about invention and creativity on the continent that gave birth to the human species. (59 minutes)
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