Tag: Minding the Media

Political News and Discourse in the US: Democrats & Republicans Are Both Upset

To cope with their very negative emotional reactions to political news, some people began to tune it all out. The authors did not report the percentage who did so, but they did mention the results of international research from the University of Oxford. In a 2019 survey of 8 nations — Canada, France, Germany, Japan, […]

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Trusting Others and Knowing What to Believe: More Than 10,000 Americans Weigh In

Who Is Most and Least Trusting? Some people are consistently more trusting than others. The Pew Center researchers measured levels of trust by asking participants about their general trust or distrust in others, their beliefs about the overall levels of helpfulness or selfishness of others, and their sense of other people’s tendencies to be exploitative […]

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Podcast: Joker Movie and Mental Illness

(Transcript Available Below) SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW About The Not Crazy Podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from Gabe Howard. To learn […]

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The Impact of the Digital Age on Suicide Prevention

Media plays a growing role in this, especially as media agencies are now sharing their messages across all digital platforms. The way in which the media portrays individuals struggling with mental health issues matters. The media’s coverage of suicidal behaviors can influence people at risk in a negative manner by inadvertently contributing to possible copycat […]

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6 Ways to Change Our Media Diet — and Change the World

Here are six steps to change our media diet: 1. Become a Conscious Consumer Industries that have undergone their own consumer-driven evolution share one thing in common: they rely on a conscious consumer. The news media is no different. In the pursuit of profit, news organizations need audience engagement. It is up to us to […]

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Mass Shootings & Mental Illness: Sloppy Reporting Paints False Connection

Here’s why the distinction is important and why sloppy reporting by both journalists and law enforcement paint a false connection between mental illness and mass shootings. Mental illness is something that approximately 1 in 5 Americans suffer. So you can understand the concern when politicians, law enforcement, and other well-meaning pundits suggest we need to […]

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Podcast: Is Kanye West Helping People with Bipolar Disorder?

Kanye West’s interview about living with bipolar disorder has recently made the media rounds. Mr. West speaks about not liking medication, about mania being a creative outlet, and the career edge he believes he has because of living with mental illness. “Do you know many homeless schizophrenics who are eating well?”– Gabe Howard Highlights From […]

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Can a Single TV Show Influence a Presidential Election?

We know from past social psychology research that television shows can and do have an impact on voter attitudes. Research conducted in 2005 by Matthew Baum and another study conducted in 2010 (Parkin, 2010) demonstrated that “when presidential candidates appear on televised comedy shows, they are able to have an unusual impact on otherwise disengaged […]

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