Self esteem can not come from an outside source. It is internal. My son
was in public school during the "you are special" educational blitz.
Even in kindergarten, he knew (on his own) getting a ribbon for crappy
work was bogus. Most kids did, even if they kept it to themselves, they
knew if they did or did not deserve the accolades they were receiving.
But then I read something like this and I think: teens and young adults
are self centered. It is what they are supposed to be, to an extent.
Drawing on more than 80 interviews
with key figures in the print, broadcast and electronic media, and with
unequaled, behind-the-scenes access to some of today's most important
news organizations, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the
challenges facing the mainstream news media, and the media's reaction,
in "News War," a special four-part series.
Bergman traces the recent history of American journalism, from the
Nixon administration's attacks on the media and the post-Watergate
popularity of the press to new obstacles presented by the war on terror
and changing economics in the media business and the Internet. The
topic has special resonance for Bergman, whose career as a journalist
for FRONTLINE, The New York Times, ABC News and 60 Minutes
has included reporting on the issues that are critical to the current
controversies. "There has been a perfect storm brewing in the world of
news," says Bergman. "Not since the Nixon administration
has there been this level of hostility leveled at news organizations. …
[But] unlike the confrontations of 35 or more years ago, today's news
war sees the very economic foundations of the business shifting."
When we traveled to Cuba to build our playgrounds, we did so with
instructions to remain apolitical in order not to jeopardize our
license. I was mindful of this in writing about the travel restrictions
and, reading the article again, I believe I have held to this
agreement. If admiration was expressed in my article, I hope it will be
seen to be for Bill Hauf, the founder of It’s Just the Kids, for his initiative, courage and persistence to take goodwill ambassadors directly to the peoples of Cuba.
Syd spends time "Thinking about what makes us who we are:"
I've seen this happen in this group before. There is one person who
dominates the group. I've managed to get past most of it but there have
been moments when I've felt defensive and disgusted. It's important to
have Al-Anon not be dominated or controlled by any one person.
Everyone's sharing is important and worthy and should be done without
concern of approval or negative comment. I know that the one person who
dominates does so out of a need for control and attention.
Momentarily exhausted, Shay wonders if she wouldn't be happier if she
just became a nurse or a secretary or found some 9-5 job where she
could support herself and still have "a life."
An understandable flight of fancy from a stressed out medical student.
But then the author speculates that as "an intellectually gifted woman", could Shay really be happy with those choices.
that rankled me. Now, I don't claim to be any more intellectually
gifted than the average American, but this is part of the problem that
Orenstein seems to be trying to address: the choices that women in
America make and how those choices impact their self-esteem and their
Lowcountry Blogs is our attempt to keep up with the comings and goings of an active local blogging community. These days it's written primarily by Heather Solos of Moncks Corner Moments and administered by Dan Conover of Xark!. To have your site added to The Big Blogroll or the other lists here, e-mail us your URL, along with a one-sentence description of its focus, style, etc.
Heather's e-mail: Cantalyssa@aol.com; Dan's e-mail: email@example.com.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2006, the first large gathering of Lowcountry bloggers met in Charleston at a harbor-front bar for the Inaugural Charleston Blog Party.
On the agenda: 1. Drinking; 2. Talking; 3. Posing for pictures with Windviel's incredibly cool Mustang.
Photos by Janet Edens Conover
Adam Boozer A local creative director's commentary on his new life in Charleston.
Afrogeek Mom and Dad Afrogeeks: Black people who love Buffy and Star Wars, who have their own folder at the comic book shop, who thought Living Color (the band, not the show) was the bomb, who always wanted to know where the black elves were in D&D. And now they have kids.
Agricola A politically oriented blog by a conservative Charleston native.
Ask Elsa The public editor at The P&C talks about fairness, ethics, and anything else readers want to know about their newspaper.
Audubon South Carolina A blog by "Swampy," a.k.a. Mark Musselman, the director of education at the Audubon Center of the Francis Beidler Forest. The blog has an environmental focus and documents whatever strikes his fancy during the work day.
Baxter sez... An eclectic general-interest blog by "a professional feminist" and a "white Christian Southern male."
Bessie Gantt's Journal A blog about raising triplets, which is just kind of amazing in its own right, when you consider that a mom could have time to blog while raising triplets.
Bill Hawkins The executive editor of The Post and Courier blogs at Charleston.net.
Eat A Charleston City Paper foodie blog by Jeff Allen.
Fantasy Mashup Fantasy football coverage, commentary, conversation and cartoons from Dan and Janet of Xark.
Feedback File A Charleston City Paper music blog by T. Ballard Lesemann.
Feminists for Colbert Women's and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston LOVES Stephen Colbert. Why? Not only is he a Charleston, SC native, but how great was his segment with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda
Smoke Free Action Network This is a news source for all people who want to make South Carolina smoke free. Many cities have already enacted legislation on this issue, now it's time for the whole state to go smoke free.
Tartelette aux USA Helene is a baker three days a week, a personal trainer three days a week, has a master's degree in history and is a French woman married to an American man. Guaranteed to make you hungry.
The Back Channel The Charleston City Paper's omniblog has morphed nicely into a daily feed of the latest posts from the outfit's growing stable of staff-written special topic blogs.
The Birds and Fishes As the Curator of Birds and Fishes out at Cypress Gardens, and a huge fan of it too, I decided there should be a site about the weekly world of animal care. I hope to educate, enlighten and maybe add a laugh to your day.
The Blogland of Earl Capps Various topics, but here's a blogger who not only writes about politics, he does some of his own reporting.
The Bushido Way An entertaining mix of politics, sports and some kind of special sauce. Big on baseball.
Educators for Jim Rex Talk education ideas with the campaign of a Democratic candidate for State Superintendant of Education.
POLITICSROCKS.COM A team blog based in Spartanburg devoted to politics, with an emphasis on state politics. The main writer is the son of a Democratic state senator. Team members also produce Sports Talk Rocks, a blog devoted to Palmetto State sports.