Journalism in the Post-Truth Era

Today is World Press Freedom Day.  This is an occasion to recognize the risks media professionals take to deliver fair and independent journalism.  Press freedom is more important than ever.  The Trump administration lives in a world of alternative facts and fake news.  Trump and his staff have had their share of gaffes, showing their lack of logic and knowledge of basic history.

Apparently, Trump and his people now just walk away from reporters when they don’t want to answer tough questions.

Journalists have an obligation to report the real facts and question the foolishness coming out of Trump’s mouth and Twitter feed, as well as other unsavory public officials worldwide.

Please support real journalism today by supporting groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.

Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on Free Expression, speaks about life in the post-truth world and what the media can do about it.

The Many Benefits of Walking

Last week I was watching TV, and an environmental activist appeared on a chat show to discuss how to be more green in your everyday life through transportation.  She hit on all the major points like cycling more and taking public transit instead of driving a car.

What I found lacking in this and other alternative transport discussions are any mention of the most energy efficient and cheapest mode of transportation – walking.  As a matter of fact, pedestrians reduce their CO2 emissions by 14 percent! I have been a “lifelong” pedestrian, meaning I have never owned a car and take public transit to places I can’t walk to in a short amount of time.   Of course, I lived in a major urban area with pretty decent pedestrian and public transit options.  However, walking as a primary mode of transport may not be an option for others, like for those living in rural or suburban communities, disabled, have small kids or have to take large objects around with you on a regular basis.

With that said, walking more has many benefits:

  1. It’s healthy: It goes without saying that walking more is better for your health.  Even low-impact walking to run errands around your neighborhood can help you burn more calories.  Also, walking is a complimentary, restorative exercise for more rigorous activity.  I usually run three times a week.  On my off days, I like to do yoga or walk longer distances to continue the caloric burn.
  2. Lowers health care cost: A healthy lifestyle means fewer hospital bills.  Many studies show that residents in urban areas that walk or cycle regularly have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.
  3. It reduces unwanted waste: When you have to walk, you are less likely to buy and carry around things you don’t need.  For example, when you go shopping while walking, you only buy what you can carry in (hopefully reusable) bags, especially if you walk long distances.  You will also tend to not want to carry items that have a lot of packaging, which weigh more.  Less packaging equals less waste.
  4. It saves money: You can save a lot of money when you don’t have the hassles of maintaining a car or even buying a T pass!  The numbers prove this; a recent study from the American Public Transportation Association shows that people that use public transit over a car save up to $800 per month.  The number goes up even higher for people who primarily walk.

My Book “Recharge E-waste” On Sale For Earth Day

Originally posted on Global Wire Books.

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Recharge E-waste is an interactive short guide that introduces readers to the complex issues concerning electronic waste and possible ideas around reducing it in the waste stream.  The second edition features updated consumer statistics and new information about the dangers e-waste pose to data security.

“The issue of cyber attacks is one of the most challenging economic and security issues happening globally right now,” said author Talia Whyte.  “Millions of old computers and mobiles are dumped in landfills that have not been properly erased of sensitive data ranging from family photos to credit card or bank statements to even confidential government contracts.  Cyber criminals scrounge through the trash to lift this data off of disposed of electronics that is later used in scams and hackings.”

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Resistance and Communication 101

Last week I watched the first live stream in a series of discussions about how “The Resistance” can effectively organize against Trump.  Resistance School was started up at Harvard’s Kennedy School as a response to Trump’s election.  This discussion was about political advocacy through useful communication, which is very important for everyone.

I thought it was really interesting and educational.  The lecturer, Tim McCarthy, did an excellent job explaining the basic principles of effective communication for social change.  I discuss this topic ad nauseam in this blog, ranging from AIDS activism to civil rights.  So, it was good to hear Professor McCarthy’s perspective.