Stories by Marty Kaplan

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Reach him at martyk@jewishjournal.com. subscribe to Marty Kaplan's feed

Posted on: Jun 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

FCC head Tom Wheeler has scored some significant victories.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Much of the dysfunction that now poses a threat to our government is ultimately about money, and the media it buys.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It actually may be better if the whole thing really were made up.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Our wellness knowledge and ignorance are moving targets.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

I was surprised to discover a non-ideological, non-infuriating, nonstop rundown of news I needed to know.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The chances that any data can be reliably protected from prying eyes are close to nil.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It’s in the economic self-interest of the news media to make politics as fun as wrestling and as risky as a high-wire act.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The new movie "Nightcrawler" hits the message home of how violence rather than government news sells in the media.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

You'd think we know the difference between the truth claims of science and the tribal claims of culture -- it's tempting, but delusional.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

To say that almost no one uses encyclopedias any more would be an exaggeration.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Recent deplorable actions by some of America's biggest brands.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A journey to Mt. Athos in Greece by four skeptics offers even religious skeptics a way of "coming to God."

Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet

On rape and gay representation in the media, and the conundrum of causation.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Online quizzes give you your "Mad Men" character and data-mine in the process.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The next 15 years of negotiation and enforcement may be the most important 15 years in human history.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Games like Flappy Birds are fun, but do they take us away from engaging with life?

Posted on: Jan 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We've gotta stop giving politicians the benefit of the doubt.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

There’s an actual Armageddon in plain sight that’s failing to get the red-siren treatment it deserves.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Are we witnessing the death of proper language?

Posted on: Jun 25, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A case of "outrage envy."

Posted on: May 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Keeping up with the news can give you something the American Psychiatric Association ought to call "Informed Citizen Disorder."

Posted on: May 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

CO2 is at a level not seen in millions of years—if this happened in science fiction, the planet would pay attention.