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 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.