Reading Today’s Stories…9/9

Breaking news, according to Twitter | The Media Project http://bit.ly/poN4wO

From the Media Project that offers a lot of great work about issues for journalists has another piece about the way that twitter has changed the field. The basic rule for journalism is Check, and re-check your facts. Yet you want to get the story out quickly, especially when it comes to breaking news and tragedies. In the age of twitter when “news” comes at 140 characters from any and every source it makes the work of traditional journalists more difficult. If they check facts they are late to break the story. If they use unchecked facts and are wrong the backlash can be great. Read the whole story here.

Traveling This World And Others | Challies Dot Com http://bit.ly/nFSuJK

I really enjoyed this post about reading together as a family. It was something that we did at times growing up. It is an enjoyable way of seeing the world – and other worlds – through your imagination. I would not describe myself as an especially imaginative person but I can get caught up in a story and hope that I will be able to pass that on to my family in the future. Read the whole story here.

“Who Was Muhammad, Was He Violent?”: Teaching Islam Ten Years after 9/11 | Politics | Religion Dispatches http://bit.ly/oizFoP

A thought provoking piece from a professor of Islamic Studies at Georgia State University. He identifies two common approaches that western society has taken to the increased awareness of Muslims and Islamic culture. He calls this the Dante/Deepak dichotomy. On the one hand there are those in the tradition of Renaissance poet Dante who in his Divine Comedy portrayed Muhammad in the lowest depths of hell. The other side is Deepak Chopra and others who try to retell the story of Islam in a more palatable and pluralistic way. In his opinion Professor Abbas says American society will have to let go of both views and deal pragmatically with the issue – recognizing both the compatibility and contradictions.  “Neither Dante nor Deepak will solve the problem.” Read the whole story here.

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