The Top Ten Things I Learned from Mister Rogers

Written by Susan Dunn, M.A.

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Mister Rogers makes everyone feel special and valued, and he's one of my heroes.

1. You can never go down, never go down, never go downrepparttar drain. When life can involve divorce, layoffs, losing a child, moving 2 weeks before your baby's due and you have a toddler and a dog with a new litter of puppies, working full-time and being a single-parent, or starting a new career at 55, it's good to know you can never go downrepparttar 109465 drain!

2. You can stop when you want to, stop when you wishEver say to yourself -- stoprepparttar 109466 madness? Mister Rogers reminds us that we can stop when we want to. Makerepparttar 109467 carousel slow down so you can enjoyrepparttar 109468 ride. You're in control. Stoprepparttar 109469 roller coaster and get off. End a relationship that isn't working. Change a career whenrepparttar 109470 passion's gone. Eliminaterepparttar 109471 tolerations in your life! You can stop when you want to, stop when you wish.

3. It's great to be able to stop when you've planned a thing that's wrong and to be able to do something else instead. Problem-solving! When you're working at a problem andrepparttar 109472 answer isn't forthcoming, try something new. The solution isn't doubling your efforts at a failing proposition. If you're havingrepparttar 109473 same things happen over and over again in your relationships, stop what you're doing and do something else. Try something new! If you keep doing' what you've been doin', you're gonna keep gettin' what you been gettin'.

4. There's something deep inside that helps us become what we can. Develop your intuition and pay attention to what it tells you. It'srepparttar 109474 best guide to what's best for you and what will work for you. Listen to that still, small voice inside and let it be your guide ... it's an EQ competency.

5. Whenrepparttar 109475 whole wide world seems oh so wrong and nothing you do seems very right, you can punch a bag, pound some clay or some dough, or round up friends for a game of tag or see how fast you can go. Change what you can, and those things you can't ... go chop some wood, or take a bike ride, or call your coach and talkrepparttar 109476 feelings out. You might as well learn to manage those feelings constructively now, becauserepparttar 109477 stakes are just going to get higher in life, sorepparttar 109478 feelings will too. It's a lifelong mission changing what you can, and finding some play-doh when you can't!

Why is Media Bias an Issue?

Written by Bernie Day

Most of us have grown up in a society where we felt fortunate to live in a democracy where free speech was one of our basic rights. We also believed that "news" was delivered to us in a factual manner - with both sides of any story equally represented. In theory, it is supposed to work this way. But, when news articles are measured for bias utilizing an objective process, one discovers that there is an agenda underlying much ofrepparttar news Americans are subjected to and programmed by, each day. In defense ofrepparttar 109464 news media there is a rational behindrepparttar 109465 changing face of news content. Given thatrepparttar 109466 average American wants to be entertained andrepparttar 109467 time and attention available to commit to news stories,repparttar 109468 press has shaped its focus to deliver content in an entertaining and "byte-driven" format. As a result, news stories are designed to ignite an emotive response to GRAB attention. Often, this attempt is misleading. The use of words to imply suspicion, controversy and/or fear, elevate public interest. This is seen as good media presentation because it gets viewers to pay attention. The benefit of increasing mass media distribution is, of course, an increase in advertising revenue. Therefore,repparttar 109469 rational behind a changed format of news content has been shaped byrepparttar 109470 public-at-large, through a demonstrated increase in its interest to consume sensational news. It is probably understood by most thatrepparttar 109471 news media is doing just this and may dismiss media bias claims as a result. But with a closer look, one can see that media bias reaches far deeper, effectingrepparttar 109472 psyche ofrepparttar 109473 reading/viewing public - because it's so subtle. The sensational depiction of events is overt and thereby acceptable by most of society. Butrepparttar 109474 covert misrepresentation of facts, either by omission or slanted, are not perceived. It is as ifrepparttar 109475 facts are cloaked. Thereforerepparttar 109476 Media Research Center of Alaska has committed itself to uncovering these subtle, covert, misrepresentations so that a reader is well-informed aboutrepparttar 109477 REAL story. To beginrepparttar 109478 discussion then, of less obvious media bias, we need to understand that there are always two sides to every story. As a result, both sides need to be given equal representation and equal weight so thatrepparttar 109479 reader can decide for himself/herself whatrepparttar 109480 meaning ofrepparttar 109481 news is. Even thoughrepparttar 109482 Media Code of Ethics clearly outlines this as a core value, it is not always adhered to. Additionally, reporters have a difficult time NOT selecting their stories, words and sources independent of their personal views and/orrepparttar 109483 views of their newsroom where their paycheck is earned. Some examples of covert media bias thatrepparttar 109484 average news consumer would digest without a thought are: ** Words -repparttar 109485 selection of words to describe one side, compared torepparttar 109486 other can slant a reader’s/viewer’s perception. (An example would be, describing one side ofrepparttar 109487 abortion issue as Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion. To give both wordsrepparttar 109488 same weight, and not imply some "ethical assessment" byrepparttar 109489 journalist, one would need to describe each as Pro-Abortion and Anti-Abortion, or Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. As you can evaluate for yourself, if a reporter usesrepparttar 109490 "Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion terms, he/she has automatically assigned a positive label to those who favorrepparttar 109491 right to choose abortion, while he/she has assigned a negative label to those who want to preserverepparttar 109492 right to life). Therefore, words to describe any person, event, or entity can quickly shaperepparttar 109493 mind ofrepparttar 109494 reader/viewer in a very subtle way.

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