Exposure to literature may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.
The thinking a person engages in while reading fiction does not necessarily lead him or her to a decision. [This decreases the reader’s need to come to a definitive conclusion.]
Furthermore, while reading, the reader can stimulate the thinking styles even of people he or she might personally dislike. One can think along and even feel along with Humbert Humbert in Lolita, no matter how offensive one finds this character. This double release—of thinking through events without concerns for urgency and permanence, and thinking in ways that are different than one’s own—may produce effects of opening the mind.” —Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers - Salon.com
Our growing collective compulsion to document our lives and share them online, combined with the instant gratification that comes from seeing something you are doing or experiencing get near-immediate approval from your online peers, could be giving us more reason to act out online, for better or for worse.
We are, in other words, one another’s virtual enablers.” —Facebook Made Me Do It - Jenna Wortham in @NYTimes
Gannett Co Inc shares soared 27 percent to a five-year high after the largest U.S. newspaper chain struck a $1.5 billion deal for Dallas television company Belo Corp, dramatically increasing TV’s importance to Gannett’s results. - http://huff.to/19uxEUU
Belo itself split into separate newspaper and TV businesses in 2008. The newspaper business, A.H. Belo Corp, is not affected by Thursday’s deal.
The bill, passed by the overwhelmingly conservative Texas legislature, would have brought Texas state law in line with the federal Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to sue employers over wage discrimination. - http://huff.to/14537Hk