MTSU Professor Larry Burris said, "In the early days of movies, the Bible-based films of Cecil B. DeMille were sometimes banned because they were not accurate according to some municipal officials."
The political scene has changed dramatically from the days of Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. When did media and the public get on a first-name basis with political leaders?
MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris sounds off on politically correct ads.
People who voluntarily put themselves in the public eye lose at least a measure of control over their own lives, including their social media lives.
WGNS is always happy to air your commentary. Thom Christy has this weeks audio commentary about our community...
Back in the good ol' days, and you know when those were, you had to wait probably 24 hours for the latest news, which meant reporters had a lot of time to gather information, clear up conflicts and put together a fairly comprehensive review of the truth.
In politics, it is sometimes hard to know what is real and what is created to make you believe one thing or the other.
Cartoonist Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey, died at age 94. Walker created the Beetle comic strip in 1950. MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris takes a not-so-serious look at Army private Beetle Bailey.
This week's commentary from MTSU's Dr. Larry Burriss goes back to the old question "Does she or doesn't she"?
Several years ago, a cable company ran the Associated Press news wire on one of its channels. It was all news, all the time, but MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris says it made a lot more sense than what today passes for all news, all the time.
Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism tackles the issue of cyberwar in this week's commentary.
Ever watched a so called news talk show where the commentators basically yell at each other over different hot button news stories? A professor at MTSU has and he has a few words about such TV shows.
MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris has views on ESPN and political correctness.
A couple of years ago, Dr. Larry Burrus wrote to one of the most secretive agencies in the government, and asked if he could get a copy of their policy manual that dictates how the agency deals with the public.
Facebook is changing... now adding something that C-E-O Mark Zuckerberg suggested will bring people together. With more, here is MTSU professor Larry Burriss..
To hear some people tell it, television is just getting worse and worse all the time. Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism, says many people wish for the good ol' days when programming was morally uplifting, culturally aware and socially significant.
Back in the mid 18-hundreds, Alexis de Tocqueville said the only way people had of keeping track of what was happening in a nation as large as ours was through the news media.
As far back as the American Revolution, government officials were giving supposedly secret information to the newspapers.
I've been reading about declining movie attendance and about some of the new technologies being proposed that are supposed to lure viewers back into the seats.
One of the sort of fun considerations about media is the debate about which media form has had the most impact.
Now that the presidential field has been more-or-less set I've seen a huge increase in the number of news stories related to polls.
As the world observes the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, it's interesting to also note not everyone has been enamored of the bard.
Here's a question for you: how much social harmony can democracy tolerate? MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris has more...
A bill currently making its way through Congress would allow camera coverage of U.S. appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the fall of 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon had a problem: some of her friends had told her there was no Santa Claus.
Does the phrase "native advertising" mean anything to you? Well, MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris says it's a made-up term that means internet advertising that is supposed to look like non-advertising content.
MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris has often commented here on how laws and legislation are often years behind new technologies. Today is no different.
For years American companies have been telling us they are doing business with the repressive regime of Communist China in order to help that country move towards democracy. Well, we have now learned how successful these efforts have been.
There's a saying you've probably heard, "He who lives by the sword dies by the sword." So what happens when a media creation turns out not to be as docile as the creators had perhaps wanted? Here are the thoughts of MTSU Professor of Journalism, Dr. Larry Burris.
Every once in a while I get to indulge in shameless self-promotion, and this is going to be one of those times. People are still upset with Governor Haslam spending $46,000 to design a new state logo. But I have an idea about how he could have better spent that money, gotten a better logo and helped higher education, all at the same time.
It seems that every time we stop to take a breath some new technology, application, hardware or software is trying to get our attention. And almost every one of them, we're told, is going to completely change how we live our lives, how we do business, and how we interact with our friends.
Countless Tennesseans are still struggling to deal with economic hardships created by policies put forth by the Obama administration - policies that have grown government at the expense of private sector jobs.
All of the recent news about the French satire magazine "Charlie Hebdo" has caused much discussion about the role of satire in the public arena. And some confusion about the literary forms of parody and satire. So let's try to clear the air.
We've often commented here on the abysmal state of science reporting, from numerical illiteracy to giving credence to pseudoscience to ignorance of scientific principles and results. And when all three problems are combined, the results can be a hyperbolic blend of misinformation that is not only misleading, but can be downright dangerous.
In this week's media commentary, MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris explores family television.
Delivery of news hits hyper-speed. MTSU Journalism Professor Dr. Larry Burris examines the speed in which news is delivered nowadays.
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