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."
MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris sounds off on politically correct ads.
Here's a question for you: who is the "press" the First Amendment talks about, and what is it supposed to be doing? Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism has the answer.
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.
Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism, gives his take on how news WAS delivered and IS delivered now.
Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU professor of Journalism, answers the question: Why doesn't the Federal Communications Commission "do something" about the adult content we're seeing and hearing more and more often on cable television?
Classes start at MTSU this week, and as Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris says more than 20-thousand students come back to campus, there's a big question he'll get.
When we think of the First Amendment, we usually think about how the government is not allowed to suppress or prohibit speech. But MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris says free speech means the right to say what you want.
Some want to stop the flow of information that comes from big market NEWS media nationwide... One MTSU professor has a few thoughts on the subject.
The advertising site Backpage, known more for its sex ads than garage sale ads, was shut down by the FBI last week, and it founder reportedly charged in a sealed indictment with 93 counts of various criminal activities.
Ever thought about government leaks of confidential information? MTSU Professor Larry Burriss has...
In politics, it is sometimes hard to know what is real and what is created to make you believe one thing or the other.
A bill being proposed in Congress has some journalists in a dither, and reports about the measure vividly illustrate how parsing words and shading meaning have become political games in Washington.
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.
MTSU Professor Larry Burris recently dined in the restaurant made famous by the 1942 movie "Casablanca..." In this report, he talks about how it is a real cafe and he failed to see Humphrey Bogart or Ingrid Bergman...
Can the media control public opinion? Hear what MTSU Professor Larry Burriss has to say...
Back in 1978 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Federal Communications Commission rules against so-called "cross-ownerships": business relationships where one company owned both a print and broadcast outlet in the same community.
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.
Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU professor of journalism, comments today on "telemarketing."
MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris has views on ESPN and political correctness.
Can a city or county prohibit a group from marching or having a demonstration? Hear what MTSU Professor Larry Burriss has to say about this interesting topic...
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was announced from a balcony.
What do most Americans know about foreign lands, and what kinds of pictures of foreign countries are we teaching our children?
MTSU Professor Larry Burriss is attending an international education conference where he heard quite a bit from leaders in other countries commenting on the education system in the United States.
MTSU Professor Larry Burriss dives into a little history about speeches that may have made people uncomfortable in the past.
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.
People who review movies, restaurants and more are not always correct in their reviews... With more, here is Dr. Larry Burriss from MTSU's School of Journalism:
What is a war reporter? Good question and Dr. Larry Burriss at MTSU talks about that question...
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.
During World War II Edward R. Murrow noted that when circumstances prevented reporters from filing their stories, they would be covered by their colleagues.
As far back as the American Revolution, government officials were giving supposedly secret information to the newspapers.
MTSU Professor goes bar hopping 9,000 miles away for a story... With more, here is Dr. Larry Burriss:
This week, December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris remembers what happened on November 22nd back in 1963 - which changed American history.
Today, there is even less opportunity to intimidate and retaliate against reporters and news organizations. MTSU Professor Larry Burris has more...
MTSU Professor Larry Burris takes a look at the old Alien and Sedition Acts, which, among other things, made it a crime to falsely criticize the government and government officials...
When is an apology not an apology? And if you are a politician, how do we know if your apology is real, or just political theater?
Mass hysteria about lurking clowns is making a mark on Rutherford County. MTSU Professor Larry Burriss has more...
Celebrity news has been dominated of late by the break up of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
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.
The students have returned to MTSU this week and hundreds of new students are preparing for careers in mass communication. With more, here's MTSU Professor Larry Burris...
There is nothing new in the political atmosphere, according to one MTSU professor. Dr. Larry Burris has more...
In the Bible, Pontius Pilate asks Jesus, "What is truth?" And for centuries philosophers, theologians and a host of others have wrestled with what appears to be one question, but is actually two.
When I'm talking to community groups about television, and someone says there's nothing good to watch, I remind them of all of the educational and cultural programs available. But I guess it's time for a true confession: I'm looking forward to Sharknado 4 in July.
One of the sort of fun considerations about media is the debate about which media form has had the most impact.
Bias in the media and even FaceBook? With more, here is Dr. Larry Burris, an MTSU Professor of Journalism...
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...
Virtual experiences in art, literature, science and geography are not real. For example, most of us have probably seen images of the Mona Lisa...
As you have heard, Apple is being asked to break the lock code to get into the iPhone of a deceased terrorist.
The idea of free speech is really pretty simple: you get to say what you want. You can be silly, obnoxious or even downright hateful, but you get to have your say.
A bill currently making its way through Congress would allow camera coverage of U.S. appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Larry Burriss at MTSU (School of Journalism), talks about poet Edgar Allan Poe...
Information we got from newspapers, magazines, radio and television in the 50s, 60s and 70s was pretty accurate, but what about today?
MTSU Professor Larry Burris says that if letters to the editor are any indication, it appears there is some kind of consensus growing that the republic is on the verge of collapse, and civilization as we know it will soon come to an end.
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.
In this day and age, it would be hard for the President of the United States to hide a news story that involves other countries, but imagine what it was like many years...
Dr. Larry Burris at MTSU said we may not be as connected as we once thought with the growth of the internet.
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.
Dr. Larry Burris at MTSU told WGNS, "Anything you post on the Internet can be stolen, no matter how many security promises the provider makes."
Some experts tell parents to make sure their kids stay OFF the computer until they turn 7. Dr. Larry Burris at MTSU comments...
News outlets sometimes get words wrong. With more, here is Dr. Larry Burris from MTSU...
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.
Comedians often avoid doing shows these day in front of universities like MTSU and other colleges all over the country. Dr. Larry Burris at MTSU knows why, do you?
Today (February 23rd) is the 70th anniversary of the flag raising on Iwo Jima, the date one of the most iconic photographs of World War II was taken.
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.
Delivery of news hits hyper-speed. MTSU Journalism Professor Dr. Larry Burris examines the speed in which news is delivered nowadays.
One of the guiding principles of social science research is the notion of “informed consent,” the idea that you have to give explicit permission before you can be inspected, injected or infected.
(MURFREESBORO) - Warner Brothers recently announced the title its new superhero movie, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” And the Cybervillage immediately lit up with debates about who was the better hero.
Starting in 2016, high school students will face a new Scholastic Assessment Test, the dreaded SAT. Dr. Larry Burris, a professor in the School of Journalism at MTSU, comments on this change...
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So what’s up with cell phones? A local professor by the name of Larry Burriss at MTSU chimes in on the rise of cell phone use. He stated, “How did we get into such a state that we became so dependent on these machines?”
Last week the Obama administration refused to cave in to public pressure to label Westboro Baptist Church a hate group. More than 367-thousand petitions had asked the White House to make such a designation against the group that has gained notoriety by picketing military funerals.
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