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How are some so involved with a piece of fiction like
How are some so involved with a piece of fiction like "Game of Thrones?"

MTSU Professor asks how are some so involved with a piece of fiction like "Game of Thrones?"

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Religion and Movies on Easter Week, by MTSU Professor Larry Burriss
Religion and Movies on Easter Week, by MTSU Professor Larry Burriss

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."

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Should Media Be On
Should Media Be On "First Name Basis" With Politicians?

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?

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COMMENTARY: Politically Correct Ads
COMMENTARY: Politically Correct Ads

MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris sounds off on politically correct ads.

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COMMENTARY: Politics & Social Media
COMMENTARY: Politics & Social Media

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.

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COMMENTARY: We are Rutherford County - About the Community
COMMENTARY: We are Rutherford County - About the Community

WGNS is always happy to air your commentary. Thom Christy has this weeks audio commentary about our community...

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COMMENTARY: Viral Baseball Video
COMMENTARY: Viral Baseball Video

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.

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MTSU Professor of Journalism Larry Burriss comments on dirty politics
MTSU Professor of Journalism Larry Burriss comments on dirty politics

In politics, it is sometimes hard to know what is real and what is created to make you believe one thing or the other.

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COMMENTARY: Beetle Bailey Creator Dies
COMMENTARY: Beetle Bailey Creator Dies

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.

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Does She or Doesn't She?
Does She or Doesn't She?

This week's commentary from MTSU's Dr. Larry Burriss goes back to the old question "Does she or doesn't she"?

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COMMENTARY: Church Shooting
COMMENTARY: Church Shooting

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.

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COMMENTARY: Cyberwar
COMMENTARY: Cyberwar

Dr. Larry Burris, MTSU Professor of Journalism tackles the issue of cyberwar in this week's commentary.

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TV News Shows where Commentators Yell - The opinion of an MTSU Professor
TV News Shows where Commentators Yell - The opinion of an MTSU Professor

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.

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COMMENTARY: ESPN & R. LEE
COMMENTARY: ESPN & R. LEE

MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris has views on ESPN and political correctness.

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COMMENTARY: Museum
COMMENTARY: Museum

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.

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MTSU Professor comments on FaceBook changes
MTSU Professor comments on FaceBook changes

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..

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COMMENTARY: Newton Minnow
COMMENTARY: Newton Minnow

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.

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COMMENTARY: New Ideas
COMMENTARY: New Ideas

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.

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COMMENTARY: Secrets
COMMENTARY: Secrets

As far back as the American Revolution, government officials were giving supposedly secret information to the newspapers.

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COMMENTARY: New Movie Tech?
COMMENTARY: New Movie Tech?

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.

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COMMENTARY: The Telegraph
COMMENTARY: The Telegraph

One of the sort of fun considerations about media is the debate about which media form has had the most impact.

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COMMENTARY: Polls
COMMENTARY: Polls

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.

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COMMENTARY: Shakespeare's Death Anniversary
COMMENTARY: Shakespeare's Death Anniversary

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.

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COMMENTARY: Social Peace
COMMENTARY: Social Peace

Here's a question for you: how much social harmony can democracy tolerate? MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris has more...

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Cameras could be allowed in the U.S. Supreme Courtroom in the Future
Cameras could be allowed in the U.S. Supreme Courtroom in the Future

A bill currently making its way through Congress would allow camera coverage of U.S. appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Is Santa Real?
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Is Santa Real?

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.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Native Ads
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Native Ads

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.

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COMMENTARY: Court Coverage
COMMENTARY: Court Coverage

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.

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COMMENTARY: China Censorship
COMMENTARY: China Censorship

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.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Thoughts on the
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Thoughts on the "Donald"

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.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Tennessee Logo
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Tennessee Logo

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.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Car Radio
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Car Radio

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.

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Online Exclusive: 114th Congress must be a time for action for the American people
Online Exclusive: 114th Congress must be a time for action for the American people

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.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Parody & Satire
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Parody & Satire

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.

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Ebola Coverage
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Ebola Coverage

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.

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COMMENTARY: Family Television
COMMENTARY: Family Television

In this week's media commentary, MTSU Professor of Journalism Dr. Larry Burris explores family television.

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Commentary: Speed of News
Commentary: Speed of News

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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Facebook Experiment
Facebook Experiment

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. 

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