PATT MORRISON SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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1:06 – 1:39: OPEN
1:41:30 – 1:58:30
“The Hunger Games”– not just for kids anymore
“The Hunger Games” is huge at the box office already, and huge among young adults – here’s your primer to the phenomenon you may not have heard about until now – and why its premise has such a grip on teens and twenty-somethings. The movie opens tomorrow and it has already broken records for advance sales with over a million tickets pre-sold. Box office projections are hyping a $130 to $140 million debut this coming weekend. Part of the phenomenal appeal of the film is that although it is based on a young adult novel, moviegoers of all ages are anticipating the film’s opening with equally baited breath. Other book-inspired franchises like “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” did well across age groups but neither had the pre-hype or breathless excitement we are seeing with this film.
Albert Lee, senior editor, US Weekly magazine, which edited the recently released a special Hunger Games bookazine
George Dunn, professor of philosophy at University of Indianapolis and co-editor, “The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason”
Grae (Gray) Drake, film critic at Fandango and movies.com
2:06 – 2:19
Controversial ‘stand your ground’ laws disputed after Florida shooting
The tragic killing of Trayvon Martin and the initial decision by the police not to arrest shooter George Zimmerman have focused public attention on Florida's controversial ‘stand your ground’ law. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, but many observers can't understand how a grown man with a gun can plausibly claim that he was forced to kill an unarmed teenager. So-called ‘stand your ground’ laws in Florida and in more than a dozen other states allow people to legally use deadly force if they have reasonable fear an assailant could seriously harm them or someone else. In the five years before the law's 2005 approval in Florida, the state averaged 12 justifiable homicides a year, according to the state Department of Law Enforcement. In the six years since, the average is 33. Opponents maintain that these laws encourage dangerous vigilante justice and they blame National Rifle Association lobbyists in part for pushing the legislation, and have demanded their abolishment. How do laws like Florida’s get on the books? Where do we draw the line between self-defense and murder? When facing danger, should citizens stand their ground or do they have a duty to retreat?
Adam Winkler, constitutional law professor at UCLA; author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America”
2:21:30 – 2:39
Hey, you, with the picture of Rihanna. You don’t own that – is Pinterest the new Napster?
Whether you’re a business or an individual, if you’re online, you’re using images. But who owns the images and how carefully are people paying attention to copyright? While the dust has (mostly) settled on early blogosphere squabbling about unauthorized reposting of written content, are we in for a new era of arguments about image permissions? Recent reports estimate that 70% of all Facebook activities – from “liking” to commenting – revolve around photos, and last month Shareaholic.com reported that Pinterest, a site where users “pin” images they like to digital bulletin boards, beat behemoths Bing, Google, and Twitter in web traffic referral. Have you ever considered that you might not have the right to repost that image of that incredible Eames chair? Those wedding dresses you love? Join Patt as she susses out who loses and who wins when it comes to the image wars.
Sasha Strauss, brand strategist and founder of Innovation Protocol, a management consulting firm focused on brand marketing
Sean Broihier [BROY-er], CEO of FineArtAmerica, an online service representing 95,000 artists whose images are available for purchase
Kirsten Kowalski [KO-wall-ski], lawyer and portrait photographer; wrote the blog post “Why I tearfully deleted my Pinterest inspirations boards”
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
What can be done about America’s bullying problem?
If you follow the news over the last few years, it appears that bullying, in its many forms, is a nationwide epidemic. From name-calling to gay-bashing to physical violence to school shootings, acts of intimidation, dominance, and aggression among classmates are becoming increasingly frequent. For many children, school has become a hostile, dangerous, and frightening place, where it is impossible to learn. The emotional cost can be devastating, leading to despair, depression, and in some cases, suicide. Is bullying just “part of growing up,” a sign of “being a man,” something every kid must endure – or perpetuate? Sociologist Jessie Klein has researched this issue for decades. In her new book she explores the roots of the problem, including pressure to conform to gender expectations, the ways children are taught to value social status and power and how a school’s culture can contribute to destructive patterns of behavior. To change the behavior, Klein believes, we must first change the culture that reinforces it.
Jessie Klein (F), assistant sociologist/criminal justice professor at Adelphi University and author of “The Bully Society: School Shooting and the Crisis in America’s Schools”
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