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Her Girl Friday is throwing a free panel event on Monday, featuring four excellent digital projects and the ladies behind them. Open to all genders and professions. Details here. RSVP required as space is limited.
[Learn more about us here.] I hope you see you there! —Jihii
Nation’s precious Sriracha supply at risk
Hot sauce fans be warned. The Sriracha factory in Irwindale could be shut down after several complaints from nearby residents that the smell of the factory is so strong that it is causing throat pain, burning eyes and headaches.
Keep track of the latest over at L.A. Now, and follow reporter Frank Shyong, who’s hot on the trail of the alleged Sriracha dangers.
Just stuck my head into this torrent of pepper air for journalism. Slight pepper smell, not too uncomfortable. pic.twitter.com/fWlcGm4Y5m— Frank Shyong (@frankshyong)
Photos: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
"The polarized political map is now accompanied by a media ecosystem that is equally gerrymandered into districts of self-reinforcing discourse. Justice Scalia and millions of news consumers select and assemble a worldview from sources that may please them, but rarely challenge them."
Ah, the Millennials… the much probed and analyzed generation who are often (simplistically?) characterized as being less religious than previous generations. According to a poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 1 in 4 people of current 18-29 year olds say they have no religious affiliation.
While it’s true that Millennials are questioning the cultural and religious norms, these data are often reduced to headlines about Millennials being a godless lot who lack a spiritual mooring. And yet, 4 in 10 Millennials report praying every day, which is the same rate as Generation X’ers did at a similar age in the 1990s.
Polls also show that this generation has a personality distinct unto itself. They are confident and upbeat, self-expressive and open to change — whether they are secular Jews from the heart of New York City or evangelical Christians embedded in the heart of the Bible belt. They can no longer be defined in such narrow terms, neither boxed in by reductionist media framing or traditional institutional containers that once served their parents and grandparents well. They’re better educated in a way that no other generation in U.S. history has seen. And Millennials are more ethnically and racially diverse.
As Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, says in his interview with The Takeaway's John Hockenberry (audio above), Millennials are shaped by the urban and rural landscapes around them to some degree.
For the next week, we’re partnering with The Takeaway on their series “Young Nation Under God?” John Hockenberry and his producers are exploring the shifting landscape of religion in the U.S. by having a series of roundtable discussions with four groups: with secular Jews, Christians-turned-humanists, American-born Muslims experiencing a clash of cultures, and African-American millennials who remain as committed to their faith as their parents’ generation. It’s a prompt for a building dialogue about what these new demographics and cultural sensibilities mean for the future of the United States’ identity as “one nation under God.”
Each day I’ll be blogging about these roundtables, asking for your input, and asking questions of my own. For example, there’s a presupposition that America’s relationship with religion and faith is dramatically shifting:
- Is it? How so?
- Is the religious landscape shifting in seismic ways or is the expression of what it means to be faithful changing?
- What’s the nuance that’s missing from this discussion?
- How is your personal faith changing over time?
These are some of the questions we want to explore with you. Leave me a comment here. Or, better yet, inform the discussion taking place at The Takeaway each day this week. This Friday (Oct 18) at 2 pm Eastern, participate in a live chat about the role of faith in America with John Hockenberry and Lisa Pearce, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. It could be fruitful!
"Today, the day that Russian Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, several websites of the Russian Muslim community were defaced with a photo of a severed pig’s head with the Koran in its mouth."
Meet the long-forgotten women who programmed the first all-electric computer.
"In the past months, though, the Western fawning over Malala has become less about her efforts to improve conditions for girls in Pakistan, or certainly about the struggles of millions of girls in Pakistan, and more about our own desire to make ourselves feel warm and fuzzy with a celebrity and an easy message. It’s a way of letting ourselves off the hook, convincing ourselves that it’s simple matter of good guys vs. bad guys, that we’re on the right side and that everything is okay."
~ Max Fisher, The Nobel Committee did Malala a favor in passing her over for the peace prize, The Washington Post
"Another aspect of recall is emotional memory, when we relive how we felt at moments in the past — elated, sad, depressed, or angry. When we lose emotional memory of our own youth, we find that we no longer understand young people. If this forgetting progresses, we begin to lose touch with ourselves. And if we allow our emotional memories to disappear, as happens with Alzheimer’s patients, we will find a stranger staring back at us from the mirror."