6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World | Cracked.com

Shared this on Facebook, and I’m sharing it again here because it’s brilliant.

6 Ways to Keep Terrorists From Ruining the World | Cracked.com.

Remember when Cracked was just a silly Mad clone? Now its editor writes something that recasts violence not as us against them but all of us against “Team Violence.” David Wong starts by changing the “scoreboard” view of things. It’s no longer, “We kill one, you kill one — we’re even.” If we both kill one, then we’re losing 2-0.

Brilliant. Optimistic. Wonderful. Read.

Journalism from North Korea: Worth the trade-off?

The AP has what the Washington Post calls the only Western reporter regularly in North Korea — a 53-year-old American named Eric Talmadge. And the Post story sees some pros and cons to the situation.

Pros:

  • He can throw cold water on rumors like Kim Jong Un being ousted or civilians being ordered to cut their hair like Kim.
  • He can get at least a glimpse of how North Koreans actually live.

Cons:

  • He’s not able to go near the tough questions of North Korea — the nuclear program, the violent purges, etc.
  • As one skeptic puts it, “AP seems to be afraid of offending its host.”

I’m inclined to go along with Talmadge’s predecessor, Jean H. Lee: “I don’t think you learn very much by not being in the place you’re covering.”

Besides, it’s not as if North Korea is the only outlet that exerts control over the media. Try North Carolina:

What’s best in almost any sort of news coverage is to have a diversity of voices. Some inside, some at a distance. Then let readers (or bloggers) synthesize what they’re seeing. If everyone’s honest, it works. If they’re not, you’ve got bigger problems.

Life’s not so bad at all, whoa-oh, live life off the wall …

Watch the trend lines, not the headlines. That’s what Slate and Vox have done, and they’re showing a world that’s in better shape than we might think based on the stuff your “serious” friends share on Facebook.

Slate offers charts and stats on homicide, sexual assault, democracy, genocide, war and even the Middle East.

Vox adds charts on poverty, hunger and health, and they cite this quote from analyst John Mueller:

Unlike breathing, eating, or sex, war is not something that is somehow required by the human condition or by the forces of history. Accordingly, war can shrivel up and disappear, and it seems to be in the process of doing so.

So if our willful ignorance wasn’t destroying the world through climate change, I’d feel pretty good right now!