Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen, an emeritus professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, collaborates with Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute. He is the author of several books, including The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men and  Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully. He can be reached at rjensen@austin.utexas.edu or through his website.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Beyond Hope, A 'Gratifying Life'
After a recent talk about the struggle for social justice and the threats to the ecosystem, a student lingered, waiting to talk to me alone, as if he had something to confess.
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
NY Times: No Conflict of Interest - With the Conventional Wisdom
The New York Times' public editor wrestled this week with conflict-of-interest charges sparked by the revelation that Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner's son had joined the Israeli army .
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Monday, January 25, 2010
Great Television Makes Bad Journalism: Media Failures in Haiti Coverage
CNN's star anchor Anderson Cooper narrates a chaotic street scene in Port-au-Prince. A boy is struck in the head by a rock thrown by a looter from a roof. Cooper helps him to the side of the road, and then realizes the boy is disoriented and unable to get away. Laying down his digital camera (but still being filmed by another CNN camera), Cooper picks up the boy and lifts him over a barricade to safety, we hope.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
How I Stopped Hating Thanksgiving and Learned to Be Afraid
I have stopped hating Thanksgiving and learned to be afraid of the holiday.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Is Obama a Socialist? Reflection on the Degradation of Politics and the Ecosystem
For months, leftists have been pointing out the absurdity of the claim that Barack Obama is a socialist. But no matter how laughable, the claim keeps popping up, most recently in the form of the Republican Party chairman's warning of "a socialist power grab" by Democrats.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Can Journalism Schools Be Relevant in a World on the Brink?
Journalism schools have much in common with the mainstream news media they traditionally serve. As the business model for conventional corporate journalism collapses and digital technologies reshape the media landscape, journalism schools struggle with parallel problems around curricula and personnel.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Feminism's Challenge: Articulating Alternatives to Unsustainable Hierarchies
"What is the most important challenge facing women in the 21st century, and why?" That one isn't easy for anyone to answer, especially in 300 words or less. But that was the assignment from editors of the University of Texas' web site for faculty members contributing to the "Many Voices of Feminism" collection, which is online at http://www.utexas.edu/features/2009/03/09/feminisms/ .
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Monday, January 19, 2009
A "Citizens' Oath of Office" for Inauguration Day 2009
Eight long years ago at a counter-inaugural event in Austin, TX, I administered a "Citizen's Oath of Office" to the people who had come together on the steps of the state Capitol to challenge the legitimacy of the incoming Bush administration and its right-wing agenda. In 2005 I offered a revised version that expanded on our duties during even more trying times.
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Monday, March 24, 2008
Look Beyond War and Peace to Global Justice
Now that we have passed the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, it's a good time to step back for a look not at how we went wrong but what we need to do to get on the right path. It has long been a staple of the anti-war movement that there can be no meaningful peace without justice on a global scale. Those of us living in the First World, especially in the United States, cannot pretend to be working for peace unless we also are working for a more just and equitable distribution of the world's resources.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Investigative Journalism Project Reveals Problem at Core of Mainstream Journalism
Pro Publica, an initiative launched last month in the United States to help revitalize investigative journalism, is a great idea trapped by the worst aspects of the best instincts in contemporary corporate commercial journalism. The project reminds us of important values at the core of the craft of journalism, but also exposes the common political confusions of mainstream journalists that so often undermine their best efforts.
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