Nominated and screened for the 2018 Bronze Lens Festival, Garfield Wang’s “Man In Focus” is a non-commercial short film that intends to raise awareness of the impact public opinions can have on an individual’s life and promote social justice. The film deals with the unjust situation a citizen patrol volunteer is in when he is misunderstood by the public and has to prove his innocence to the authorities. On the night of September 10, a citizen patrol volunteer named Aaron found a suspicious backpack by Arlington Church and reported it to Officer Moore. After that, the police defused the explosive backpack and Aaron was interviewed by Clark, the Channel 7 reporter, as a hero on TV. However, due to the history Aaron had with the facility manager of the church, the police decided to investigate him when they had no other clues. The reporters witnessed it as the officers took evidence from Aaron’s house and then began to depict him as a suspect, though he was … [Read more...] about TRAILER: “Man In Focus” Zeroes in on Tensions Between Public Opinion and Justice
Public opinion analyst Karlyn Bowman said Thursday that today's media culture in the U.S. has given rise to controversial figures like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. “It’s part of a media culture that gives these things so much prominence," Bowman told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Bowman's remarks came in response to Concha's assertion that Jones received more attention after Facebook moved to take down four of his pages on the platform as part of the company's effort to combat misinformation. “People now know who Alex Jones is. There’s actually more of an interest because they say ‘what’s all this fuss about?’ Maybe he’s been turned into a martyr," Concha said. "I think the unattended consequences here were ‘okay we’re going to squash Alex Jones because he’s hateful and he’s bad for the country, but he’s going to pop up somewhere else?'" "If they … [Read more...] about Public opinion analyst: ‘Media culture’ has helped give rise to controversial figures
Molly Beck and Patrick Marley Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 10:30 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker seeks to change public perception of a $4 billion taxpayer-funded package for Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn in four new ads tailored for the areas of Wisconsin they will be seen. Walker's campaign produced ads for western Wisconsin, southeastern Wisconsin, northern and central Wisconsin and for the Green Bay area — with each featuring businesses or projects in those areas. The ads will begin airing Tuesday and seek to convince voters of two things: That the $10 billion facility planned for Racine County will benefit other areas of the state, and that state taxpayers haven't paid more for the plant than it's worth. "Foxconn will earn tax credits based on actual investment in job creation. No jobs and investment? No credits," Walker says in each ad, filmed on the grounds of the planned Foxconn site in Mount Pleasant. Voters are … [Read more...] about Scott Walker seeks to change public opinion of Foxconn project in four new ads
WASHINGTON (Circa) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not a politician, but he should still be watching his poll numbers, according to public policy experts. Recent polls suggest Americans are losing patience for the man leading the investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and possible collusion with the Russian government. Nearly one year after the appointment of the special counsel, the polls were taken against the backdrop of escalating political attacks on Mueller and his team as well as mounting legal pressure on former Trump associates and the president himself. CBS News released a poll this week showing the majority of Americans (53 percent) believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is "politically motivated." Only 44 percent of respondents said the probe is "justified." An overwhelming majority of Republicans (88 percent) said they believe the investigation is political. The poll reflects a shift in public attitude from … [Read more...] about Public opinion turns on Mueller: Will this embolden Trump to fire the special counsel?
In a recent issue of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, I had a letter to the editor published in which I criticized the action of the Legislature for cutting funds for education and cheating our young people.With the exception of my family and friends, I received no “thumbs up” or “how dare you criticize” or even a “go to hell” comment from any politician.That goes to show how little the legislators pay attention to public opinion. I heard an expression once that states, “Talking to a politician with his mind made up is like talking to a brick”; and, by the way, we are going to need a lot of bricks to repair or rebuild the prison, not just stop-gap measures. … [Read more...] about Legislators pay very little attention to public opinion