Media Mashup: September 14, 2015

droneDrones Away?

The National Interest looks at drone technology, posing interesting questions and their use. “Drones are undoubtedly a boon to many areas of society, from emergency response to industry to academia, yet they also present vulnerabilities and threats never before considered. We have heard about drones causing dangerous situations for manned aircraft and emergency responders. We have heard about drones becoming a tool of perverts, spies and criminals everywhere, as well as a hovering, disruptive expression of nationalism and team spirit. Much of the specious chatter conflates prescriptive societal risk with the actual risk impact from negligent or nefarious drones. In reality, the actual risk posed by recreational and commercial drones is unknown. We lack the data. So, while we must absolutely move forward to rapidly get ahead of the “drone threat” we must expend equal if not more effort trying to understand what the “drone threat” is. Furthermore, the potential counters to negligent and nefarious drone use are as varied and complicated as the uses of drones themselves.” For more see,

Drone Away: Brian Williams

It is with much sadness and disdain that I note the reemergence of Brian Williams, who will return from his suspension for lying to assume new duties on MSNBC.

The network brass apparently does not see the irony of putting a liar on the air when Pope Francis arrives in the United States.

Drone Away II: Rolling Role and Rape

The sexual assault activist who introduced Rolling Stone to “Jackie,” a woman who lied about being gang-raped, has left the University of Virginia.

“I don’t want to say it’s been the worst year of my life, but it has been the worst year of my life,” Emily Renda said.

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone is trying to prevent access to information about the bogus story in a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia administrator. So much for transparency! See

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to



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