Context, Critical Thinking, Continuous Learning: Project Do Better
When I lived in Izmir, a Turkish TV spot shocked me: it showed an image of an elderly Black man, evidently homeless, sleeping in a stairwell directly beneath a sign that pointed up the stairs and read “White House” followed by the caption “Yorum Yok” or “No Comment.” This was about the same time that a major Turkish newspaper criticized the Erdoğan government over the death by hypothermia of an elderly homeless man up in Istanbul, sparking outrage among my Turkish coworkers. These two media pieces, taken together, led me to wonder about the links between the media and public policy.
When I was a kid, PBS School House Rock spots taught me things like the Preamble to the US Constitution, and how bills become law. These and other PBS shows like Sesame Street demonstrated the concept of cooperation and taught a generation of kids…
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