How Television Can Evolve Past the FCC

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Garrett Summers | United States

On the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub discussed the kinks with the launch of ESPN+ and UFC events. They also talked about how not everyone has a television that can connect to the internet, but it is apparent that the US is moving in that direction. They said it was likely that ESPN saw this too and decided to start their streaming service now so that the bugs would be worked out by the time the consumers are more able to access this kind of content. What they did not to elaborate on was what this meant for cable and satellite providers. Once the majority of Americans are able to access the internet via their televisions, it is possible for television stations to broadcast their own content without the cable middle man or the FCC.

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Lying to Congress Should Not Be a Crime

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TJ Roberts | United States

The Buzzfeed report alleging Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was false. This surprised no one so long as they have an IQ above room temperature. It’s Buzzfeed. They’re notoriously dishonest. But let’s suppose they told the truth. What if Cohen’s lying to Congress was a direct result of Donald Trump ordering him to do so? While pundits would feign outrage, let’s be real; who cares? The idea that lying to Congress should be a federal crime is one of the great ironies of American Law.

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The Fragile State of Human Mortality

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Roman King | United States

There comes from time to time a moment when man must contemplate his own mortality, and come face to face with the inordinate truth that, like it or not, we have a limited time on this mortal soil. And it should also come with that knowledge that at any moment, no matter how crude or cruel, we may suffer that terrible fate, stolen from the machine of life, stolen from our loved ones, stolen from humanity. Such crises, God willing, will not happen often in any one person’s life. But time to time, tragedy strikes with the cruel, cold hand of a tyrant, punishing the innocent, and leaving behind a wake of horror. Such is the harsh reality of life; that we are subject to the ultimate truth that we are here for a limited amount of time, often times not nearly long enough.

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All Police Officers Should Wear Body Cams

Francis Folz | United States

On February 6th of this year, it was made public that the NYPD will be making body cams part of the standard uniform for its nearly 40,000 officers. This is good news since the use of body cams holds law enforcement accountable for their actions in uniform. It also largely removes the “my word against yours” aspect of police misconduct claims. 

Claims of criminal conduct by our police are widespread. American police are far more lethal than other developed nations per capita. American police, on average, take over one thousand civilian lives a year. In light of these facts, we must ask ourselves how come all police officers aren’t wearing body cams? 

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