It's interesting to look back over the Twentieth Century and to study presidential elections in America. Beginning with the boisterous enthusiasm of Teddy Roosevelt who set the tone for what became 'the American Century," optimism and vision have always won the day. Across the globe we are seeing hopeful signs, even amidst the dangers of the War on Terror – even amidst the strongholds of false religions in Asia and Africa – even amidst the stronghold of secularism in Europe a
A few years ago my family enjoyed the animated movie “The Croods” about a prehistoric family that spent every day fearfully trying to survive. Each morning the father rolled aside the rock from the front of their cave and reminded his family how dangerous it was outside. “Never not be afraid,” he admonished them. This is the same message we have heard from the media all our lives, isn’t it? But in journalism school I learned one of the media’s dirty little secret: fear sells.