Diane Blair

The Moral Is
2:06 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Commentary: The Language Of Fear Should Be Our Real Concern

Diane Blair

It seems lately that we are bombarded by social and international crises and threats.  Incurable diseases and clandestine terrorists are lurking, and social institutions are cracking.  Our sense of security is in question.  In this edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State Communication Professor Diane Blair explores this rhetoric of fear, which she argues has reached new heights in our public discourse and deliberation.

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The Moral Is
11:20 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Commentary: Time To Give Ex-Felons Voting Rights

Diane Blair

Felony disenfranchisement laws have a long history in the United States, but individual state laws vary considerably. Recently the U.S. Attorney General called on states to consider repealing laws that prohibit felons from voting after their release from prison. In this edition of The Moral Is Fresno State Communication Professor Diane Blair explores the topic of felony disenfranchisement and suggests that our own civic virtue and commitment to democracy is what is at stake in the issue.

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The Moral Is
1:07 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Commentary: Education Key To Ending Sexual Assaults On Campus

Fresno State Communications Professor Diane Blair

Earlier this month the Obama administration released the names of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints.  The problem of sexual assault and rape on college campuses is significant.  In this edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair says a culture change in this area will require education, and a lot more. 

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The Moral Is
7:55 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Commentary: Response To Multilingual Coke Ad Displays Deep Divide On Immigration

A screen capture from the Coca-Cola Superbowl ad
Credit Youtube.com / Coca-Cola

With the issue of comprehensive immigration reform once again stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, the nation's deep divide on immigration remains vivid. In this edition of FM89's commentary series  The Moral Is, Fresno State Communication Professor Diane Blair argues that it is our own paradoxical and spiteful rhetoric about immigrants and immigration that is paralyzing politicians and the nation when it comes to reasonable reform.

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The Moral Is
8:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Commentary: Are We Willing to Trade Privacy For Assumed Surveillance?

Diane Blair

Recent revelations that the government has been monitoring and analyzing phone calls and on-line activities raises questions about the role of Big Data in our lives, especially when it comes to our privacy rights. In this segment of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair explores the role of digital communication technologies and our own complicity in the loss of personal privacy.

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The Moral Is
3:56 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Commentary: Political Civility Requires More Than Respect

Diane Blair

With today's poisonous atmosphere in Washington, D.C., calls for a return to politeness and civility in politics are common. But in this edition of our commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor Diane Blair says the real issue is the ability to compromise. 

The views expressed on The Moral Is are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Valley Public Radio.

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