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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 The Year of Mean


Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas on "Dancing with the Stars."
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Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas on "Dancing with the Stars."
So, we're getting meaner! What's it to ya?
NPR's All Things Considered asks if we are finally leaving behind "The Year of Being Mean," supported with just a few points below:
Broadcaster Pat Robertson saying the people of Haiti had basically brought an earthquake upon themselves.
The meanness meter went pretty high in 2010 — at least that's the premise of a conversation on All Things Consideredtoday between host Robert Siegel and satirist/blogger Andy Borowitz.
He argues that this was one of the meanest years since 1651 — when Thomas Hobbes wrote The Leviathan and, in Andy's words, made the case that man is at war "with each other all the time, 24/7."

Worth a listen: A decade of rapid change

Remember Y2K? That's beginning to seem like a long time ago, now. Morning Edition takes some time to remember how much has happened since the turn of the century. Listen for a decade of history in this audio montage from National Public Radio...just the tip of the iceberg on the Millennial Decade, click here.

Dam Short Film Festival Founder Lee Lanier's new film (early draft photo)



Lee Lanier is an award-winning animator and short film director whose work has played over 200 festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide. Before forming his own animation company, BeezleBug Bit LLC, Lee served as a Senior Animator at Dreamworks/PDI on the films "Antz" and "Shrek." When he's not busy with the festival, lee also writes software books. Lee serves as the festival's Executive Director.