How the media stokes compassion. And why it's a double-edged sword.

Compassion is one of several news values that determine if a story is published.

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  • How the media frame a story can influence who the audience feels compassionate toward.
  • Part of telling a story requires combatting inherent obstacles to sustained compassion.
  • Compassion is one of several news values that determine if a story is published.
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Here’s how to get the best advice at work

New research suggests that we should think twice before asking for input from a very wide range of people.

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‘Civility’ is a loaded word, and we need it more than ever

Eli Pariser explains why we can't just think of civility as being polite to one another.

  • Often, disenfranchised groups are seen as acting uncivil when they protest their conditions, such as the civil rights movement, the #metoo movement, and others.
  • In this way, the word 'civility' can be subverted to refer to maintaining the status quo. Instead, we should reframe our idea of civility as a respect for human dignity, rather than mere politeness.
  • The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
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Why compassion fades

A scientific look into a ubiquitous phenomenon.

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  • As a stand-up comedian, Pete Holmes knows how words can manipulate audiences — for good and bad.
  • Words aren't just words. They stich together our social fabric, helping establish and maintain relationships.
  • Holmes has a clever linguistic exercise meant to bring you closer to the people around you.




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