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The Media’s Political Narrative Default for Tragedies + Today’s Digest

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Political Narratives Are the Media’s Default in Times of Tragedy

Gerald Baker—Wall Street Journal

We often look at the way the media’s coverage impacts the contours of our public discourse. In Gerry Baker’s latest column, he looks at the instinct to turn every news story almost immediately into a debate about which government programs should be started to address the problem.

An Honest Look at the Consequences of Overturning Roe v. Wade

Jessica Keating—Church Life Journal

The director of the Notre Dame Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives takes a tour through the various political effects of Roe v. Wade ending, looking at the best polling data on the intricacies of abortion opinion and extrapolating what the next steps might be.

The Self is a Problem

Jake Meador—Mere Orthodoxy

Where does the modern desire to construct the self come from? Could it begin with the rejection of ontological density that took place during colonialism? Mere Orthoxy’s editor-in-chief makes a provocative if unexpected argument about the roots of our contemporary identity crisis.

The Sermon of the Wolf

Eleanor Parker—Plough

This inspiring tale focuses on how one leader, looking at an apocalyptic Viking invasion facing his people nevertheless found hope through self-improvement.

To Build a Pro-Natal Culture, Don’t Overlook Maternal Mental Health

Amber Lapp—Institute of Family Studies

Do conversations about building a pro-natal culture too often fall to abstractions? Are we tackling the “earthy concreteness” of the struggles and difficulties? Amber Lapp suggests bridging the gap between the abstract and the practical may be the key to building a durable cultural shift.

About the author

C.D. Cunningham

C.D. Cunningham is the managing editor of Public Square magazine. After graduating from BYU-Idaho, he studied religion at Harvard University Extension. He serves on the board of the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association.
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