Janie B. Cheaney

Janie lives in Missouri, is a columnist for WORLD, writes novels for young adults, and is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series. She also reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

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Heaping doses of contempt

Faith & Inspiration | American public discourse severely lacks ‘heartedness’
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/30/18, 03:17 pm

In a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School last year, Arthur Brooks, of the American Enterprise Institute, analyzed the state of public discourse: “We don’t have an anger problem in American politics. We have a contempt problem in American politics.” Though “Contempt” was not the subject of the lecture, audio engineers chose those comments to feature in a promotional video on Facebook. Within a very short time, the video had received over 12 million views—making Brooks think he might have touched a nerve.

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In too deep?

Culture | The manipulation of images and voices is moving off the sidelines
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/15/18, 10:23 am

In the last week of 2016, I lined up at the box office to see Rogue One, the Star Wars prequel. I had not heard much about it beforehand, so I was startled by the appearance of Grand Moff Tarkin (villain of Star Wars: A New Hope), played by the original actor from 1977. Peter Cushing had been dead for 22 years, but his head was masterfully superimposed on the body of a live actor. The appearance of a young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in the last moment of the film enhanced the creep factor, as her death on Dec. 27 was still headline news.

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Branched out

Courts | The Supreme Court wasn’t supposed to have the mighty authority it claims
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/01/18, 10:04 am

How did an unassuming Sacramento lawyer become the most powerful man in America?

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