Dr. Larry Burriss


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  It’s been said that it is better to debate an issue and not have it settled, than to settle an issue with no debate. And that’s precisely where we are with the latest revelations about the National Security Agency and our personal phone and Internet records.

Unfortunately, there are so many issues involved, it’s hard to know where to begin.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Somehow I thought we were done with various government agencies secretly accessing reporters’ phone records, but apparently not. As we learned last week, the Justice Department covertly seized information about the phone calls of some 20 news organizations. The records, by the way, were not obtained from the media organizations themselves, but from various phone companies.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  There has been a lot of talk lately about cloning. You know, recreating extinct plants or animals.

But here’s an interesting bit of news about bringing something back from the dead: A team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has re-created the very first web page, designed in 1992 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. And unlike the first connections, which were pretty much limited to universities and government agencies, today anyone can go to the CERN web site and see what was going on a little more than 20 years ago.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  We all know television can bring us memorable visuals, and can provide an immediacy that is, quite frankly, impossible for newspapers and magazines. But that immediacy can lead to lack of details that can only be developed over time.

I’m not talking about errors that come from not having enough time to completely check sources and facts. I’m talking about how newspapers, and magazines, can provide documentation not available via video.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  This Friday is World Intellectual Property Day, an event that marks the 1970 founding of the World Intellectual Property Organization. This U-N agency has more than 170 nations as members, and was created to "promote the use and protection of works of the human spirit."

Around the world the organization has taken on added significance because of the growth in counterfeit goods, such as computer games, movies and clothes. It has been estimated that some 7 per cent of global economy is based on counterfeit products.