Dr. Larry Burriss

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  I was walking down the hall the other day, and a young lady sitting in a chair, said, “Good morning, how are you today” as I walked by. So I said, “Pretty good. How are you,” but then I realized she wasn’t talking to me at all. She was talking to someone with her Bluetooth device.

Ooops. The same thing happened a few hours later, and in fact seems to be a pretty common occurrence.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer to be hired by the Metropolitan Opera. And in 1955, she became the first black singer to have a major role in a Met production.

But fifteen years earlier, and 74 years ago Tuesday, on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Anderson sang a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, putting on display what Arturo Toscanini said was a voice that came along only once a century.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  What do most Americans know about foreign cultures, and what kinds of pictures of foreign countries do we get from the news? Well, there is something of a formula for the kinds of news we get about other places: floods, famine and fires; coups and catastrophes. Or, if there is good news, it's all about foods, festivals and famous people.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  How many of you complain about your spouse spending too much time using the microwave oven? Or, how many times have you said, “I think I’ll go in the kitchen and use the sink?”

Sounds pretty silly, doesn’t it? After all, these are simply tools we use to do something else.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) --  At an educational conference I’m attending, two strands keep coming up: students at all levels don't know how to read, compute, communicate or think, and the negative impact the media are having on those same students.

Well, at the risk of sounding old-fashioned or corny, I would like to propose that we use the media to provide a remedy for all of these educational deficiencies.