About Joe Baur

Joe Baur is a freelance writer, filmmaker and satirist with a diverse array of interests including travel, adventure, craft beer, health, urban issues, culture and politics. He ranks his allegiances in the order of Cleveland, the state of Ohio and the Rust Belt, and enjoys a fried egg on a variety of meats. Joe has a B.A. in Mass Communication with a focus on production from Miami University. Follow him at joebaur.com and on Twitter @BaurJoe
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Why American Media Outlets Should Open Their Eyes

American media outlets seem to prefer squinting to, pardon the trite expression, keeping their eyes peeled. What’s going on in the world right now? ISIS and Ukraine with plot lines as simplistic as a Michael Bay film. We good. They bad. Got it. This is the type of narrative American media outlets are drawn to.…
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United States for Peace

History has seen its fair share of empires since humans first began to realize the perks of being a superpower. You generally win geopolitical disputes before they begin, you get to shape the international narrative and smaller voices are often too afraid to challenge your reign. But with these perks comes a downside that every…
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How Ferguson Might Be Changing American Perceptions

The United States of America is the greatest country on Earth. God spent five days creating this holy temple of freedom, hastily vomiting the rest of the world out of His celestial mouth in one day like a Jackson Pollock painting. Most of us are taught some form of this myth growing up under Uncle…
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Should You Say You’re From The City If You Live In The Suburbs?

The latest in the cities vs. suburbs debate seems to be that of identification. Is it okay to say you’re from the city when you really live in the suburbs? Or should such behavior be ruthlessly ridiculed until the offender admits where they’re actually from? Laura Bliss and Sam Sturgis over a City Lab say…
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Religiously Indifferent: How My Parents Raised Me in a Culture Obsessed with Ideology

It seems we Americans are increasingly obsessed with ideology. Everything from our television programs to social media networks is screened through our preferred belief systems. The desire to be challenged has been largely dismissed by the general American populace, preferring the agreeable to anything remotely intellectually stimulating. Russell Brand on his pledge against voting? No…
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