Articles by The Proversation

A New Proversation

Posted: August 18, 2022 by Brian Johnston

The Proversation will be moving away from news and politics and setting forth on a path toward self-actualization within a life of meaning. We will strive to truly provide you an alternative to the negativity that permeates all media these days. No more CON-versations, we are here to bring the PRO-versation: a positive way forward to a more satisfying life.

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Social Media Censorship

Posted: January 22, 2021 by Proversation Design Admin

Trump supporters have complained for months that they were being unfairly targeted with Fact-Checking on Facebook. Meanwhile, posts from the left appeared to be under no similar scrutiny. When Twitter shut down @RealDonaldTrump after the insurrection at the Capitol, his supporters were outraged. Is the right being unfairly judged on social media, and does it represent a violation of their First Amendment rights?

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Insurrection at the Capitol: Crime and Punishment

Posted: January 13, 2021 by Proversation Design Admin

The FBI and D.C. Metro Police Department have identified nearly 120 perpetrators in the attack on the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Now that participants and primary actors have been arrested, the question is clear: What charges should they face, and what sentences should be meted out in order to bring these people to justice and prevent future sedition?

Police brutality, protests, and vigilantes–to what end?

Posted: August 29, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Another instance of police violence against an unarmed black man in Kenosha leads to the paralyzation of Jacob Blake. Protests turn to riots and downtown Kenosha burns, bringing guns and militia the next night. Unrest turns ugly as a 17-year-old vigilante kills 2 and injures a third. Where do we draw the line between protesting and rioting? How do we repair the relationship between police and the black community? Does any of the violence bring us any closer to justice or change?

Remotely Proversational

Posted: August 4, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Like many workplaces, The Proversation finally moves forward using ZOOM. In this episode, Rick and Brian freestyle across a swath of topics including coping with unemployed life, the upcoming school year, and a Wisconsin lake party that attracted many hundreds of people while the state is under a mask mandate.

A Reason for Hope

Posted: May 30, 2020 by Brian Johnston

America's soul is aching in the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd. Far from an isolated incident, injustices of this magnitude find ourselves questioning the very nature of humanity. Today I spent the day in the middle of a community reeling in pain, but I came out on the other side with a warmer heart and a renewed sense of hope. I'd like to try to bring you along for the ride because the destination is peaceful.

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Posted: March 31, 2020 by Brian Johnston

With social distancing in full effect until the end of April and orders to stay at home nationwide, America enters new, uncharted territory: telecommuting, home-schooling, and self-isolation. What can we do to cope with constant contact with our families and how can we view this as an opportunity rather than a challenge?

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Posted: March 6, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

Arguably our most primal of human emotions, fear serves us by protecting us from harm. But are our fears rational or irrational? Can we overcome them? What makes us choose fight or flight? Peer into the darkest corners of what makes us human in today's Proversation.

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What is SUCCESS?

Posted: February 28, 2020 by Proversation Design Admin

While the yardstick by which we measure success is personal and relative, is it something that requires recalibration periodically? Most of us get so busy supporting a family that we never even ask the question: What does success look like to me? We've got our eyes on the prize in today's Proversation.

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