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Everyone's Best Friend, Amy Poehler, Hands Out Amazingly Helpful Advice In These Troubling Times

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | July 16, 2013 | Comments ()


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In addition to her effervescently lovely work on “Parks & Recreation,” Amy Poehler has a side project called “Ask Amy.” We’ve covered a few of her videos aimed at a teenage audience and they’re all fantastic. But during this really tumultuous news week, this particular video strikes home like none other. You may think that teenage advice is beneath your dignity, but I think every single one of us could learn from the following, “If you can speak about what you care about to a person you disagree with without denigrating or insulting them then you may actually be heard. And you may even change their mind. Or they may change yours…”

I mean, pretty simple, right? But easy to lose track of. Especially on the internet. More sterling advice about forming your own opinion on the news in the video below.


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  • stella

    God i just want to be her best friend and give her sparkle cupcakes everyday. She's just the best.

  • Michelle

    THIS. YES.

  • apsutter

    She's such a magnificent woman.

  • celery

    I really could have used this when I was 12. She does a great job of making sense in an easily comprehensible way.

  • BlackRabbit

    Hell, I could use more of it NOW.

  • koko temur

    I get my news from a smart phone app that uploads links from all over the world. Once in a while, and more in the past two days, im sent to american "newspapers" that claim Zimmerman case happened because of Obama and other "race peddlers" needed to control people better.
    And im not even sad about it anymore, just legitimately terrified.

  • Maguita NYC

    "Watch less local news and read more".

    Amy is still the coolest chick in my book. The way she talks openly and without reservation about pursuing and getting your own answers just made me love her even more!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'd disagree with "watch less local news" thing though, because I think it's valuable for kids to actually follow the news - and there are about 12 other things that they could cut back on to find reading time.

  • Maguita NYC

    Fifteen years ago you would have been very right. I always thought watching the news every night was a necessity, but one must admit that it has become nauseating, oft nonfactual (depending on network), and could more poison developing minds than nurture.

    Best pick up a book or a newspaper... Although I have reservations as well with certain "news" papers; guess variety is here spice for a keener mind.

  • Conan has done a really good job of pointing out just how pointless local news is these days. They show a montage of a bunch of local newscasts from all over the country saying the same line while doing the intro of some puff piece. Not only are they not doing their own reporting, they're not even writing their own copy.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm not surprised by this. I believe only about 1 or 2 serious venues get the news, and the rest recycles it as they see it fit.

    True journalism is almost good and dead.

  • emmalita

    The local news is often loaded with alarmist fear-mongering. If your local news provides you with actual useful information beyond the weather, you are one of the lucky ones. I stopped watching the local news when I got tired of being told all the ways household goods were going to kill me and the nightly "dramatic" car chase/standoff/traffic incident. I do watch the national news and read the newspaper.

    Edit: I do agree kids should be encouraged to follow the news, and then taught to think critically about the news.

  • e jerry powell

    And in some markets, local newscasts can be almost as partisan as the 24-hour news channels (though here in Austin - certainly as opposed to the rest of Texas - the news teams seem to be making conscious efforts to be more impartial, even during sweeps).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm in NYC. I don't have a ritual of watching the nightly news - but do I want to know if school budget cuts are being made, subway service is going to be curtailed over the weekend, or there's a serial rapist in a certain neighborhood? yes, I do.

    The local standoff/car chase happened...locally. When I see a whole bunch of firetrucks somewhere on my ride home, or a lot of copters in one area - yeah, I do want to know what happened. In fact, my problem is that being in NYC the news isn't local ENOUGH.

    Local news isn't perfect, and yes, it's got random high school sports fluff, but what I've seen in Allentown, or Baltimore area, or central Jersey - it's got value. It ties you to the small community, it ties you to the nearby large city, and it provides national news.

  • emmalita

    You are one of the lucky ones. On my local news I would get the serial rapist (unless he was raping black women and then nothing, true story) and then how my refrigerator MIGHT be growing a bacteria that MIGHT mutate into a deadly killer. Only the most sensationalist stories told in the most sensationalist way. And then the weather and sports. And then we'd close with a feel good or cute pet story. If I want to know about what's happening with local government I have to go to radio, blogs, or community newspapers. My local NPR station does a really good job of covering local issues, so I listen to that.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    well, local news can include your local PBS station - it doesn't have to be a network. And I get my news predominantly from the newspaper. But often if I want something very specific, I look to NY1 - they often cover the stories that are a little smaller than the NYTimes.

    of course, the impending demise of worthy local newspapers is much more of an issue, when we're looking at major cities losing daily papers.

  • L.O.V.E.

    This is very cool and I had no idea of its existence until now. So, a sincere thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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