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Daniel Burrus

Stop the Presses: The Future of Newspapers

Daniel Burrus | Posted April 12, 2012

According to the Newspaper Association of America, 2011 was not a good year for newspaper advertising, with total revenue down 7.3% -- almost $2 billion, and a percentage point more than the previous year's loss.

To be blunt, that's not surprising. In fact, what is surprising is that it was...

Clarence B. Jones

The Amazing Grace of America

Clarence B. Jones | Posted April 12, 2012

"The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without...

Ari Rabin-Havt

From Dog Whistles to Air Raid Sirens

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted April 12, 2012

Conservatives and liberals shared a rare moment of interideological unity last week in condemning the racist ranting of John Derbyshire, which ultimately ended his residency at the National Review.

The irony is that Derbyshire's racism, while deplorable, is not nearly as corrosive to...

Dr. Peggy Drexler

Role Models and the Real World

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted April 12, 2012

"Who will be my role model, now that my role model is gone?" -- Paul Simon

These are tough times for role models.

I'm not a football fan, and I haven't spent a lot of time in Arkansas. A week ago, you could have told me that Bobby Petrino...

Liz Smith

Clint Hill's Tender And Loving Memories Of America's Most Famous, Fabulous And Fascinating First Lady--Jackie!

Liz Smith | Posted April 13, 2012

"TRUE LOVE is like a ghost: everyone talks of it, but few have met it face to face."
--La Rochefoucauld

  • I HAVE delayed writing much about a new book titled "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" because, frankly, every time I look at it, I choke up. This is the story...
Christina Patterson

If a Nobel Laureate Can't Speak Out, Who Can?

Christina Patterson | Posted April 12, 2012

"It is difficult," said the American poet William Carlos Williams, "to get the news from poems." In a normal week, he'd be right. In a normal week, you'd be quite lucky, at least in the Western world, to find a poem that talked about what was happening in the news,...

Eric Alterman

Think Again: The Ryan Budget Show, Part 2

Eric Alterman | Posted April 12, 2012

A year ago I wrote a column here -- and another in The Nation -- addressing the confusing phenomenon of the odd love being shown by allegedly liberal and moderate pundits for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his shockingly regressive, budget-busting tax and spending plans. Here a few...

Rabbi Rachel Gartner

Leave Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis List in Mitzrayim

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted April 12, 2012

As Passover 2007 began, the Jewish community first became tethered to Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis List. As Passover 2012 ends, let's finally break the bonds, and liberate ourselves from it. America has enough idols. Let's smash this one (the list, not the rabbis). It's time to say dayenu -- enough...

Greg Ruggiero

What Is Solidarity? A Pamphleteer's Occupation

Greg Ruggiero | Posted April 12, 2012

Who in their right mind would start a new small press at a time when the economy is so bad, e-books are rising, and book stores, libraries and perhaps the printed word itself are getting shoved down the same path as vinyl records and record stores?

Why bother to sink...

Annette Bourdeau

Joss Whedon Tackles Big-Screen Horror: He Truly Does It All

Annette Bourdeau | Posted April 12, 2012

Joss Whedon is no stranger to scary stuff like demons, vampires, werewolves, outlaw space cowboys and creepy corporations that pimp out programmed humans, but this week's release of The Cabin in the Woods marks his first foray into the world of the big-screen horror flick.

Barry Sussman

Did Mark Felt Even Know He Was Deep Throat?

Barry Sussman | Posted April 12, 2012

In his new book Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat, Max Holland takes on chief aspects of the Watergate myth: that an idealistic, well-placed and mysterious source fed information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, thereby leading the American press to one of its greatest achievements, the...

Martin Long

Two Romney Problems Clash: Elitism Versus Tin Ear Syndrome

Martin Long | Posted April 16, 2012

Maybe you read about how Gawker had a mole inside Fox News. Well, he got caught and is now public.

On Joe Muto's

Khristopher Brooks

How to Get Fired Before Your First Day

Khristopher Brooks | Posted April 12, 2012

Most college students hope to land a nice-paying job in their field of study immediately after graduation.

And for the most part, I was headed in that direction. I finished my last two classes of graduate school at New York University and I had a new job waiting for...

Ruth Eglash

New Association Gives Religion Journalism a Boost

Ruth Eglash | Posted April 12, 2012

An international initiative has brought together journalists of all nationalities, faiths and beliefs in order to boost religion reporting.

It was only on the last night -- which happened to coincide with my birthday -- that the significance of what we had achieved truly dawned on me.

I was participating...

Greta Van Susteren

My Friend, Hilary Rosen

Greta Van Susteren | Posted April 12, 2012

I am rushing to draft this -- I have a flight to South Sudan in hours -- but I wanted to briefly weigh in on this latest storm. If I indelicately draft this, cut me some slack since I am rushing and have little time (none?) to spare, which I...

Juan Cole

Why Washington's Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster

Juan Cole | Posted April 13, 2012

What History Should Teach Us About Blockading Iran

Cross-posted with

It’s a policy fierce enough to cause great suffering among Iranians -- and possibly in the long run among Americans, too.  It might, in the end, even deeply harm the global economy and...

Ross Murray

Where Are the Pro-LGBT Religious Voices in Mainstream Media?

Ross Murray | Posted April 12, 2012

As someone who identifies as gay and Christian, I see parts of myself reflected in the world around me. When I turn on the television, I get caught up in the drama of gay and lesbian students on 'Glee.' I can laugh with a gay couple raising a child and...

Peter Scheer

How the NY Times Bought Apple's Spin on the Feds' Antitrust Suit Allowing Amazon to Cut Prices on E-books

Peter Scheer | Posted April 12, 2012

The US Justice Department announced this week that it will sue e-book publishers and Apple Computer for conspiring to raise e-book prices above the levels that Amazon, the dominant retailer for e-books, had been charging.

News reporters, responding critically to the government's charges, were quick to point out...

Dave Johnson

Why Do So Many Elites Hate Social Security?

Dave Johnson | Posted April 12, 2012

This week there was another big attack on Social Security by another elite. This time the attack comes from an elite columnist; other times it comes from Wall Street types, wealthy CEOs or the kind of politicians that have been in D.C. way too long. These attacks never come from...