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How The Huffington Post Can Pay Its Bloggers

(20) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 3:28 PM

I recently wrote an article entitled, "The World of Free and The Huffington Post," in which I discuss what The Huffington Post is doing right that so many other online and print publications are doing wrong. In short, Arianna Huffington has figured out that content is king. The more...

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The World of Free and The Huffington Post

(9) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 5:53 PM

There has been a heated debate this week about free information, starting with Malcolm Gladwell's review of Chris Anderson's book Free, in which Gladwell argues that free "fuel" plus costly "infrastructure" results in net losses for companies like YouTube, which will lose a half a billion dollars in 2009,...

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The Importance Of The Gay Cliche

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 11:52 AM

The Gay Pride Parade in New York City on Sunday was particularly memorable. Not only was it still going strong at 8 p.m. (it started at noon), but this year's parade also marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots when the gay rights movement officially began.*

The Pride...

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A Eulogy for Michael Jackson's Childhood

(10) Comments | Posted June 27, 2009 | 1:54 PM

Some people think Michael Jackson was a gentle creature. Others think he was a child molester. I believe both of these things.

When you're a child living in an adult world, you think you're above the law. You see things and do things regular children don't see and do....

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A Business Model for Journalism Where Writers Get Paid

(30) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 6:06 PM

Portfolio Magazine is just one of a slew of magazines and newspapers to fold in the last few months. The publications that are still holding on are slashing jobs and cutting pay, and online publications aren't faring much better in this recession. Some media companies have tried to charge...

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An Oscar Speech That Saved Lives

(22) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 10:31 AM

I watched the Oscars with a cynical group.

In fact, because I was in LA this year, I watched the Oscars with two cynical groups; the gang at my friend Lauren's house in LA and, via text, the group at my friend Emily's apartment in New York.

To...

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The Day I Learned Obama was not Mine Alone

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 1:00 PM

I was in DC because I had to be there. I don't know about anyone else, but this inauguration was a personal victory for me. Over the past year, whenever I blew out candles, when a clock turned 11:11, when my taxi cruised past a yellow light, I wished for...

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My Uncensored Interview with Deepak Chopra

(161) Comments | Posted December 3, 2008 | 10:10 AM

I recently wrote an article entitled "Deepak Chopra on Mumbai: Too Controversial for CNN?" about Chopra's November 26th interview on CNN, which CNN had possibly edited. Within a week of the interview, Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article entitled "Deepak Blames America," and Elisabeth...

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Deepak Chopra on Mumbai: Too Controversial for CNN?

(209) Comments | Posted November 27, 2008 | 1:55 PM

A CNN journalist interviewed Deepak Chopra last night about his take on the Mumbai attacks and how to prevent similar attacks in the future, but it looked like producers cut Chopra off when he started to get too controversial.

Chopra: What we have seen in Mumbai has been...

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Vote Bloomberg for the Third Time

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 1:05 PM

My first job out of college was an internship at Bloomberg. The interview took place in October 2001, when the election was still up in the air. If he won, "Mike's Group" (the Corporate Communications department) at Bloomberg LLC was going to need extra support, at least temporarily, because so...

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Jews for Obama?

(13) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 2:03 PM

If you're a Jew with Internet access, by now you've probably seen Sarah Silverman's video thegreatschlep.com. Sponsored by JewsVote.org, a project of the Jewish Council for Education & Research, the video encourages young Jewish people to make a trip to Florida before the 2008 presidential election to encourage...

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Why the Democrats Need to Dumb It Down

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 3:43 PM

Here's my advice for the Democrats:

Dumb. It. Down.

The Republicans see them as elitist, and many swing voters will too. The way Democratic representatives speak, both in the political and media realms, is way too sophisticated for the average American. The Democrats know that the interest of...

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The Divided States of America: One Nation Under Two Gods

(4) Comments | Posted September 11, 2008 | 5:22 PM

It's time for the two separate countries residing in the United States of America to part ways in peace. There exists an ideological schism so extreme that it no longer makes sense for us to stick together as a nation. Perhaps it's time to abandon the union that the Civil...

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Vote for Obama Because He's Black

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 7:04 PM

Here's the thing - people are going to vote against Obama because he's black. This is the country we live in. And I know, he's only half black, yadda yadda, but come on. He's black. People that don't like blacks aren't gonna like him. This means that undecided voters that...

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The Opposite of Voyeurism: Why People Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2008 | 12:07 PM

Remember when people used to be freaked out about divulging personal information over the Internet? Wasn't that like, a minute ago?

In Internet terms a minute is too long to wait for anything.

One of the latest online social networking trends is Twitter, where you tell strangers (and non-strangers)...

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The Secret New York Alternative to a Tranquil Summer Beach House

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2008 | 11:55 PM

New York City is so densely populated that even its quiet areas aren't particularly quiet. Following are six places in Manhattan where you're unlikely to run into anyone you know and where, for once, you might actually be able to hear yourself think.

The Conservatory Garden - A designated...

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The Secret New York Alternative to a Rowdy Summer Beach House

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2008 | 12:48 PM

Not everyone can afford the time off or money involved in renting a beach house for the summer, but for those craving a lively outdoor scene, here are six spaces in Manhattan that will place you in the center of the warm weather action:

The Sheep Meadow

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The Secret New York Alternative to Madison Avenue Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2008 | 3:29 PM

In Fifth Grade I wrote a poem about Madison Avenue.

Even then I sensed that there was something curative about walking past the stores with art gallery windows and watching the people go by. Years later, it's still a great way to spend a sunny day and, during sale season,...

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs: "We'll Get Out of This Mess"

(6) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 12:52 PM

As I mentioned on ThePanelist.com, I attended Charlie Rose's interview of Jeffrey Sachs at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday night. Jeffrey Sachs, who is the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and has been an economic advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former...

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The Secret New York Alternative to Tavern on the Green

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2008 | 3:16 PM

The words most commonly associated with Tavern on the Green are "overpriced" and "not good." Other words could include uncool, touristy and rip-off. New York arguably has better food than anywhere in the country, so instead of hitting off its most famous tourist trap, check out one of these equally...

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