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Why "Talk" Culture will Destroy the World

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Hugh McGuire

In the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani takes on the Internet, remix culture, post-modernism and the technology-induced Decline of Western Civilizatio...

German WiFi Police

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Just after Google admitted to gathering data from unsecured wireless networks, the German government is working to make it illegal to have a non-secure wireless network in your home.

Reporter's Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

As a citizen of Israel who has attended the Bil'in demonstration on numerous occasions, I am offended by the army's attempts to censure Palestinian, Israeli, and international voices of dissent.

CNN: It's Enough to Make You Throw Up

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael J.W. Stickings

CNN, once a "respected name in news," has hired RedState blogger Erick Erickson as a so-called "political contributor," desperately trying to pull up its ratings by turning into Fox News Lite.

Publishing Interview: James Bridle

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hugh McGuire

There are countless armchair philosophers out there who write about the "future of publishing." James Bridle actually practices that future, right now.

How to Annoy Glenn Beck in Five Minutes or Less

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Want to annoy Fox News' Glenn Beck in five minutes or less while simultaneously making sure your community gets its fair share of federal money? Fill out and return the 2010 U.S. Census.

Somali Pirates Tell Their Side

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Real News

Shashank Bengali reports for McClatchy from more than 25 countries and covered conflicts in Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq and Georgia. Before moving t...

Now We're Supposed to Fret that She's Not a Mother?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

Are you persuaded that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is not gay, and that it should never have mattered anyway? Good, because now we can move on to her next supposed shortcoming.

A Liberal Pines for Times Gone By

Michael Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Gonzalez

There's great irony in having Howell Raines lecture FOX News boss Roger Ailes on journalistic standards. Raines, you see, resigned as editor of The New York Times after a plagiarism scandal.

Watching the Watchdogs: My New Media Job

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

Our media watchdogs require close watching. So I'll be editing The Nation's first blog devoted to highlighting the best and worst of current media several times a day.

Con Games: An Open Letter About an Open Wound

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

I have been amazed at the Aspen Daily News's utter disregard for a major story about its top editor.

Friday Talking Points [123] -- A Working Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate has actually been dealing with many financial issues that will directly effect American consumers, and they've been doing so in an orderly way. You'd think this would be news.

He's a Search Engine Manager, She's a Video Online Producer: Changing Love-Occupations in the New York Times' Wedding Section

Monroe Price | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Monroe Price

The Times'Sunday section remains a somewhat distorted, strangely crafted set of weekly insights into the nooks and crannies of American social development.

Will Obama Hold Another Press Conference?

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Bromwich

We hear plenty of this president by other means. But we ought to reckon what we have lost if the White House goes on treating the presidential press conference as an outmoded convention.

The Supreme Court: Gay Bar?

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

There was a time in the not so distant past when some of us thought that "sexual orientation" was a briefing on getting it on...you know, those classe...

What's Next From Lady Gaga, a Snuff Film?

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

Is it really too much to ask that a child be allowed to reach adulthood without thinking that watching two women engaged in a jailhouse beating is prerequisite foreplay for a satisfying sexual encounter?

Hurt Locker to Hurt Illegal Downloaders

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

The producers of The Hurt Locker are working directly with the US Copyright Group in an effort to sue "tens of thousands" of people who illegally downloaded the film online.

Betty White's Dusty Muffin

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Stein

Unless it's the brunt of a viagra joke, no one's thinking senior citizens and sex. Most of us view getting older with dread, with fear, a relatively steady decline into disease and dementia.

News the Media Missed This Week!

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

The media does a pretty good job covering the major news stories. Sometimes, however, they miss some. My mission? To search for the most interesting stories not covered by traditional news outlets.

It's not about "He said, She said": Media misses the mark on Ben Roethlisberger

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Christian Avard

The recent sexual assault allegations brought forth against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has provided another teachable moment. ...

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN: The Tale of Elena Kagan's Nomination

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

The tale of Elena Kagan's nomination to the highest court of this nation reveals the under belly of prejudice in this country against women. The very ...

Misery, Fear, Loss, and Confusion in Haiti Four Months After the Quake

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

This is my second trip to Haiti after the January 12 earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless, although neither of th...

Newsweek: What Went Wrong

Michael Hastings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Hastings

The decision to basically abandon reporting sealed the magazine's fate. Maybe it was inevitable, maybe the Newsweek execs had no choice, but it suggested to me that the end was near.

TV, Advertising, and Newspapers are dead - deal with it...

Brett King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brett King

You know what - change is a funny thing. For me, I can't wait untill I can watch all my movies and TV shows on demand instantly whenever I want withou...

Be First on the National Billboards-May-Not-Talk-to-Me List

Kirk Cheyfitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kirk Cheyfitz

Researchers at NEC in Japan are working on a billboard that will scan your face, guess your age, determine your sex and then deliver an ad personalize...