One of the great achievements of the Internet has been the explosion of websites, blogs, etc. dedicated to politics and the news. This very same achievement, however, has paradoxically resulted in the erosion of a common frame of reference for understanding the news.
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Just before Passover, Newsweek/The Daily Beast set off a firestorm when it released its seventh annual list of "America's Top 50 Rabbis." Almost immediately, intense debate erupted.
We noticed it only superficially, at first. We'd spot a story we'd suggested under the byline of a more respected male colleague. Other times, one of us would be asked to rewrite somebody else's sloppy draft -- only to notice how he rose above us on the masthead.
Tackling monster challenges -- where failure is the expected outcome because you lack the credentials to succeed -- can be addicting. It's a win-win situation, like being the underdog in a fight: you're expected to lose, but win and you're a hero.
David Mamet's anger and passion is so intense that if he proclaimed this in a theater you'd be able to see the spittle settling like gentle rain on the patrons in the first few rows of the orchestra. Sadly, intensity is not all we have. It's accompanied by dreadful lack of reporting.
Waiting for the crisis is rarely the best answer. Wisdom foresees danger and opportunity in equal measure. It stops. It digs. And then it acts.
The best way we can, in the long run, support, take care of and honor the troops is to make sure they are among us and not apart from us. Like any true hero, soldiers want to be socialized, not idolized.
Not ones to miss a good tie-in, we're ready to put our proverbial necks on the chopping block and announce this year's "PR Pardons." The list includes companies and individuals we think deserve a second chance in the court of public opinion.
For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.
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The future is here now. When digital cameras first came out, it took me awhile to get used to it and I was clinging to film, now I can't imagine using film cameras anymore.
I have no quibble with others' religious beliefs. Those who choose to accept Eben Alexander's interpretation of his experiences are welcome to do so, as far as I'm concerned. There is nothing scientific about Alexander's claims or his"proof."
Few photographs have commanded my full attention. Among them are those that recall our nation's most trying moments, while others recount the world's most atrocious crimes.
Whenever we equate the radical fringe, whether they be Muslim extremists or Christian fundamentalists, with the majority of a particular religion, we empower the fanatics.