What’s the X factor that will bridge design with social change?: A new website says it’s journalism. Katie and Diane: Why can’t the print press treat TV news as news? Fading Print: Greg Beato on how we will survive without newspapers. From The Nation, John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney on how to save journalism. The two have gone together for so long, it seems like they’ve always been a couple: Death and newspapers. An interview with Nicholas Lemann on the newspaper crisis: "Journalism isn't going away". Paper Hangers: Newspapers aren't doing as badly as you think (and a response). Journalism is dying, journalism is thriving, the end of the world is nigh — there’s a lot to be excited about; Leah Finnegan reports on the newspapers that prevailed by hook or crook in 2009. What it means when a city loses its paper: Quite simply job losses, and increasingly unwatched local government, and rising cultural illiteracy. Newsrooms don't need more conservatives: What's important is the willingness to hold power accountable. David Carr on how The Wall Street Journal is tilting rightward under Rupert Murdoch. A review of Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, the Wall Street Journal, and the Invention of Modern Journalism by Richard J. Tofel. A review of My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times by Harold Evans (and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Carl Hartman, the longest serving AP writer. An interview with Todd Gitlin on books about the media. Michael X. Delli Carpini on the inherent arbitrariness of the "news" versus "entertainment" distinction. From CJR, Craig Silverman on the New Great American Pastime: It’s fact checking.


From TNR, Adam Thirwell reviews Charles Dickens by Michael Slater. Does late night still matter?: Michael Brett on Jon Stewart, Will Rogers and Mark Twain. Sceptics expected a whitewash, but Britain’s Iraq war inquiry has fatally wounded the case for liberal interventions past and future. The Mona Lisa and Abraham Lincoln: What do the famous portrait and the former U.S. president have in common? Let us now praise jingles: Insidious, annoying, and — just maybe — tiny works of art. The novel is dead: I’m writing an essay! A look at how the Wikileaks website offers promising outlet for fighting corruption. Online support group Women Against Fantasy Sports is a hit with dispossessed wives and girlfriends. A review of A Literary Bible by David Rosenberg. Peter Preston is that rarest of all big media breeds: the expert who can’t decide. The inside man: Can every aspect of our personality be explained on the basis of our upbringing? The 1960s, Refracted: While published decades ago, the works of writers like Stanley Crouch and Lisa Jones are still ferociously in the present. From Vanity Fair, Darrell Hartman on fashion’s game changers: Are athletes out to conquer Seventh Avenue? Being "overtly gay" is still a liability (i.e. Adam Lambert's maligned AMAs performance), but if you're a hot, seemingly harmless female (Tila Tequila, Rihanna, and even Britney and Madge), playing gay can pay off big-time. The wake-up call: A dream about Bartok brought Malcolm Gillies his conceptual breakthrough, although it would take him another five years to finish writing it down.

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From Edge, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on 36 arguments for the existence of God. Jesus, the Muslim prophet: Christianity is rooted in the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, so is Islam’s version of Christ a source of tension, or a way of building bridges between the world’s two largest faiths? Dear God, please confirm what I already believe. Consumer Christianity is big business — but is it right? Greg Epstein, atheist superstar: Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself? Ship of Fools can finally and authoritatively reveal the worst verse in the Bible. Pain or prayer?: Two ways to grow a religion. Relativism vs. Pluralism: Theologically, Allen Yeh has no problems with people taking an Arminian paedobaptist complementarian stance, even though he is a Calvinist credobaptist egalitarian. A review of The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology by Paul K. Moser. Peter Singer on theology's unintended consequences: In the tumult of events such as Hurricane Katrina, the niceties of the Catholic doctrine of "double effect" can easily be lost. A review of The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason by Victor J. Stenger. The Bone Collectors: It's time to bring relics back to the Catholic Church. A look at the order by which people are admitted to heaven. Why do more women than men still believe in God, especially considering how God treats them? An interview with Bobbie Kirkhart, Atheists United's chief nonbeliever. A review of Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do To Stop It by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer.


From Bookforum, Andy Battaglia reviews Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction by Caleb Kelly; and James Gavin reviews Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music by Greg Milner. Why the music cassette has never died: Central to the lingering affection that people still have for tapes is the fact that you can compile them yourself. From PopMatters, Calum Marsh reconsiders the revival of cassette tape culture; and the needle and the damage done: The independent record store lives another day, but how long can the vinyl lifeline continue to keep them afloat? (and more on the vinyl spin cycle). Like some lumbering Frankenstein monster, the recording industry rose from the dead this summer, thanks to the very technology that’s credited with killing it. An essay on music scrobbling as a panopticism of taste. Your father’s FM radio can close up shop, as far as Steve Brachman’s concerned — the music you want is at your fingertips, and you hear it the way you like it, on your computer. Radio Your Way: Internet powerhouse Pandora may just save the music industry. By breaking music down into its component parts, Pandora Internet radio tries to figure out what kind of music you — not your social group, heroes or aspirational self — really like. Is the wired generation revolutionizing or undermining music? From BBC Magazine, is the internet stifling new music?: The internet may have been a miracle for music fans, Duran Duran star John Taylor says, but instant access to decades of recordings and artists' inner thoughts is not all good (and a response).

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