From Neiman Lab, an oral history of the epic collision between journalism and digital technology, from 1980 to the present. Michael Wolff on the New York Times' identity crisis: A painful rift is developing between editors and executives over a new vision of the newspaper as a distributor of digital “product”. Sorry, Jeff Bezos, the news bundle isn’t coming back. New York Post Mortem: Steve Fishman on a (somewhat premature) newspaper autopsy. Stop press: We need to save journalism, not newspapers. Hal Varian on the economics of the newspaper business. It costs a lot, but investigative reporting can save lives, and non-profits lead the way in producing high-quality, in-depth stories — so who's going to pay for them? The unfortunate fact is that online journalism can’t survive without a wealthy benefactor or cat GIFs. Jay Rosen on the limits of investigative journalism: How two media accounts of the intrusive security state led to different political outcomes. Kids won’t read investigative journalism, but maybe they’ll play a videogame with the same message. A look at how Facebook is an important news source for people who don't care about news. This man decides what you read: Can Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile save journalism? David Folkenflik discusses Rupert Murdoch's politics, his broken promises and how he changed the media. Is Glenn Greenwald the future of news? Here’s what a conversation with him reveals.
Micah Newman (Tarleton): A Realist Sexual Ethics. Here are sample pages from The Library: A World History by James W.P. Campbell and Will Pryce. Fabio Acerbi on why John Chortasmenos sent Diophantus to the Devil: Paleographical and mathematical arguments establish that Chortasmenos’ invective against Diophantus for the difficulty of a problem refers not to problem 2.8, which triggered Fermat’s “last theorem”, but to the far more difficult 2.7. Alec MacGillis on how the Tea Party and Wall Street are even closer than we thought. Is pain a functional necessity? Khannea Suntzu wonders. Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes — here’s how he wants to stop them. Obamacare rate shock and premium joy: Now it's real. Yes, Obama is a Rockefeller Republican. Marijuana is America's next political wedge issue. Rise of the mayors: Leon Neyfakh on how a once-ceremonial job became a powerful force in American politics. Crosswalk Empire: Michael Schaffer on why liberals will miss Michael Bloomberg and the era's other imperial centrist mayors. Heart of snarkness: Media empires like Vice and celebrities like Anthony Bourdain are reporting from the world’s most misunderstood countries — is this just repackaged sensationalism? Teddem Yee on the 5 most incredible scenes ever preserved by fossils. One, doh!, three: Homer Simpson is a math genius — really!
Mauro Gilli Sr. (Northwestern) and Andrea Gilli (EUI): Attack of the Drones: Should We Fear the Proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles? Caren Myers Morrison (Georgia State): Dr. Panopticon, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Drone. Rosa Brooks (Georgetown): Drones and the International Rule of Law. David W. Opderbeck (Seton Hall): Drone Courts. Say what you want about drones — they're perfectly legal: Just because they are more technologically advanced than other weapons doesn't mean they violate international law. The sound of terror: Nasser Hussain on the phenomenology of a drone strike. Michael W. Lewis on drones, actually the most humane form of warfare ever. Drone makers gather to defend their much-maligned machines: Cora Currier files a dispatch from the conference of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems. Abby Haglage on six key parts of a new report that may change your view on drones. Kenneth Anderson and Benjamin Wittes on three deep flaws in two new human-rights reports on U.S. drone strikes. Drone strikes kill innocent people — why is it so hard to know how many? Malala’s other message: Why drones aren’t working. Kenneth Anderson on the case for drones. Global consensus grows for greater transparency on drone civilian deaths. No, drones are not “useless” in most wars. UN experts call for more US transparency on drones. Alex Pasternack on “Wounds of Waziristan”, the story of drones as told by the people who live under them.