From Slate, Tim Egan, Michael Kinsley, Michael Newman, Emily Yoffe and others on a news junkie smackdown. An interview with Slate's Jacob Weisberg on the changing media landscape. Lost in cyberspace: The peculiar challenges of archiving newspapers in the Information Age. Journalism on sale: As workers in an ailing industry look for new ways to peddle their skills, piecework paid for directly by the public becomes an option. All the news that's free to print: Is charity the newspaper industry's last, best hope? The rebirth of news: The internet is killing newspapers and giving birth to a new sort of news business. Death of the Newspaperman: Don’t blame the Internet, the industry’s decline is self-inflicted. From Miller-McCune, here's a primer on media in the 21st century (and part 2). How much of a political crusader was Walter Cronkite? Todd Gitlin investigates (and more and more and more). A J-Schooler makes a name for himself: C.W. Anderson dedicated his recently-completed journalism dissertation to covering, well, journalism. How the "celebrity-journalist" myth ruined reporting: Too many people thought they might be Woodward & Bernstein; too few recognized how unglamorous the industry really is. Eric Alterman on conflicts of interest by the wealthy and for the wealthy.
From TED, Nina Jablonski breaks the illusion of skin color. From Minding the Campus, John McWhorter on what Black Studies can do. A review of The Browning of America and the Evasion of Social Justice by Ronald Sundstrom. Brian Gilmore reviews How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon by David Roediger and What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America by Ariela Gross. Does the stress of living in a white-dominated society make African Americans get sick and die younger than their white counterparts? Research suggests brains respond less strongly to the pain of strangers whose ethnicity is different. What’s wrong with ethnic profiling? From The Root, Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about his arrest and the outrage of racial profiling in America (and more); and what do you call a black man with a PhD? James Hannaham on the good news about the Henry Louis Gates fiasco. Richard Thompson Ford on why the arrest is about neither racial profiling nor playing the race card (and more). Why Gates is right — and we're not post-racial until he's wrong — but Gates forgot what black parents have always told their children (and more). Stanley Crouch on an outrageous case that shows that the old-boys network is color-blind.
From Salon, grave offenses at Arlington National Cemetery: A criminal investigation and allegations of misplaced bodies and shoddy care have roiled the famous burial ground (and part 2 and part 3). An article on U.S. role in coups: Sinister no more? John Gray reviews Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name by Timothy Garton Ash. The Independent goes inside the mind of prized intellectual Amartya Sen (and more from NS). Modern miracle: When saints intervene nowadays, it tends to be in healthcare. Healthcare for dunces: Don't know your "single-payer" from the "trigger plan"? Here are the basics. What the President ordered: Regina Benjamin is just the surgeon general Barack Obama needs. Man and machine: The real legacy of the moon race. Finding Ourselves: Apollo 11 was the voyage for its era, but where do we go now? (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). The future belongs to Andrew Sullivan: His coverage of the unrest in Iran was the blogosphere's moonshot, a feat of grit and daring heralding a new era in cyberspace — it was also a preview of journalism's future. More on American Radical: The Life and Times of I. F. Stone by D. D. Guttenplan (and a review by Michael Kazin at Bookforum).
From TAP, the rise of megaregions: Planning theorists argue we need to rethink the spatial coordinates of the national economy. Unconventional thinking: Why cities shouldn’t buy into the convention center economy. From IRB, a review of The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream by John F. Wasik and Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World by Jeb Brugmann (and more). As the US launches hundreds stimulus-funded municipal projects, planning experts suggest books (old and new) for insight on rebuilding the American city. A review of The Walkable City: From Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacobs' Streets and Beyond by Mary Soderstrom. A review of Invented Edens: Techno-cities of the Twentieth Century by Robert Kargon and Arthur P. Molella. Despite New Yorkers’ powerful nostalgia for the Gotham-that-was, the city's urban ecology has always thrived on change. As Detroit turns to ruins, Greg Grandin tolls the bell for the city that embodied the utopian ambitions of American capitalism (and a review of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City and more). From Wired, an article on what Detroit can learn from the Apple Store. Urban retrofits: How to make a city green without tearing it down.
From The Daily Beast, an interview with Edmund Phelps; and an interview with Claudia Goldin, author of The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century. A review of The Spectre at the Feast: Capitalist Crisis and the Politics of Recession by Andrew Gamble. A review of Wall Street: America's Dream Palace by Steve Fraser. A review of Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street by Kate Kelly. A review of Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe by Gillian Tett (and more and more and more). A review of Daniel Gross' Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation. A review of The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals by Frank Partnoy (and more). From FT, a pugnacious pundit Wall Street can't ignore: Meet Charlie Gasparino, the CNBC reporter who has broken many stories about the financial crisis, and discover why everybody listens when he talks. An interview with economist Claudio Katz: "The solution to the crisis of capitalism has to be political". Here are ten things you can do to stimulate a new economy.
From Darkmatter, a special issue on The Wire (in the Feb/Mar 2009 issue of Bookforum, Walter Benn Michaels wrote that The Wire is "the most serious and ambitious fictional narrative of the twenty-first century so far".) From The New Yorker, Michael Schulman on the ladies behind the new "Mad Men" ads. From The Philosophers' Magazine's "Pop Culture Week", Catherine Yu asks if it’s okay to laugh at South Park; David Kyle Johnson on what Family Guy tells us about religious toleration; and paraconsistent logic in The Office: Morgan Luck investigates the case of the missing Tim. Whatever happened to educational television? Scott McLemee revisits his alma mater. A review of Television Truths: Forms of Knowledge in Popular Culture by John Hartley. From EW, an article on the cult of "cult TV" (and part 2). In the ’50s, on the rare occasions black performers appeared on TV, African-American families gathered to watch and to judge. TV's insipid commercials, decoded: A semiotics professor explores the strange new world of subcomedy, from Progressive Auto Insurance to Omnaris nasal spray. TV commercials are becoming more overt in reflecting the "culture wars", particularly the fierce backlash against intellectualism. Must See TV: So television is bad, but letting the tube go dark would be even worse.
From Gelf, psychologist Paul Bloom studies babies to understand how we think about morality and religion; and Matthew Alper went on a solitary quest to understand religion — what he found was that his mind was trying to trick him. The politics of scepticism: Stuart Sim sees the writing on the wall for belief. A review of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists by Russell Blackford and Udu Schuklenk. Atheists shouldn't be afraid to be certain: Say it loud, say it proud — there is no God. Why do atheists have to talk about atheism? Are the "New Atheists" avoiding the "real arguments"? Laurie Taylor interviews Terry Eagleton, the Marxist critic gunning for the New Atheists. An excerpt from Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart. Robert Wright argues that religion may be nonsense — but it helps mankind (and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Evolution of God). A review of The Case for God by Karen Armstrong (and more and more). More and more on God is Back by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. Abandoning Judaeo-Christian values has led to the abolition of the family and a moral collapse in public life. Americans who combine love of God with love of country can quote the new "American Patriot's Bible".
G. Edward White (Virginia): Revisiting the Ideas of the Founding. We are all liberals now: Are Americans doomed to be Lockeans? From BMCR, a review of Ancient Rome and Modern America by Margaret Malamud. A review of Woden Teachout's Capture The Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism. A review of Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America’s New Rootless Professional Class by Peter Kilborn. What do Napoleon and U.S. immigration policies have in common? A review of Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Apartheid by Joseph Nevins. The El Paso Miracle: How can a comparatively poor, high-immigration town that sits across the border from super-violent Ciudad Juarez be one of the safest big cities in America? An intriguing, much more equal rivalry out West, but both California and Texas can learn from each other (and a special report on Texas). A review of Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950–1963 by Kevin Starr (and more and more and more). It isn't a myth: Once you get out of Northeastern cities, people are significantly more civil to one another. A review of Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Reding (and more). Coolest mayor in America: Why John Fetterman has his postcode tattooed on his arm.
A review of The Triumph of Music: The Rise of Composers, Musicians, and Their Art by Tim Blanning. A review of Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician by Barry Seldes. From PopMatters, what’s right and what’s left about country music; and who says country can't hip-hop? Mark Fisher reflects on how for three decades hip-hop has provided the perfect soundtrack to the brutality of the neoliberal world-view. A review of Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Rise and Fall of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper. A review of Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music by Greg Kot. Stereo for One: Decades before iPod, there was Walkman — and before that, car horns and bird song. A label of love: Island Records, which turns 50 this year, helped shape the modern music business (and more). Has the dislocation of "world" music from its context in community and place led to multicultural mediocrity? Hello Cool World: How the path from cheap baroque to African drums to avant-garde led to jazz, Wilco and Bjork. Swinging in class: Douglas Groothuis on the benefits of jazz pedagogy. Smooth Jazz truly is the music of the gesture; it is music of the pose; it is music that hints at real music without being real music. Let's fight about Deer Tick's authenticity: Because nothing makes for better music criticism than rehashing decades-old arguments about indie cred. A look at the 10 worst subjects for a pop song.
From Bookslut, a review of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa Hamilton; and a review of The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat by Catherine Friend. Here's the history behind the transition from farm to feedlot and why Big Pharma rules the barn. Food porkies: Don’t blame factory farming for pandemics. An interview with Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human (and more and more). A review of Fresh: A Perishable History by Susanne Freidberg. At first glance, the Nutritional Facts label can be daunting — what does it all mean? Anna Kirkland (Michigan): Think of the Hippopotamus: Rights Consciousness in the Fat Acceptance Movement. Why are Southerners so fat? Claire Suddath wants to know (and more). McDonald's is doing well in a recession by wooing consumers abroad by targeting local tastes and marketing like mad. A review of Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures With Coca-Cola by Mark Thomas (and more). A review of A Pint of Plain: How the Irish Pub Lost Its Magic But Conquered the World by Bill Barich. Why France still makes the world's best wines. A review of Au Revoir to All That: The Rise and Fall of French Cuisine by Michael Steinberger (and more and more and more and more).