From NYRB, Michael Massing on a new horizon for the news. A review of Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy by Alex S. Jones (and more and more). From Editor & Publisher, an article on the future of news, viewed from Aspen's rarefied atmosphere. From Splice Today, here are five key reasons why newspapers are failing — and why they don’t get talked about much (and part 2); and is Michael Wolff part of the problem? The Newser honcho recently tore in to Frank Rich, but Wolff's guilty of the same insider flaws. A media bailout is coming: They’ll think up some sort of half-aed rationale for it. An interview with Robert McChesney on media capitalism, the state, and 21st century media democracy struggles. An interview with Steve Rendall of the media monitoring organization FAIR on corporate bias. Once the richest, and perhaps the happiest, newspaper in America, The Washington Post faces the same grim odds as the rest of the industry, but unlike The New York Times’s Sulzberger family, the Post’s Grahams have time, popularity, and pragmatism on their side. What’s a big city without a newspaper? A former reporter from Philadelphia returns to the place that could end up being the first without a daily. Can anyone tap the $100 billion potential of hyperlocal news?


New Scientist goes beyond space and time: A special section on fractals, hyperspace and more. Seed editor Elizabeth Cline documents, chapter by chapter, her experience reading Why Does E=mc2? (and more) The Status Quark: Murray Gell-Mann reflects on matter’s building blocks and scientists’ resistance to new ideas (and more and more). A review of From Galileo to Gell-Mann: The Wonder That Inspired The Greatest Scientists of All Time in Their Own Words by John R. Guthrie. A review of Pavlov's Dogs and Schrodinger's Cat: Scenes from the Living Laboratory by Rom Harre. From PUP, the first chapter from Heaven's Touch: From Killer Stars to the Seeds of Life, How We Are Connected to the Universe by James B. Kaler. Does life exist in extraterrestrial locations as well? Astrobiology is a new kind of science, one that recently has been rapidly gathering momentum. Scientists are beginning to understand the extent to which the evolution of our planet has been shaped by collisions, bombardments and catastrophes. The numbers game: What’s in Earth orbit and how do we know? Is the Earth an organism? Michael Ruse on Gaia in the light of modern science. Genes that make us human: A team has pinpointed three genes that may help make our species unique. A review of But Is It Science? The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy.


A review of Old and New Terrorism by Peter Neumann. An interview with Joseph Nye: "It is pointless to talk to Al-Qaida". From Esquire, Thomas PM Barnnett on why Al Qaeda is losing the War on Terror. There are a dizzying number of paths that terrorists could use to transport a weapon to an American target city, but game theory can provide clues for protection. Not doing what comes naturally: Wouldn't we be better off if we just learned to live with the risks and threats posed by terrorism? A review of Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror, and Sovereignty by Paul W. Kahn. A review of Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century by Marc Sageman and The Mind of Jihad by Laurent Murawiec. Hannah Bloch |inprint/01504/3003|reviews| The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics by Faisal Devji. A review of Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values by A.C. Grayling. Do targeted killings work? Drone strikes are far from perfect — but they're also far better than nothing. Kid-gloves antiterrorism: A review of Die Abrechnung_ by Michael von Wedel and Jurgen Kremb. As much as France remains the number-one destination for mass tourism in the world, St Tropez remains the most coveted spot in the world for jihad bling bling. A look at the 5 most embarrassing failures in the history of terrorism.


From Der Spiegel, at the core of Volkswagen and Porsche's tightly intertwined histories is a deeply divided family engaged in a power struggle worth billions (and part 2). Made in Detroit: An interview with General Motors' C.E.O. Fritz Henderson. So long, Pontiac: Farewell to the original muscle car as GM pulls the plug on a venerable American brand. From The Believer, the history of America is the history of the automobile industry — which is far older and stranger than you might imagine. A review of Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America by Cotten Seiler. Rest Stops, R.I.P.: For decades, states have defined themselves through their charming roadside rest stops; now, they’re losing ground to supersized highway chains. A review of On Roads: A Hidden History by Joe Moran. A review of $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better by Christopher Steiner (and more and more). A review of After the Car by Kingsley Dennis and John Urry. Greyhound buses will hit UK motorways next month — can an American transport icon find success across the Atlantic? Tom Vanderbilt on the most promising iPhone apps for drivers, bikers, and commuters (and Geoff Nicholson reviews Vanderbilt's Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)).

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