Are the days of Drudge over? CJR introduces Press Forward: Dialogues on the Future of News. The post-daily world: To understand what’s next for journalism, it helps to put the decline of daily newspapers in context. Jack Shafer on why Obama should stiff-arm "save the newspapers" legislation. From The Atlantic, don’t blame the Internet for the dismal performance of big media companies — blame inept executives; much of the news you see on TV is the work of political hit men, not journalists — and it’s only getting worse; and the Arab TV channel Al Jazeera is visually stunning, exudes hustle, and covers the globe like no one else — just beware of its insidious despotism. The most hated name in news: Can Al Jazeera English cure what ails North American journalism? A review of Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting by John Maxwell Hamilton. Israel’s gadfly: Haaretz’s Gideon Levy bucks Israeli media to report on Palestinian suffering. After 208 years, is Britain's Observer near the end? A review of My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times — An Autobiography by Harold Evans (and more and more and more). Bias and the Beeb: The charge that the broadcasting corporation is left-wing has been repeated so often that it goes almost unchallenged — if anything, it is a bastion of conservatism. The BBC is the world’s largest broadcaster, with a long list of sins — but now its licence fee is being raided and its output attacked. Auntie matters: The BBC must fulfil its potential to inform, says Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.


From The Advocate, designer John Bartlett’s infatuation with all things masculine thrilled New Yorkers beginning in the ’90s; now he’s taking it to the masses. From Salvo, an look at the media's attack on masculinity. Harry Potter is emasculating America: When did our next generation of superhuman studs become spayed and neutered? Every day is man day: Matt Labash is a man. Sorry, men, but the writing’s on the wall, right above the urinal: The world no longer needs you. From Double X, here's a dandy’s guide to girl-watching: Checking out girls in shorts, tastefully. A look at why young single men are more xenophobic and more young women travel abroad. Skipping spouse to spouse isn’t just a man’s game. There’s no such thing as misogyny — at least not in our media, even after an awful shooting in Pittsburgh. Satoshi Kanazawa is just so cute when he rails against feminists. A newborn is like a narcotic: Why won't feminists admit the pleasure of infants? (and more) Since the mid-1990s, feminist opposition to fashion has all but evaporated; but are all these must-have It bags, new-season dresses and vertiginous heels really making women happy? A review of Postfemininities in Popular Culture by Stephanie Genz. A review of Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education by Jane Robinson (and more). A manifesto against gender apartheid: Johann Hari reviews Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (and more and more).


From Outside, the great American road trip is resurgent. Among roadside attractions, Wall Drug is an icon: the granddaddy of tourist traps. William H. H. (Adirondack) Murray spent years justifying his pioneering call to the wildest parts of North America; today, we call it camping. Adam Baer is extremely embarrassed to use the made-up word “staycation”, but acquiesces to the coercive powers of Captain Kirk. Strange Telescopes is the second installment in Daniel Kalder’s anti-tourism crusade. A look at the 20 best travel books of the past century. Here's an article debunking a dozen travel myths. From Traveler, whom to tip, how much to give, and how to give it in more than 35 countries around the world. Here are 9 things not to do when in a new country. In search of beautiful people: While great museums and fine meals are key, some travelers admit to also hoping the locals will be hot. Tourists can now visit even the most far-flung destinations, but Judith Weingarten believes that one must settle in for a long stay to get a real sense of foreign lands. Why is it necessary for people to wax lyrical about a culture other than their own just to make a holiday enjoyable? A look at 8 of the most dangerous places (to live) on the planet. Where's the remotest place on Earth?: Getting away from it all is easier said than done, as new maps of the world's connectedness reveal. A review of You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon but Get Lost in the Mall by Collin Ellard (and more).


From M/C Journal, Donna Lee Brien (CQU): Unplanned Educational Obsolescence: Is the "Traditional" PhD Becoming Obsolete? The humanities are in the same state financial markets were in before they crashed, with a growing mountain of toxic intellectual debt and overvalued research. From The American Scholar, William M. Chace on the decline of the English department: How it happened and what could be done to reverse it. What's the matter with cultural studies? Michael Berube on how the popular discipline has lost its bearings. Is sociology dead? An article on exploring genetics and social structure. Waiting for the call: Sociologists confront “economist envy” and consider their relative lack of influence in Washington. From THES, a series on the seven deadly sins of the academy (and an article on a controversy: Female students are a "perk" of the job; and a response to criticism by Terence Kealey). In terms of its core mission — turning teenagers into educated college graduates — much of the American system of higher education is simply failing (and more and more and more on Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities). Welcome to Yahoo! U: The Web will dismember universities, just like newspapers. It’s the end of the university as we know it. Today, 21st-century technology carries the potential to nudge mainstream education back toward the 16th-century vision of one-to-one tutoring.

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