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January / February 2007


The Enthusiast
Why you should trust the literary critic John Leonard on the coarsening of our intellectual culture.
By Meghan O’Rourke
The Shame Game
“To Catch a Predator” is propping up NBC’s Dateline, but at what cost?
By Douglas McCollam
Beyond the News
Journalists worry that the Web threatens the way they distribute their product. They are slower to see how it threatens the product itself.
By Mitchell Stephens
The New Arab Conversation
Young bloggers in the Middle East are talking to the ‘enemy,’ and possibly sowing the seeds of reform.
By Gal Beckerman
Vanity Fire
Graydon Carter’s political outrage has fueled a resurgence in Vanity Fair’s serious journalism. But how far can he push the signature high-low mix of this Conde Nast cash cow?
By Bree Nordenson

Ideas + Reviews

The Communist Way
Vietnam: the subtleties of censorship
By Dusin Roasa
Ode to the Author's Query
They fueled her childhood dreams; now they’re vanishing.
By Penelope Rowlands
Owning Up: A New Book Stops Short of Deepening the Discourse on Media Concentration
Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media by Eric Klinenberg
By Michael Schudson
Official Secrets
On treason, secrets, and the press, from Suez to the war on terror.
By Bruce Page
Under the Skin: A History of the Vaccine Debate Goes Deep but Misses the Drama
Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver by Arthur Allen.
By Rebecca Skloot
Second Read
Benevolent Dreamer
Ben Yagoda on St. Clair McKelway, who wrote with lucidity about his own mental illness.
By Ben Yagoda


On the Job
The Tales We Tell
A young reporter winces when his big story lands on the Dr. Phil show.
By Peter Holley
Darts and Laurels
Darts & Laurels
Send tips and comments to
By Gloria Cooper
On the Job
Digg This
A top 'Digger' worries about his power to drive traffic.
By David Cohn
Time To Go: Why Tribune is like Rumsfeld
The Tribune Company’s Donald Rumsfeld moment.
By The Editors
The Research Report
The Limits of Live
The Research Report
By Michael Schudson & Tony Dokoupil

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  • Mort Rosenblum on Dispatches

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  • Cut the Dividends!

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  • Opening Bell: The Hours

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  • Wiring Journalism 2.0

    Brad Stenger on the intersection of the press and computer science

  • Opening Bell

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  • The Opening Bell

    Pause in the panic; the Times on useless insurance; more bad news for a fallen titan, etc.