From the Ryerson Review of Journalism, extreme J-school: From a safe distance, Chelsea Murray reports on courses where the real-life lessons are don't get killed or kidnapped or captured; though it may come as a shock to many in the business, not all journalism school graduates want to practice our honourable craft; in an environment of cutbacks and layoffs, some stick with the craft and others jump ship for better or worse results — Amy Fuller explores life after journalism; and these days, journalists have to be brand managers, too. From Neiman Reports, a special issue on The Digital Landscape: What’s next for news? The debate is always black and white: Put up a paywall or lose money — but the Daily Mail's website is getting so big it needn't do either. The right to global gossip: John Lloyd on how journalists thrive on secrets exposed. Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet covers national politics with a no-holds-barred approach. A review of Morning Miracle: Inside The Washington Post: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life by David Kindred (and more). Carl Bernstein says the "Golden Age" of investigative journalism never existed. Adios, Gray Lady: Joseph Epstein cancels his New York Times subscription. The Gray Lady of Cable News: Many think Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., has lost the cable-news war to Fox, but CNN has racked up record profits by being bland.
From Skepsi, a special issue on Bad Behaviour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Social epidemiologist Paula Lantz reveals what actually leads to premature deaths among Americans — not obesity but poverty. From Vanity Fair, if you look for it, the romantic charm of Long Island’s South Fork does still exist. A review of Turn & Jump: How Time & Place Fell Apart by Howard Mansfield. What should you spend on to maximize your happiness? Leave It to Beaver is probably closer to real life for people today than many would admit. A review of Containing (un)American Bodies: Race, Sexuality, and Post-9/11 Constructions of Citizenship by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo and Carmen Lugo-Lugo. A review of The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski. The power of first experiences: From winning the science fair to losing a first boyfriend, certain youthful experiences cast a long shadow, revealing character and at times actually shaping it. Who owns freedom: Do liberals take civil liberties seriously enough? The Music-Copyright Enforcers: In an age of illegal downloads, it’s a challenge to persuade every small-town bar and diner to pay for their music. A review of Ludwig Wittgenstein on Race, Gender and Cultural Identity by Bela Szabados. On big and scary wines: Why 14 percent is considered OK, and 14.1 is the end of the world. A review of Prosecuting Heads of State.
From Philosophy Now, what is philosophy and how do we do it? Are the concerns of philosophers far removed from daily lives of most people? Philosophers aren’t detached from reality, lost in an ivory tower, irrelevant; rather, they want to be all these things but can’t be — reality inevitably gets in the way. Philosophy has a long history of dangerous ideas, but how a philosophy book could possibly pose a security threat to a computer network? A review of Philosophy and Happiness. Here is the introduction to Philosophy as Therapeia. A review of Persons: What Philosophers Say about You by Warren Bourgeois. Do we need philosophy? The death of the David Hull leads Michael Ruse to question whether philosophers have become as extinct as lamplighters. Moral camouflage or moral monkeys: Is the great show we make of morality just a civilized cover for our selfish opportunism? Perhaps Socrates’s mission is to make the world safe for ugly people — isn’t everyone a little ugly, one way or the other, at one time or another? From The Guardian, a series on Montaigne, philosopher of life. What do Gandhi and Mother Teresa have in common with Hitler and Jeffrey Dahmer? Very little, you might reply — but our perceptions of them are in certain ways surprisingly similar. An interview with Greg Bassham, author of "Lance Armstrong and True Success" in Cycling — Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force. Why doesn't Batman just kill his arch-nemesis, the murderous Joker? Enter philosopher Immanuel Kant and the deontological theory of ethics. Here is the The Philosophers' Magazine's "Ideas of the 21st Century" page.
From The Scoop Deck, what sank the Cheonan? Daddy issues; and how good is the pirate lobby? Psychologist Marc Hauser goes from one sort of limelight to another, and Michael Ruse is disappointed and frustrated. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry on why federal-private salary comparisons are "apples to oranges". What's right with this picture? Let’s at least call barbarism by its right name — which is just what the Time photograph did. From Fast Company, Alex Bogusky, the Elvis of advertising, has left the business — is this a New Age midlife crisis or his greatest rebranding campaign? Being a full-time human guinea pig is a service-sector job with needles; Scott McLemee looks at an ethnographic report. Why don't Americans like Muslims? From Atlas Obscura, an article on the Museum of Death, the world's largest collection of serial killer artwork and other macabre exhibits. Slumdog Tourism: Slum tourists may think they’re doing good, but the activity hurts more than it helps. As he prepares for his first ever arena tour, New Humanist catches up with rising rationalist star Tim Minchin. From Spectrum, could the murder victim's BlackBerry lead to her killer? Increasingly, the answer is yes. A review of Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway.
An interview with Greg Koger, author of Filibustering: A Political History of Obstruction in the House and Senate. An unprecedented 10-year study’s surprising verdict: The real outcome of most K Street lobbying is nothing — until the right party or person comes to power. The right wing mantra: If at first you don't secede. How much government is enough? An interview with John Samples, author of The Struggle to Limit Government. How to succeed in politics: If the Whigs, Populists and Feminists can be co-opted by the Democrats and Republicans, the Tea Party will suffer the same fate. Pro-gun, anti-bank, and a staunch defender of civil liberties, Russ Feingold should appeal to the Tea Party crowd. An interview with Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, authors of Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture. From Slate, are all rich people now liberals? (No.) How our Decider-in-Chief decides: John Dean on decisionmaking and the Obama presidency. It's Obama's White House, but it's still Bush's world. George W. Bush and his team already wrote a book in the presidency’s final, excruciating days, A Charge Kept — and nobody noticed. A review of The Book of Bastards: 101 Worst Scoundrels and Scandals from the World of Politics and Power by Brian Thornton. Bad name: When political names become insults. From Cracked, an article on political cartoons, the lowest form of communication.