Publishing and media

From The Brooklyn Rail, a review of Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers: An Anthology. Brand Equity: An excerpt from Publishing Without Boundaries: How to Think, Work, and Win in the Global Marketplace. The web is dead; long live the web: As the internet evolves, the backlash begins. But is it really going to destroy our civilisation?

How to Type like a Man: A review of The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting (and more). From Financial Times, for better, for verse: A century ago London Opinion magazine ran a competition that started a national craze for limericks. What do Oprah and Atomic Scientists have in common?

From Foreign Policy, an article on Tehelka, an upstart weekly newspaper that has made a name for itself by pushing the limits of investigative journalism in India; and a look at how Mishpacha has successfully redrawn the borders of public discourse for the Orthodox Jewish community. Is it about art? Fashion? Is it actually about paper? Not entirely sure how to go about answering these questions, as Paper magazine is something like a mix of all three; Please, don’t be intimidated.

Rachel Smucker, too, approached Bitch with caution, wary of man-hating columnists and Bush-bashing feminazis. A look at the short, but lasting life of teen magazine Sassy. What media companies can learn from the rise and fall of the much-beloved teen mag Sassy. Fear of Blogging: Why women shouldn't apologize for being afraid of threats on the Web.

Bloggers from around the world mark Press Freedom Day 2007: Thanks to the internet we now have the most independent press and media in the history of the world; and on paper, the American press is remarkably free. So why don't US journalists use that freedom to speak truth to power? A hard-pressed trade: Journalists are under siege from privacy laws and attacks on press freedom, as well as earning relatively little.

Clark Hoyt, the longtime editor and most recently Washington chief for Knight Ridder, will become The New York Times' third public editor (and more). J. Bradford DeLong on America’s sleeping watch dog. The Dead Can Dance: Sometimes journalists use the deaths of prominent people to comment on current-day problems. How Not to Kill a Story: An Australian newspaper’s decision to quash a profile of Rupert Murdoch’s beautiful young Chinese wife has only fueled interest in the piece, which is bound to be published soon. Coordinates of the Rich and Famous: Supermarket tabloids and gossip columns still sell the illusion that stars live in a different world from the rest of us; but the Internet has created a new reality, and we’re all living in it together.

YouTube has already caused an Obama-Clinton spat, embarrassed Newt Gingrich, and dissected Mitt Romney. Clicking through the incriminating outtakes and citizen campaign ads, James Wolcott downloads the future of presidential politics. Banned from YouTube? Conservatives perceive YouTube bias, launch a new video-sharing site. Sweet Jesus I love Bill O'Reilly! Why Rosa Brooks owes her gig as an L.A. Times columnist to the name-calling cable and radio personality. And an article on why we hate local TV news