From The Hill, an interview with Jane Carmichael, Onion News Network's Washington correspondent. One benefit to a world hooked on oil and gas? Al Jazeera. WikiLeaks and Glenn Beck show that journalism is becoming more influential — but also more reductive. Is ideological innovation possible in online journalism? Jay Rosen on the politics of the new Huffington Post at AOL. Reboot camp: Aspiring and seasoned US journalists alike are looking to tech-savvy graduate schools to help them survive and thrive in a new multimedia environment. Yesterday’s Heroes: Can we rescue great photojournalism? Some rules for the road for 21st century journalism: An excerpt from Dan Gillmor's Mediactive. Former Guardian science editor, letters editor, arts editor and literary editor Tim Radford has condensed his journalistic experience into a handy set of rules for aspiring hacks. Newspaper journalism is on its way out, regrets the former foreign correspondent and Browser co-founder Robert Cottrell; he chooses four novels that reflect the golden days and a style guide that is an equally fine work of imagination. Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has never been a man to mince words, especially when it comes to what he insists is the future of journalism — cartoon news. If you edited an alt weekly, what would you do? Lisa Pease on what the media would look like if it were actually liberal. The Fact-Free Zone: Could making it easier to sue news organizations make them more honest?


A new issue of German Law Journal is out. Charles K. Whitehead (Cornell): Why Not a CEO Term Limit? From LRB, who owns Kafka? Judith Butler wants to know. From Foreign Affairs, Robert H. Pelletreau on transforming the Middle East: Comparing the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain. Does better productivity kill jobs? Here are 6 subtle ways you're getting screwed at the grocery store. The Moral Crusade Against Foodies: Gluttony dressed up as foodie-ism is still gluttony. Why has biography become respectable as a form of research? A review of Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World by Sam Howe Verhovek. Should we debunk astrologers more respectfully?: It's easy to make fun of astrology, but are we lazy in our criticisms? Let's get 2012 started: Paul Waldman on the virtues of a long presidential campaign cycle. To accept what cannot be helped: At 80, a woman with a fatal disease knows she doesn’t want to die in the hospital and discovers, with her family, what that really means. Is the global recovery becoming a sure thing? Boca on the Black Sea: An American developer seeks to create the “Florida of the Caucasus”. A new initiative provides real numbers, for the first time, on how transgender Americans are discriminated against — and they're startling. Are jobless graduates causing the protests in the Middle East? Peter Berkowitz reviews Because it is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror by Charles Fried and Gregory Fried (and more). How long is a severed head conscious for? The first chapter from Group Problem Solving by Patrick R. Laughlin. A truly graphic adventure: Richard Moss on the 25-year rise and fall of a beloved genre. A review of Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore.


From The Weekly Standard, the Midwesterner: Michael Barnes on the roots of Ronald Reagan; and the future of Reaganism: Jeffrey Bell on why American conservatism is alive and well in the 21st century. The "Southern Strategy," fulfilled: When Ronald Reagan's invoked "states' rights" in 1980, it helped seal a massive political realignment. Would America have been better off without Ronald Reagan? Nicholas Lemann reviews Decision Points by George W. Bush. A book salon on The Presidency of George W. Bush: The First Historical Assessment by Julian E. Zelizer. The undercovered story of the 2010 midterm elections has become clear: Americans have elected the most politically and theologically fundamentalist House of Representatives in modern history. Pricey political consultants, constant fundraising, fame-seeking leaders: A grassroots group cozies up to the DC establishment and alienates the activists who put it on the map (and part 2 and part 3). From The Nation, Johann Hari on how to build a Progressive Tea Party. From The American Prospect, Southern Discomfort: Democrats no longer need the South, but the region needs them; reclaiming middle-class America: If progressives want a winning theme that the right can't match, this is it; time for National Greatness Liberalism: Theda Skocpol on how our national economic fortune depends on reclaiming a credible role for large-scale public investment; and when the Democratic Leadership Council mattered: Glee over the DLC's demise misses the point of its founding and its sad history (and more on the DLC).

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