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Critical Eye

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Data invasion

Julia Angwin’s journey to the depths of data

Recently, a friend sent me an email with the subject, "Twitter targeted me with this ad." The body of his... More

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The reasons Oscar should be horrified by
The Act of Killing

Are the same reasons it deserves to win best documentary

The Act of Killing, which tells the story of the mass killings in Indonesia in the mid 1960s from the... More

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Contrarian critic

Armond White’s expulsion from the New York Film Critics Circle is unfortunate, but not unexpected

On Tuesday, the New York Film Critics Circle voted to expel Armond White from its ranks, the first such decision... More

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The secret whistleblowers

The book The Burglary, released Wednesday, reveals how a group of activists exposed the secrets of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

On the night of March 8, 1971, when almost all eyes and ears were on Muhammad Ali battling Joe Frazier... More

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Care and feeding of the press

Roosevelt did it, Taft did not, and that made all the difference

It was president Theodore Roosevelt who, in 1906, famously used the term "muckrakers" to disparage investigative journalists. Referencing John Bunyan's... More

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Brief encounters

Short review of The Outrage Industry

The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility By Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj Oxford University Press... More

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Newtown isn’t the book the tragedy deserves

A superficial book recounting the school shooting was pegged to its one-year anniversary

It's not surprising or controversial when large events come with product tie-ins--commemorative Olympics swag and the like. But attempting to... More

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Giving a baron too big a pass

Murdoch’s World avoids implicating Rupert Murdoch for his lawbreaking

Feeling kinda droopy? Like you had "tired blood?" Well, better than Geritol would be a dose of David Folkenflik's new... More

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Truth is relative

The Fifth Estate tries to tell the story of WikiLeaks, but can’t make up its mind

The Fifth Estate, Bill Condon's film, now in theaters, about WikiLeaks and its divisive founder, Julian Assange, ends on an... More

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Benjamins or bullets

How Mexico became a narco-democracy

This is how it used to work: In the 1970s farmers would pay Mexican officials for permission to plant... More

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Human nature

Do conflicting desires prevent us from building happy cities

One of the occupational hazards in writing a book called Traffic is that every year, just after the annual... More

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Games people play

Most of what we think we know about video games is wrong

The fantasy of cyberspace and virtual worlds has captured the human imagination for decades. There's a romance inherent in... More

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Brief encounters

Short reviews of Informing the News and Celebrity Politics

Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism | By Thomas E. Patterson | Vintage Books | 233 pages |... More

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When ‘having it all’ misses the point

A new book by the president of Barnard College argues that the goal of feminism was never to make women’s lives untenable

The question of whether women can "have it all" has been the source of many a polemic. The discussion is... More

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The new black migration

Laura Gottesdiener’s book details the continuing wreckage of the mortgage crisis

With the anniversary of the Lehman crash hard upon us, Laura Gottesdiener's* new book is the perfect reminder that journalism... More

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

The press is responsible for ignoring Bill Cosby rape allegations - Where were journalists 10 years ago when claims originally surfaced against him?

Journalism has a plagiarism problem. But it’s not the one you’d expect - Fareed Zakaria’s case highlights news organizations’ ethical grey areas

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Will radio save science journalism? - WNYC will soon have a new health unit


CNN reporters in Ferguson provide coverage of CNN reporters in Ferguson (Slate)

“[T]here was little that justified CNN’s egocentric coverage”

Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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