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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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