You know that scene in Independence Day, in which the president and his motley crew of alien-invasion survivors are taken to Area 51 and shown a nearly-totaled alien saucer, the craft hovering even despite the damage it’s incurred?

Well:


If you'd like to help CJR and win a chance at one of 10 free print subscriptions, take a brief survey for us here.

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.