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I Can't Stop Reading Commentersnew

Calling black people animals, references to monkeys, phrases like "welcome to the jungle, baby" and "That’s how it go in da hood" are all standard comments beneath crime stories on when the perp is black. And we haven’t even gotten to the anal rape fantasies that regularly litter sexual offender and police corruption stories. So why do I read them?
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  10-19-2011  |  Commentary

Radio Snack: Food on the airwaves in Austinnew

Radio remains important to many people as a source of information, entertainment, and tribal connection. Music, news, sports, politics, gossip, religion, drama, and humor all have places across the spectrum of what we still call the dial. Food is no exception.
Austin Chronicle  |  MM Pack  |  07-15-2011  |  Food+Drink

Charleston's Whites-Only Civil War Centennialnew

There is much more to the story about the Civil War's centennial than what the Post and Courier fit in a brief article in today's paper.
Charleston City Paper  |  Greg Hambrick  |  04-12-2011  |  History

Is Net Neutrality Doomed to Failure?new

The debate over net neutrality hasn't gotten much smarter since 2006, when Ted Stevens, of Alaska, opposed the Net Neutrality Act by infamously declaring that the Internet was "a series of tubes" -- but it has intensified along predictable partisan fault lines.
Boston Phoenix  |  Carly Carioli  |  04-11-2011  |  Tech

Thanks to the Millennials, the Generation Gap is Back

This generation gap is the opposite of previous versions, in which young insurgents attacked their elders for being too arch and moralistic. Like Mulder in The X Files, they desperately want to believe: their leaders, their government, their corporate executives. And they really want to believe in technology.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-24-2009  |  Culture

Lying Liars, and the End of Accountabilitynew

When up is down, and down is out, who even knows what to believe anymore? The Zeitgeist is now cloudy with the din of dishonesty that it is difficult to determine what is truth and what is fiction. In other words, a perfect time for the new film The Invention of Lying.
Boston Phoenix  |  Mike Miliard  |  10-08-2009  |  Commentary

Dear Zagat: We Don't Need Your Little Burgundy Restaurant Guide Anymorenew

The Zagat guide turned 30 years old this year, and in honor of the occasion, I'd like to give founders Tim and Nina Zagat a hearty thanks for all their years of service to the restaurant industry. And, if I may, I'd like to offer some friendly advice, too: You can go away now.
Washington City Paper  |  Tim Carman  |  09-17-2009  |  Food+Drink

Sportswriters Can't Decide Whether Steroids is a Black Mark or a Gray Areanew

Baseball scribes would rather moralize about performance-enhancing drugs than make hard decisions about whether their use should keep players out of the Hall of Fame.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  07-27-2009  |  Sports

How Hi-Fructose Magazine Stayed Sweet in a Bad Economynew

Attaboy and Annie Owens felt marginalized by the art magazine world. The fine arts magazines were too over-theorized and curatorial; the hipster magazines were too self-consciously ironic and sceney. So they created their own.
East Bay Express  |  Rachel Swan  |  07-15-2009  |  Art

Need Privacy? Pick Up a Papernew

As consumers, we increasingly pay for our purchases with some portion of our privacy, and that portion appears to be growing.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Bruce Schimmel  |  05-01-2009  |  Commentary

Newspaper of the Future: Part IIInew

The daily newspaper business has addressed its problems in much the same way that our government has addressed the recession: by resorting to short-term remedies that fail to address the issues at a fundamental level, rather than engaging in the long-term retooling that is necessary to create sustainability.
Boulder Weekly  |  Stewart Sallo  |  02-02-2009  |  Commentary

New Website Replaces TV News Anchors with Virtual Avatarsnew

Sorry, news anchors -- you might soon have to share your job with avatars. A virtual news technology is turning heads by quickly creating news stories and commentary, no humans required.
NOW Magazine  |  David Silverberg  |  11-10-2008  |  Tech

How to Build a Dish Like a Food Stylistnew

For all of her clients, Lisa Cherkasky is a perfectionist. Her process often involves forceps and tiny paintbrushes and, if pancakes are involved, Scotch Guard.
Washington City Paper  |  Jule Banville  |  11-06-2008  |  Food+Drink

Gaming Needs Good Journalismnew

That a major magazine is willing to devote any ink to gaming represents another chance to show the Wii-loving casual masses that our passion is as beautiful, complex, and vital as the new disc by Television on the Radio. But sans perspective, what we end up with is hosannah-laden stories like Vanity Fair's "review" of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Charleston City Paper  |  Aaron R. Conklin  |  09-24-2008  |  Video Games

DC's TV Stations Feast on Youngnew

Not content to go the way of the newspaper, local television stations have turned to the web to capture that coveted 21-34 demographic, creating websites that are less news, more booze.
Washington City Paper  |  Amanda Hess  |  09-04-2008  |  Tech

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