media

Point of Compact

Point of Compact

The late literary critic and social democrat Irving Howe once quipped that when radicals fail to build a movement, they start a magazine. Howe knew what he was talking about—his own magazine, Dissent, was one of them. The latest example of this truism is a new webzine called Compact,

Ronald Radosh
Ronald Radosh
11 min read
Politics
Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

On New Year’s Eve 2021 news of my killing began to circulate on Twitter. holy shit this is a murder https://t.co/CwsF0sZ9sZ — Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) January 1, 2022 I scrolled through scores of posts before I could stop myself, pausing to read replies and retweets.

Jonathan Gottschall
Jonathan Gottschall
10 min read
book review
Washington Post and NPR Ignore the Rural Backlash Against Renewables

Washington Post and NPR Ignore the Rural Backlash Against Renewables

During my three decades as a reporter, I’ve seen plenty of hype and poor news coverage about renewable energy. But two recent pieces—in the Washington Post and National Public Radio, respectively—are particularly egregious. These reports demonstrate, yet again, that some of the biggest media entities in the

Robert Bryce
Robert Bryce
11 min read
Politics
Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News

Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News

In Orson Welles’s classic movie Citizen Kane, the eponymous hero publishes a statement of principles on the front page of his newspaper, “I’ll provide the people of this city with a daily paper that will tell all the news honestly. ... They're going to get the truth from the

Graham Majin
Graham Majin
15 min read
Art and Culture
Scapegoating the Private School Boy

Scapegoating the Private School Boy

The Private School Boy is an object of endless horror and fascination. Every few years, the media outrage cycle will crest towards another scandal—a leaked video of a sexist chant, allegations of sexual misconduct or orgiastic excess—and the discourse machine will dissect the sexual mores of elite teenagers

Kasumi Borczyk
Kasumi Borczyk
6 min read
Education
The Vox Formula: Telling Privileged People What They Already Believe

The Vox Formula: Telling Privileged People What They Already Believe

In 2014, Ezra Klein, a 29-year-old journalist known for his Washington Post articles breaking down the thorny ins and outs of complex government policy, left the Washington Post for Vox, a website whose “mission is simple: Explain the news.” Vox would soon become famous for a style of journalism known

Batya Ungar-Sargon
7 min read
media
Bad News—A Review

Bad News—A Review

A review of Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy by Batya Ungar-Sargon. Encounter, 312 pages. (October 2021) In Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy, Batya Ungar-Sargon, the deputy opinion editor of Newsweek (where, full disclosure, she has published two of my essays), argues that elite left-wing

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
20 min read
Politics
As Newspapers Fade, Journalists Are Finding New Ways to Cover Local News

As Newspapers Fade, Journalists Are Finding New Ways to Cover Local News

Until January 2019, reporter Tim Swarens had devoted his entire 35-year career to journalism—the last 15 years spent as a reporter and editor at the Indianapolis Star. The end came as a shock. “I did not expect to end my career by being walked out the door by security,

Alexandra Hudson
Alexandra Hudson
5 min read
journalism