"Maybe we smoked something; maybe we didn't. It didn't matter. It was just solid, absurdist, out-there humor." A Monty Python retrospective.
"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."
Newsweek claims to have found Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin
. [more inside]
Don't fight it. It's the year of the oral history. If there hasn't yet been an oral history on your favorite pop culture phenomenon, it won't be long. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, how about starting with an oral history of Captain Marvel: The Series
? Or perhaps you'd rather read about The Telluride Bluegrass Festival
? If your taste runs more toward technology, check out an oral history of Apple design
. More reading inside! [more inside]
The First Rough Draft of History:
A Behind-the-Scenes History of Newsweek Magazine
I will tell you it cost $42 million just to print Newsweek. Before you’ve even engaged one writer, or one copy editor, or one picture editor. Forty-two million dollars.
Long, wide-ranging interview
of Tina Brown by Michael Kinsley.
In the wake of its $1 sale
and subsequent restructuring, merger
with The Daily Beast, and some increasingly criticized covers
, Newsweek announces
that it will cease print publication at the end of the year.
'While they never met, they had some things in common. Both were Army captains, engaged in important work for the nation, their costly educations paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Ian Morrison, 26, returned to Fort Hood, Texas, last December after nine months flying 70 combat missions over Iraq. Dr. Michael McCaddon, 37, was an ob-gyn resident at Hawaii’s Tripler Army Medical Center. The pilot and the doctor shared one other thing: they found themselves in a darkening, soul-sucking funnel
that has trapped some 2,500 military personnel since 9/11. Like them, each died, at his own hand, on March 21, nearly 4,000 miles apart.' [more inside]
"The Democrats win the 2004 election, whereupon bin Laden’s new Islamic Republic of Arabia takes hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh…"
Niall Ferguson, Harvard and Oxford historian, notes the approaching anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a speculative piece on what 2011 might look like had the plot been foiled. [more inside]
This past January Newsweek magazine deemed Grand Rapids, Michigan as one of the top 10 'dying cities'
in the United States. Mayor George Heartwell refuted
the 'dying city' label in letter [PDF]
to Newsweek editor Tina Brown. The designation inspired the citizens of the city to raise $40,000 and pull together
to create a lip-dub to Don McLean's 'American Pie.'
When men in the military rape other men in the ranks, no one wants to talk about it. Why the sexual assault of males in the service is finally being confronted. [more inside]
Newsweek was put up for sale
in May due to multi-year losses
. Last week, China’s Southern Daily Group
made an unsuccessful bid
to buy it. It was the first Chinese bid for a Western publication, and the Group expects to make similar purchases in the future. "It is like dating… it doesn't matter if one date does not like you. You grow from it." [more inside]
118 Days, 12 Hours, 54 Minutes
— On June 21, reporter Maziar Bahari
was rousted out of bed and taken to Tehran's notorious Evin prison—accused of being a spy for the CIA, MI6, Mossad…and Newsweek magazine. This is the story of his captivity. CBS 60 Minutes feature. [more inside]
Neuroscientist Lise Eliot finds that claims of sex differences fall apart.
In one study, scientists dressed newborns in gender-neutral clothes and misled adults about their sex. The adults described the "boys" (actually girls) as angry or distressed more often than did adults who thought they were observing girls, and described the "girls" (actually boys) as happy and socially engaged more than adults who knew the babies were boys. Dozens of such disguised-gender experiments have shown that adults perceive baby boys and girls differently, seeing identical behavior through a gender-tinted lens. [more inside]
Back in the late Pleistocene epoch 100,000 years ago, the 2000 book contended, men who carried rape genes had a reproductive and evolutionary edge over men who did not: they sired children not only with willing mates, but also with unwilling ones, allowing them to leave more offspring (also carrying rape genes) who were similarly more likely to survive and reproduce, unto the nth generation. That would be us. And that is why we carry rape genes today. The family trees of prehistoric men lacking rape genes petered out.
Newsweek's Sharon Begley examines evolutionary psychology and some of its most controversial theories (and how they are being rethought) in Don't Blame The Caveman.
The Accidental Slumlord.
In 2005, Daniel McGinn
, a writer for Newsweek, wrote a story about out-of-staters buying rental properties in Pocatello, Idaho
. A year later, Daniel McGinn, who lives 2,450 miles away from Pocatello, bought a rental property there. Why? [more inside]
How Obama Did It
: an in-depth look behind the scenes of the campaign, assembled by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings appear until after Election Day.
The Rise of the Rest
. Fareed Zakaria's Newsweek
article about a "post-American" world.
Gore Vidal Speaks Seriously Ill of the Dead
Annoyed with the rose-tinted view of William F. Buckley displayed by some of his obituarists
, Vidal slams Buckley, Newsweek, and the media in general. (MeFi Buckley obit thread here
The "Great Climate Change Debate" finally on the cover of Newsweek - what's new, you ask? This is the story of the denial that global warming exists
and how exactly the science behind the undeniable facts of increasing hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts, heatwaves and monsoons was muddied for profit.
Bonus links from the same issue: Timeline of global warming and its denial
and a slideshow of images from around the world on the effects but its one of those fancy interactive thingamajigs that doesn't allow it to be linked by an URL so be sure to take a look at it. Extra bonus! Quiz
your knowledge on global warming
Men get depression too
. An excellent article about the hurdles men face in coming to terms with having the Black Dog
. (Click "Print this" at the bottom for an easier to read one-page version; bonus links inside.)
The Top 200 Universities in the World. [logon:mefier/pass:metafilter]
For the second year, the Times Higher Education Supplement has exhaustively ranked the top schools in the world. The US, and, to a lesser extent, the UK, dominate the list, but Australia continues to have a strong showing, and China makes more appearances. If you don't like that list, try Newsweek's Top 100 Global Universities
, or the ranking
by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which looks at Nobel Prizes and highly cited articles, or just judge universities by their age
. All of this a little too global? Washington Monthly rates universities
by how they contribute to social mobility and the US as a whole, Mother Jones ranks by social activism
, and Young America's Foundation lists the 10 best conservative colleges
Former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage admits to spilling the Plame beans
. This comes on the heels of an article in Newsweek outing Armitage
as Novak's primary source. Wind up the echo chamber.... [more inside]
Newsweek delivers a chilling
tale of non-rural, non-gays
-- affluent suburbia (the horrors!) doing methamphetamine. Not as sexy, or yuppie, as its cocaine counterpart, it leads to poor oral hygiene
and super-AIDS myths. Some surprisingly good Wikipedia articles appeared (Crystal and Sex
). Even the more drug liberal Viceland sums up the sentiment about meth
, "Speed is the bastard child of the drug family, cocaine’s ugly retarded stepbrother."
, self-described "Muslim Refusenik
", urges moderation
after the Newsweek-Quran scandal. Earlier this month, Manji launched a public campaign
("independent thinking") with a claim for Islamic pluralism and "the aim of setting up a foundation for young, reform-minded Muslims to explore and challenge their faith."
Recently scanned article
from the April 29th, 1974 Newsweek detailing Patty Hearst
and the Symbionese Liberation Army
. Like many, I was vaguely aware that this had happened by had never read the details. (Direct page links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
"It was surprising how thick the smoke had become.
It seems like the world has always needed a scapegoat --someone to lead the charge against the Roman Empire. But America wasn't the Roman Empire and someone else would have to step up and volunteer. I really was never any more than what I was -- a folk musician who gazed into the gray mist with tear-blinded eyes and made up songs that floated in a luminous haze. Now it had blown up in my face and was hanging over me." -- from Bob Dylan's
new autobiography, Chronicles
, with a brief interview
, via Newsweek
Newsweek reports that Irony is alive and well. Newsweek
reveals that CBS and 60 Minutes
, in order to make room for their now-infamous report on alleged documents from George Bush's National Guard Service, dropped their originally planned piece for that evening's show... about the Bush administration being misled on erroneous documents pertaining to the alleged Iraqi purchases of uranium from Niger.
New poll: Bush sinking, Kerry surging
Overall, 52 percent of those polled by NEWSWEEK say they would not like to see Bush serve a second term, compared to 44 percent who want to see him win again...
A Net of Control "Picture, if you will, an information infrastructure that encourages censorship, surveillance and suppression of the creative impulse. Where anonymity is outlawed and every penny spent is accounted for. Where the powers that be can smother subversive (or economically competitive) ideas"
Brought to you by (among others)......Microsoft !
Did America Walk Into A Trap?
In stories reported by Newsweek
and Fox News it appears possible that the armed resistance now being encountered by US/British forces was part of Saddam Hussein's plan all along. The documents that have been found essentially say that should Baghdad fall, the Baath party loyalists should fade into society and extract vengeance on the occupying soldiers bit by bit. The nightmare scenario before the war was urban combat, Mogadishu style
. But now it appears that Hussein may have upped the ante with this "guerrilla-type campaign"
Faree Zakaria, editor of Newseek International
, has written a new book challenging perceptions of the relationship between democracy and constitutional liberalism. This lesson is meant to be applied at home as well as abroad. He has been a hot topic
Beyond the narrower scope of Iraq, is there anything to his underlying idea that : (more inside)
Maybe there are no weapons, after all...
"On February 24, Newsweek broke what may be the biggest story of the Iraq crisis. In a revelation that "raises questions about whether the WMD [weapons of mass destruction] stockpiles attributed to Iraq still exist," the magazine's issue dated March 3 reported that the Iraqi weapons chief who defected from the regime in 1995 told U.N. inspectors that Iraq had destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and banned missiles, as Iraq claims...." This is the same defector cited by the Bush administration numerous times as a reliable informant on the scope of Saddam's long-term WMD plans.
Andrew Sullivan rips apart a Rolling Stone Story
that claims that 1/4 of new HIV infections among gay men are sought out by people both looking to infect others and looking to become infected. "Bug chasing" may have been around for a while, but according to Sullivan and this Newsweek article
also debunking the shoddy Rolling Stone piece, it's nowhere near the numbers being exaggerated. This brings up so many issues: the speed with which false information is spread over the Internet; the decreasing responsibility of the media to actually report facts; how trustworthy are our news sources?; will Drudge, who also reported the RS story
without any hint of its falsehood, ever be revealed as the sensationalistic closet case he is? (Okay, that last bit was a wee troll, so ignore!).
"They were acting like bin Laden was hiding behind every door. That just wasn’t the way to be acting with civilians."
According to this Newsweek article, some members of U.S. Special Forces seem to think the military's recent operations to track down Al Qaeda went a bit awry.
Living in the Blog-osphere
MSNBC Science and Technology takes blogs more and more seriously. First, they created their own blogs, including some which were already discussed here from the start, for example a Science and Technology Weblog Cosmic Log
by Alan Boyle, now articles in the upcoming Newsweek print issue. Are they really onto something here? Are blogs going to be good official forums to present news fast?
Microsoft unleashes Palladium, an intrusive doozy
of a feature involving specially secure AMD/Intel computer chips and cryptology provided by Microsoft. Newsweek's head-bobbing Steven Levy, the first to get the story, remains taciturn
, failing to call into question Microsoft's security sins of the past
. Geeks run scared
while digital rights and GPL concerns
are wholly ignored by the mainstream media. Is this yet another example of a malcontent media that will never possess the balls to actually question a new feature put out by Microsoft? Even Wired
can't seem to read between the lines of a technology that "stemmed from early work by engineers to deliver digital movies that couldn't be pirated."
Newsweek Cover for Citizen Clinton
On the heels of a post on George Will, why not look into what Clinton is thinking as well.
Bringing up Adultolescents
Newsweek has a fascinating article on adult children who're still living with their parents after graduating from college. It's hardly a new concept, but this is a good piece. (Especially noteworthy: The parents who spend away their own retirement savings providing for grown kids.) And if you've priced a supposed "starter" home recently, you know as well as I do that this trend isn't going away any time soon.