Six Degrees of Aggregation
The story of the Huffington Post.
The story of the Huffington Post.
On the Daily Mail’s dominance of England.
Jimmy McNulty, Mike Daisey, and the problems with skirting the system to get to the greater truth.
Fact-checking David Sedaris.
A report from Austin, Texas as it turns into a dot-com hotspot.
How a mysterious twitching epidemic overtook one Western New York town.
Can The Washington Post be saved?
The Mouth of the South is leading a relatively quiet life.
Why “Father of Botox” Arnold Klein, whose famous clients once included Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, thinks everyone’s out to get him.
On the utility of euphemisms:
In the upper reaches of the British establishment, euphemism is a fine art, one that new arrivals need to master quickly. “Other Whitehall agencies” or “our friends over the river” means the intelligence services (American spooks often say they “work for the government”). A civil servant warning a minister that a decision would be “courageous” is saying that it will be career-cripplingly unpopular. “Adventurous” is even worse: it means mad and unworkable. A “frank discussion” is a row, while a “robust exchange of views” is a full-scale shouting match. (These kind of euphemisms are also common in Japanese, where the reply maemuki ni kento sasete itadakimasu—I will examine it in a forward-looking manner—means something on the lines of “This idea is so stupid that I am cross you are even asking me and will certainly ignore it.”)
A profile of Rebekah Brooks, who started as a secretary at News of the World and became CEO of News International by 41, developing an incredibly close relationship with Rupert Murdoch along the way.
The dissolution of Brooklyn softcore skin-mag Jacques and the marriage of the couple that created it.
On “If You Are the One”, the smash hit Chinese dating show that raised the ire of censors.
A former colleague visits the ‘Fire Fiend’ in prison.
Caitlin Curran was fired from WNYC for attending an Occupy Wall Street protest. The author explains why her boss was wrong.
The limited vision of the news gurus.
Breaking the news of the Kennedy assassination, an oral history:
Wicker: [In the press room] we received an account from Julian Reed, a staff assistant, of Mrs. John Connally’s recollection of the shooting…. The doctors had hardly left before Hawks came in and told us Mr. Johnson would be sworn in immediately at the airport. We dashed for the press buses, still parked outside. Many a campaign had taught me something about press buses and I ran a little harder, got there first, and went to the wide rear seat. That is the best place on a bus to open up a typewriter and get some work done.
On Michael Lewis and the global financial crisis.
The Starbucks-fueled saga of how Jim Romenesko, beloved journalism blogger, took an early retirement.
Nine months after the AOL merger, here’s a progress report.
An autopsy of the San Jose Mercury News.
A profile of the talk queen.
On the TechCrunch founder’s venture capital fund, and a new breed of startup investor.
As Twitter-loving VC investors have become brand names themselves (Fred Wilson, Marc Andreessen, Chris Sacca), what one might call the auteur theory of venture capitalism has emerged—the idea that startup companies bear the unique creative signature of those who invested in them. To study a venture capitalist’s portfolio is to study his oeuvre.
An oral history of Ms. magazine.
On the writer and his impact on his subjects.