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Paul Christensen: The Grinding Gears of Time

Trump’s house of cards is built on ruses and Iago-like deceptions, a palace of flimsy lies waiting for the door to fly open and a gust of honest wind to sweep them all away.

September 7, 2020 · 3 Comments

Florina Rodov: Barbara Ehrenreich’s Powerful Lessons for a Stronger Post-Coronavirus America

The political activist and author imagines a country where all people, not just the wealthy, can live with dignity.

April 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Nellie Bly Makes The News

An animated documentary about the legendary journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote.

October 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Eduardo Galeano: In Praise of Nellie Bly

. On this morning in 1889, Nellie Bly set off. Jules Verne did not believe that this pretty little woman could circle the globe by herself in less than eighty … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Dark Side of Prose

I’ve been thinking about newspapers lately, and their most recent avatar, TV news, both the network and the cable kind. What intrigues me most about this use of prose is … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Elusive Truth

Truth keeps getting harder to recognize these days. I am reminded of Antonioni’s film, Blow Up (1966), in which a photographer happens upon a possible murder in a London park, … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: The subversion of the Fourth Estate and the emergence of the Fifth Estate

Exhibit A John B. is the city solicitor of a growing suburban city. The city is contemplating the use of eminent domain to build a new school. His job is … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: Once We Had a Press that Gave a Damn

When I worked as an editor at the once great Baltimore Sun in the 1960s our style book prohibited use of the word rapist, preferring raper. Some of us thought … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Lewis Turco: Burning the News

The fire is eating the paper. The child who drowned is burned. Asia is in flames. As he signs his great bill, a minister of state chars at the edges … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: How the Press Masks its Xenophobia

The press dolls up its xenophobia in pseudo-objective claptrap, but when you explore its use of Arabic words like jihad and caliph and mullah a persistent pattern of demonization emerges. … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Professors on food stamps

Originally posted on WORDVIRUS:
The shocking true story of academia in 2014 Forget minimum wage, some adjunct professors say they’re making 50 cents an hour. Wait till you read these…

October 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Djelloul Marbrook: Burying The Giant Alive — The Press of Denial

The American press is like a sexagenarian doctor with a factory practice who hasn’t read a medical text since his internship. His patients don’t ask, and he doesn’t tell. They … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Djelloul Marbrook: The Tunnels of Gaza Thwarted Alexander the Great

The Five Ws of 19th Century journalism fall far short of the demands of 21st Century journalism and yet they remain the effective diktat of newsrooms. Let me show you … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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