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December 1, 2011 | by James Arger | 0 comment

The Vanity of Learning by John Dawson Watson

From the frontlines

There’s something magical about a newsroom. The way that, even during the slow hours of the night, there remains a palpable vibration in the air, as if the accumulated tension of innumerable deadlines still resonated within its walls. This is the place where the news is made, where bustling bodies more

November 28, 2011 | by James Arger | 0 comment

From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Broken News

When CNN was launched in June 1980, no one anticipated the tremendous impact the 24-hour news cycle would have on our media consuming habits. And yet, thirty years later, we expect live reporting, on-the-fly analyses and immediate reactions for any  every noteworthy and not-so-noteworthy event. We demand “here and now” more

November 18, 2011 | by James Arger | 0 comment

Gustave Doré / Dante - The Hypocrites

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you go “meh”

Indifference. In a world where the media have decided to favor the spectacular over the important, where attention spans have become shorter than commercial breaks, indifference has become our worst enemy. We strive for fast solutions, for quick closure, for happy endings. We look at the realities of life with more

November 14, 2011 | by James Arger | 1 comment

The Tyrants Foe, The Peoples Friend

Reality Check

I used to believe in the power of the press. I used to believe that our role was to inform, educate, and in our own, limited way, affect change in the world. I used to believe. But not anymore. Over the past decades, the power of the Fourth Estate has more

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