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Posts in category “media”

TMZ Is the Justice of the Masses

Christopher Beha’s Arts & Entertainments, and how we create and consume stories of other people’s lives in order to feel better about our own.

Posted August 1st, 2014

Why Facebook’s Experiment Threatens Further Manipulation

Facebook has taken a lot of heat in the past few days …

Posted July 1st, 2014

Somewhere, Bin Laden Is Smiling

Bowe Bergdahl was “an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield” …

Posted June 6th, 2014

Twitter Is Alive and Well

Despite The Atlantic’s elegy for Twitter last week, the real-time social network simply …

Posted May 9th, 2014

Peter King and the Hawks’ Hysterical Attacks on Rand Paul

Those accusing the Kentucky senator of fear-mongering should look in the mirror.

Posted April 17th, 2014

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?

Posted March 24th, 2014

A Preview of the Oscar’s Best Picture Nominees

Rounding up the candidates in contention for taking home the statuette

Posted February 28th, 2014

Defining Digital “Mindfulness”

What is “mindfulness”? TIME Magazine recently released a cover story on “The …

Posted February 25th, 2014

Olympic Failure: Bode Miller’s Interview and American Sensationalism

The awful interview was just giving Americans what they really want.

Posted February 18th, 2014

Defending the Case Against Woody Allen

Can we really trust ourselves—our minds, eyes, and ears—to Allen’s hands?

Posted February 5th, 2014

Our Cover Is Up for an ASME Award

The November/December 2013 issue of The American Conservative is competing in the American Society of …

Posted January 16th, 2014

The Art of Reading, Fast and Slow

Many modern readers push themselves through speed-reading courses. If they haven’t time …

Posted December 31st, 2013

How Snark & Smarm Fall Short

The snark versus smarm debate has flooded our news feeds, after Tom …

Posted December 21st, 2013

Can Books and E-Readers Coexist?

A truce can be called between pixels and pulp.

Posted December 18th, 2013

Can the Print Magazine Survive?

Soon after the Kindle craze, some warned of print books’ imminent extinction—but …

Posted December 12th, 2013 Editor Demands FBI File Fix

Eric Garris, co-founder and editor of, says he filed a request …

Posted November 15th, 2013

The “Death of Writing” & Return of Oral Culture

Amidst reports of the ensuing “death of the novel,” former USA Today …

Posted November 12th, 2013