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A Reporter at Odds: Trading the Notebook for a Guidebook


In this New Yorker piece (subscription required), reporter Jane Kramer is a reluctant tourist through about five major Southeast Asia destinations. Not surprisingly, her travel prose is sharp, providing context and a war correspondent’s historical insight, making this one of the most engrossing articles I’ve read this year.
One of my favorite lines:
“Sunrise at Angkor Wat amounts to guidebook catechism. Never mind that the Wat itself was still a smudge in the semi-darkness. I had never seen so many people taking pictures of a smudge.”

Inside The Investigation Of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson


A decade ago gambling magnate and leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson looked at a desolate spit of land in Macau and imagined a glittering strip of casinos, hotels and malls.


The Facebook Fallacy

Facebook not only is on course to go bust but will take the rest of the ad-supported Web with it.

Given its vast cash reserves and the glacial pace of business reckonings, this assertion will sound exaggerated. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

At the heart of the Internet business is one of the great business fallacies of our time: that the Web, with all its targeting abilities, can be a more efficient, and hence more profitable, advertising medium than traditional media. Facebook, with its 900 million users, its valuation of around $60 billion (as of early June), and a business derived primarily from fairly traditional online advertising, is now at the heart of the heart of this fallacy.

"When I hear a writer say that they ‘put in a call,’ I want to pull my hair out."

New Yorker editor David Remnick, on how good reporting can mean calling a source so many times that “the person [decides] it’s better to give you the time than to endure the constant assaults of your calls and emails.”

Storyboard: David Remnick on the Art of the Profile

(via jessbennett)

"The slogan was emblazoned on virtually every piece of Gray campaign literature or merchandise in 2010, whether paid for with legal donations or by the illicit shadow operation: “Character. Integrity. Leadership.”"

The role of long form narratives in social media


A few months ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Jonathan Harris speak at CUNY about his project Cowbird, a social media platform for multimedia storytelling. I have to admit that I did not know too much about him or his project but I was blown away by his ability to share a story with…