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July 3, 2006 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design by Peter Ahlberg, photograph by Mic Burns

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  • Features

    A Ten-Point Plan for Media Democracy

    With Congress poised to pass legislation that rewrites the Telecom Act, here are ten action items for a media reform agenda.

    Jeffrey Chester

  • The National Entertainment State, 2006

    After a decade of strategic mergers, impulsive couplings and messy divorces--the birth of new media--this chart shows that national media landscape still bears the oversized footprints of a handful of giant corporations.

    The Nation

  • The Death of News

    The press that once went hoarse over Monica Lewinsky's dress is largely silent over the Bush regime's vast abuses of power.

    Mark Crispin Miller

  • Hey Guys, It’s Just a Game

    Soccer's not for wimps, but Team America and its fans have brought a decidedly militarist mindset to the World Cup.

    Dave Zirin and John Cox

  • Mega-merger Mania

    Americans overwhelmingly oppose media consolidation, but the FCC is poised to further relax media ownership rules.

    Eric Klinenberg

  • Bush World

    In the guise of giving us what we want, media giants have created a culture defined by untrammeled greed, the worship of power and a ruthless disregard for the public good.

    Lakshmi Chaudhry

  • Use the Tools

    The fight over media consolidation is anachronistic. Progressives should focus instead on mastering the tools of new media--it's here, not in the corporate boardroom, where the new media wars will be fought and won.

    Markos Moulitsas

  • Stealth Media

    Corporations used to disguise their attempts to masquerade as "indie," but now they've become invisible to the naked eye.

    Ana Marie Cox

  • Local Media Left Behind

    National media are increasingly catering to the highly mobile, globalized, mostly white middle class, leaving those who can't afford access to slip into a separate and unequal world of second-class information.

    Ethan Michaeli

  • Digital Music Revolution

    The music industry lives in fear of downloadable media, but artists have the vision to re-engineer our collective psyche.

    Paul D. Miller

  • The Self-Expression Sector

    New forms of participatory media have changed public discourse, enabling people to publish, share and disseminate their own media creations. But will only the affluent be able to play?

    Rebecca MacKinnon

  • Co-opting Consumers of Color

    Fewer minority-owned outlets means fewer minorities in the media. With such threats to public discourse, what will become of our voices, points of view and interests?

    Makani Themba

  • Fight for a Free Press

    The collapse of journalism and the rise of commercialism is sparking a reform movement that will fight to ensure the First Amendment endures in the digital age.

    Robert W. McChesney

  • Access of Evil

    Compliant coverage of the Iraq War proved the news business is morally compromised, no longer driven by creative people with something to tell but by global corporations with something to sell.

    Amy Goodman

  • Brave New Media

    We don't need to buy a network to get our message out--just creatively use an array of low-cost tools from the Internet to iPods, cellphones and whatever comes next.

    Robert Greenwald

  • The National Entertainment State (Forum)

    If the promise of new media is to be fulfilled, progressives must chart a course of activism that confronts the increasing concentration of ownership among the Big Media powerhouses.

    The Nation

  • Editorials

    The UN Bites Back

    If the Bush Administration is serious about UN reform, it should replace Ambassador John Bolton and stop linking payment of dues to action on reform.

    the Editors

  • Burning Cole

    Politics trumped academic integrity when a neocon network torpedoed the appointment of Mideast scholar and blogger Juan Cole to a faculty position at Yale.

    Philip Weiss

  • Danger in Paradise

    It's hard to tell whether the US is conducting a war against terror or against Native Hawaiians, as the military uses parts of the Waianae coast as a live-fire training ground.

    Mindy Pennybacker

  • Bunkum From Benador

    The debunking of a PR agency that circulated a bogus story about persecution of Jews in Iran exposed the moving parts of a media machine bent on preparing the American public for another war.

    Larry Cohler-Esses

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  • Books and the Arts

    The Poet and the Muse

    A new collection of letters between Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome reveals an intimate portrait of a poet and his muse.

    Mark M. Anderson

  • Short Takes

    Reviews of novels by Anne Tyler, Chris Abani, and Rodrigo Fresan.

    Ruth Baldwin and Christine Smallwood

  • We Are the World

    When liberals and conservatives discuss the United States' role in the world, they are really talking about the narcissism of small differences. Two new books show how both sides share a conviction in American exceptionalism.

    David Rieff

  • News of a Kidnapping

    Reviews of The Road to Guantanamo and Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul.

    Stuart Klawans

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