· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · August
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Economist Trouble · I am a long-time read­er of The Economist; I give sub­scrip­tions to sev­er­al of my loved ones ev­ery Christ­mas, and re­gard it as the most com­pact and ef­fi­cient way to be rea­son­ably well in­formed about the world’s re­al­i­ties. One has to route around their re­flex­ive ide­o­log­i­cal fil­ter (“Well, maybe child labour isn’t that bad if the mar­ket wants it”), but stil­l, the qual­i­ty of writ­ing and think­ing is gen­er­al­ly very good. In the last cou­ple of years, though, there’s been a slow steady trick­le of hor­rid ed­i­to­ri­al laps­es; some things can ap­par­ent­ly make it on­to the page with­out hav­ing passed through an in­tel­li­gent person’s mind. This wor­ries me, since I’d find it hard to re­place if it went bad ...
Totten Under Fire · The re­mark­able Michael Tot­ten, whose on-the-spot Mid­dle East re­portage I’ve rec­om­mend­ed be­fore, spent a day driv­ing around the mid­dle of the cur­rent war, and took lots of pic­tures. This is re­mark­able re­port­ing; why isn’t the main­stream me­dia do­ing it? Any­how, con­sid­er hit­ting his tip jar.
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