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Michael Wolff

September 15, 2002 | Feature
The Market for Tragedy

For some people, everything changed. For other people, nothing changed. Just ask the agents and distributors and other media types who determine the relative value of 9/11 product.

May 20, 2005 | This Media Life
War Games

It's a brilliant piece of media manipulation that our ever-pending war on Iraq has made Bush look not indecisive but tempered. If the saber rattling is the drama, is war an afterthought?

August 25, 2002 | This Media Life
Apocalypse Now

The press keeps pretending that the tumult at the top of the big media conglomerates is just an unfortunate, fleeting chapter. Guess what? It's actually the end of the world as we know it.

July 29, 2002 | This Media Life
You Got Nailed

AOL Time Warner has pinned its existential crisis on the biggest, baddest fall guy since the dearly departed Jerry Levin -- but for Bob Pittman, consummate promoter, the show will simply go on.

July 22, 2002 | This Media Life
Out of Business

How could the demise of the business culture -- prompted by the ongoing spectacle of corporate humiliation -- be a good thing? Ask the good old-fashioned gentlemen at Forbes.

July 8, 2002 | This Media Life
Homeland Insecurity

We can't stand to be without a clear plot, so the media scrambles to construct a narrative for the shadowy, diffuse terror "network" we're up against. But is the reporting ahead of the reality?

June 24, 2002 | This Media Life
Manhattan Ending

Woody Allen's unfortunate little court case wasn't just about the money. It was a public forum about the value, the very existence, of Woody Allen movies -- and Woody himself.

June 17, 2002 | This Media Life
The Andy Problem

Wherein I huddle with candidate Cuomo and attempt to parse the personality issue: Why he comes off as too ambitious, too intense. And why, in the end, maybe it won't matter.

June 10, 2002 | This Media Life
Facing the Music

Rock stars and music-industry execs once ruled the earth, but now -- in terms of size and profit margins -- the music industry is becoming the book business (minus the literacy).

June 3, 2002 | This Media Life
Blaming Bush

As the what-did-Dubya-know-and-when-did-he-know-it debate rages on, the White House finds itself confronting an implacable enemy: the human need to apportion blame.

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