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This Media Life Archive

April 21, 2003
My Big Fat Question

While the war was raging elsewhere, I was stuck at CENTCOM, where I was supposed to be lobbing softball questions at generals. Naturally, I did the opposite. (Cue hate mail from Rush Limbaugh fans.)

April 7, 2003
35 Years

Michael Wolff on Clay Felker's ambitions for his magazine--and himself.

April 7, 2003
Buying the Dream

Time Warner merging with AOL is the old story of the Titanic and that iceberg -- they're still scrambling for the lifeboats.

April 7, 2003
Live From Doha . . .

. . . it’s a TV-ready war update spoonfed to hundreds of journalists by the U.S. military! A report from the surreal, over-air-conditioned million-dollar briefing center in the middle of nowhere.

March 31, 2003
Behind the Lines

Here in New York, half a world away, the war in Iraq is having its impact, changing politics and media and mind-sets at cruise-missile speed. What will New York and America do—and what will it be like to be an American—when the smoke clears? An examination of the war and its aftermath.

March 31, 2003

Media’s biggest bully ducked out of the limelight for fifteen months to write a God-is-in-the-details account of life post-9/11. By returning to writing, has Steve Brill found a new way to dominate?

March 17, 2003
Oh, Get Real!

Put a couple of middlebrow programming execs in a dumbed-down, all-reality-all-the-time network television environment, and does hilarity ensue? Just ask Jeff Zucker and Susan Lyne.

March 10, 2003
Bush Family Values

How do you cover a war that’s a rerun (complete with another surreal Dan Rather–Saddam interview)—a war that’s all about a son trying to recapture his dad’s fleeting glory days?

March 3, 2003
Stop, Thief!

If only it were that easy. Music and film execs obsess about our evil file-sharing ways, but demonizing the public they so desperately need won’t stop the free fall in the value of content.

February 24, 2003
What, Us Worry? Yes, Us Worry

The impending war, the threat of terrorism, and the troubles on Wall Street, in the media business, and with the economy as a whole are creating a perfect storm of anxiety for New Yorkers. Is this a passing phase? Or (gulp) our new reality?

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