- November 20, 2000
- The Losers
The candidates got the vote they deserved. Turn the election into a marketing arms race, and it's bound to end in mutually assured destruction.
- December 21, 1998
- You've Got Merger
AOL owns the Internet, has an absurd valuation (bigger than Viacom's!), and has media-company wannabes running the show. Guess what? Netscape's just an appetizer.
- May 24, 1999
- The Last Action Mogul
Barry Diller's lone-gunslinger style and his frenetic deal-making pace make him a role model for other media tycoons. But what does his empire really add up to?
- September 23, 2002
- Class Dismissed
The journalism school needed a dean, but Columbia's new president called off the search -- because what the J-school really needs is a clue. Welcome to the Ivy League's latest class war.
- October 4, 1999
- Publish and Perish
A writer is only one book away from career disaster today. Just ask best-selling author Joe McGinniss what it takes to market a book once the scribbling is done.
- October 2, 2000
- Al Gore Rhythm
In the science of elections, everyone overlooks the iron law of reversals: If you're up, then you're going to be down. Why can't the candidates just master the formula?
- June 14, 1999
- It's the ?, Stupid!
Before the candidates can compete for votes, they need themes (that's where the media comes in) and public personalities (come in, Al Gore).
- June 18, 2001
- Strange Bedfellows
What could the Andrew Sullivan sex scandal and the George Christy Hollywood-graft affair possibly have in common? More than you think.
- October 26, 1998
- I Want My ImpeachTV
Our congressmen are so busy getting ready for their career-making close-ups, they've hardly noticed that TV, in this age of cable and Internet, is no longer Watergate-ready.
- February 14, 2000
- Waiting to Exhale
For Geraldine Laybourne, the queen of pure content, the real battle won't be for viewers but for cable space. Will women care enough to declare: "I want my Oxygen"?