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This Media Life Archive

July 8, 2002
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
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
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
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
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.

May 27, 2002
The Outcasts

JFK Jr. memoirist Richard Blow and Bias hysteric Bernard Goldberg have been demonized by the media for breaking unspoken rules. How nice, then, that the media has made both men stars!

May 20, 2002
The Odd Couple

His Rolling Stone is in trouble, but at least he's got Bonnie Fuller working her black magic at Us Weekly. Now all Jann Wenner has to do is find a rock-and-roll Bonnie to save his flagship.

May 13, 2002
The Big Fix

Suddenly, the turn-of-the-millennium lust for media-world consolidation seems absurd (just ask AOL Time Warner and Vivendi shareholders). Is it already time for AT&T-style breakups?

May 6, 2002
The Unspun

It's pretty clear that the Israelis and the Catholics just don't get it: They're both losing the media war. What they also don't get is that this is a war they must fight.

April 29, 2002
The New Old News

With the Journal's new look, the Times' new section, and the New York Sun's exercise in journalistic nostalgia, newspapering is suddenly hot. Is there a future on paper?