Is the Ice Bucket Challenge about raising awareness and money for a disease that has no cure, or is it just about showing off?
This is a can of social media worms that I’d rather not open.
Before Facebook made it sound like a disease, didn’t we once call it empathy?
Joshua Rubenstein: “Initially, the soldiers did not understand what they were finding.”
What do we lose when the local press isn’t covering Beacon Hill?
Why is no one talking about the abject parenting failure inflicted upon this film’s girls?
McLuhan’s most famous book remains a fascinating repository half a century later, full of pretentious mumbo-jumbo, sure, but also insights powerful enough to startle even the most jaded reader.
What’s an online review worth if anyone can write one?
Parental organizations bring us together as a community. They make us more powerful than we might be alone.
“Listicles” are polluting news sites with their shareable, yet inane, content. Julie Wittes Schlack is fighting back with, what else, a listicle of her own.
If “mental health” is again on the docket for discussion in news outlets and on opinion pages, you can guarantee that we’re in the wake of more high profile violent crimes.
The corpses of nearly 800 children may have been buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage. Another shameful chapter in our country’s history.
That the new owner said, “This will not impact our news coverage in any way” is an insult to the people of Worcester and central Massachusetts.
Critics’ despair is premature; Francis wouldn’t be the first leader who temporized before doing something that had to be done.
Is he is ‘traitor’ who betrayed his country, or a ‘whistle-blower’ who sparked an important conversation about the limits of surveillance?
The rationale behind Elliot Rodger’s alleged killing spree amplify the toxic ideals of masculinity that pervade our society.
Getting to the misogyny at the core of their rage.
Research suggests that if you see something depicted often enough in the news or the movies, what was once reprehensible may start to feel safer to imagine, debate, and even justify.
The media seems enthralled by the narrative that millennials just won’t grow up. But beyond the ever-shifting stereotypes about “kids these days,” there’s not much evidence to suggest the current crop of 20-somethings are all that different from their predecessors.
The media shouldn’t be reporting allegations that Edward Snowden is a Russian spy just because some congressman says so.
The Malaysia Airlines investigation has renewed questions about airline safety and security. But David Ropeik says the real danger is our own anxiety.
Formula One racing icon Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life following a horrific fall while skiing off-piste. Peter May says it’s a tragedy that’s all the more profound because it was preventable.
The Kentucky senator is caught lifting speech material verbatim. But that’s not what bothers Steve Almond.
After half a century, those who lived through the assassination of John F. Kennedy can still feel the icy shadow of that dark and monumental grief.
The New York Times has chosen the occasion of its website redesign to introduce its first batch of native ads.
My father, William Manchester, wrote one of the definitive accounts of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It was an agonizing process, after which he’d never be the same.
Examining the decision to live-tweet the passing of a loved one.
On the legacy and promise of the verification and amplification of news.
During the manhunt for the Marathon bombing suspects, people in and around Boston were told to “shelter in place.” Leah Hager Cohen recalls the strangeness of it all.
In the wake of random sexual attacks, women get all kinds of advice about how to stay safe. But in reality, only a small portion of assaults are perpetrated by strangers.
In the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, reporters wantonly threw out their rule book.
I felt that I had devoted my career to telling the truth, and the truth was that I was fired, so it just seemed — what else? I wasn’t going to — my kids are 31 and 29. I wasn’t going to say, ‘I’ve decided to step down to spend more time with my family.’
Having trouble deciphering the social network’s latest policy changes and what they mean for you? It’s less complicated than it seems — but if you “like” privacy, it’s not good news.
Reddit’s Boston Marathon bombing investigation, even with its mistakes, raised an important truth: The police need the public’s help.
Once relegated — literally — to the sidelines, or stuck in support roles, serving as warm-up acts for male analysts, female sports journalists today are recognized for their knowledge and opinions about the teams and the players they cover.
When it comes to reporting on criminal justice cases, retired Judge Nancy Gertner says the media is guilty of producing sloppy, formulaic coverage.
Everybody loves the Olympics – so why don’t we get the exciting, imaginative television coverage these Games deserve?
Another young journalist whose byline will be forever linked to fabrication and plagiarism. From the pantheon of literary pop stars to the dungeon of fallen stars, Tom Fiedler looks at Jonah Lehrer’s lies.
Alice Hoffman on why the development of “fictional” characters often tells us more about the writer — than the character.
TV is the new cinema — such is the prevailing sentiment of the time. But this casual acceptance of television’s coup-d’état as fact demands a little counter-programming.
E.L. James’ runaway bestseller fails as a novel and as porn. But Tom Perrotta says in a funny way, this dual failure is probably also one of the secrets of the book’s outlandish success.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.