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Memo To The Vatican: Get Real Religion

Memo To The Vatican: Get Real

By Eileen McNamara

By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals — and only asks — whether the Catholic Church is “capable of welcoming these people” a cause for celebration?

Digital Natives: Plugged In, But Connected? Life

Digital Natives: Plugged In, But Connected?

By Julie Wittes Schlack

For all of their real time communication, for all of that so-called ‘sharing’ via pictures and urls and status updates, today’s kids are hard-pressed to name a common experience.

Two Views On The Ice Bucket Challenge Media

Two Views On The Ice Bucket Challenge

By Heena Santry and Eric Hansson

Is the Ice Bucket Challenge about raising awareness and money for a disease that has no cure, or is it just about showing off?

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Beneath The Bondage, Harmful Effects Books

Beneath The Bondage, Harmful Effects

By Caryl Rivers

Thanks to the likes of Lady Gaga and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” S&M is making a comeback — but at what cost? Caryl Rivers examines the effects.

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Why Newspapers Are Dying Media

Why Newspapers Are Dying

By Ed Fouhy

Newspapers don’t need any more bad news. Unfortunately, thanks to a small and obscure federal agency, they just got some. Ed Fouhy breaks down the latest blow in their struggle for survival and asks, whither Boston journalism?

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NBC Is Missing The Gold Olympics 2012

NBC Is Missing The Gold

By E. M. Swift

Everybody loves the Olympics – so why don’t we get the exciting, imaginative television coverage these Games deserve?

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Jonah Lehrer’s Fall — The How And Why Media

Jonah Lehrer’s Fall — The How And Why

By Tom Fiedler

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.

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Our Characters, Ourselves Books

Our Characters, Ourselves

By Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman on why the development of “fictional” characters often tells us more about the writer — than the character.

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I Found It At The Movies Film/TV

I Found It At The Movies

By Aaron Beatty

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.

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Fifty Shades Of Whatever Books

Fifty Shades Of Whatever

By Tom Perrotta

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.

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