Facebooking Through Tragedy
April 17, 2013
When disaster struck nearby, I logged off Twitter for a different kind of news.
Newspapers in a Time of Need
April 16, 2013
Boston's papers shined after Monday's bombing. Then again, so did social media.
The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution
January 31, 2013
Andy Carvin, "the man who tweets revolutions," logged 1,000 tweets a day about the uprisings of the Arab Spring. He says social media helped him understand events better than he would have if he'd been there. His triumphalist online-journalism memoir makes it clear that he missed a lot along the way.
How Do You Stop Racism on Twitter?
January 31, 2013
France wants to prosecute people who write racist tweets. America prefers a different approach: vigilante justice. Neither one will solve the problem.
The new Bryant is as meta as ever—more a concept than a human being.
The Literary Insecurities of Washington, D.C.
January 15, 2013
The Post's list of D.C.'s best books "has the ungainly feel of trying too hard and protesting too much."
Is Christie Abandoning His True Base?
January 11, 2013
His biggest boosters, a coterie of Wall Street conservatives, have lost their love.
Is It OK for White Music Critics to Like Violent Rap?
January 08, 2013
Several white critics gave Chief Keef positive reviews. Several black critics say those white critics don't get it.
Bret Easton Ellis, Twitter Psycho
December 20, 2012
Is his social-media presence performance art, or just a bored guy looking for attention?
Do Photographers Need Instagram More Than It Needs Them?
December 19, 2012
Professional photographers were horrified by Instagram's new plan to sell their photos, but quitting is easier said than done.