Why the New Pre-9/11 Disclosures Matter
September 11, 2012

If nothing else, the NYT report today of additional pre-9/11 warnings about Al Qaeda serves to puncture our disconcerting national amnesia.

The Trouble with Measuring 'Tweets Per Minute'
September 07, 2012

All those election-night references to Tweets Per Minute? Here's why they don't tell us much

Slouching Towards Charlotte: The Alienating Spectacle That is the Democratic Convention
September 05, 2012

CHARLOTTE—For me, who had never been to a convention until I arrived in Charlotte Monday night, and who had never been a straight political journalist until I felt compelled to act like one because I was suddenly surrounded by them, the problem of watching a speech from the convention floor, is the problem of the convention generally: With so much manufactured spectacle right up in your face, and so much interpretative press machinery grinding away loudly on every side, you don’t know where to look, or how to look, or even if you’re actually there at all.

Michelle Obama’s Most Important Title Really Is Mom-in-Chief
September 05, 2012

Michelle Obama has been the most active Fisrt Lady in memory. She can only do that by being "Mom-in-Chief."

Kal Penn’s Pitch to the Youngfolk: Tin-Eared, On-Message
September 05, 2012

Kal Penn goes after the youth vote for Obama, with mixed results.

Europe on 5 GB a Day: What Does It Mean When Smartphones Replace Travel Guides?
August 27, 2012

Google might be the first to kill a travel publisher's print edition, but it likely won't be the last. Is there anything you can't do with an app?

The Tweeps on the Bus
August 24, 2012

BuzzFeed constructs its political content for the Twitter-fied world.

Mad Murdoch Maligns Mousy Mitt
August 24, 2012

What's behind Rupert Murdoch's mistrust of Romney?

Swift Boating: Why Do We Care if Taylor Swift Dates a Kennedy?
August 23, 2012

Taylor Swift's calculated innocence collides with the Kennedy clan.

Poet Laureates of Mars: Meet the NASA Team Behind Curiosity’s Twitter
August 09, 2012

Early Monday morning, NASA’s half-ton, nuclear powered Curiosity rover touched down on the surface of Mars. Minutes later, the rover tweeted, “GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!!” The Robot’s outburst prompted a retort from Stephen Colbert. “I don’t know who this Gale is, but gentlemen don’t kiss and tell,” he admonished on his Tuesday show. But Colbert had his facts wrong—Curiosity is no gentleman. I discovered as much when I contacted NASA to find out who exactly is responsible for Curiosity’s sassy and flamboyant personality on Twitter, which has already managed to attract 900,000 followers.