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Dan Gillmor on how to make the media serve us

Dan Gillmor on how to make the media serve us


With the publication of his 2004 book "We the Media," Dan Gillmor established himself as one of the most important thinkers in digital journalism. Because...
By Dan Kennedy  |  January 21, 2011
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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009
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Sterling-Cooper sells the season

The Guide to the Season isn’t about any particular gift, just like it’s not about any particular holiday. It’s a feeling. A sensation. A supplement.
Behind the scenes of the Phoenix' s Gift Guide, starring the cast of Mad Men
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 11, 2009
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Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009

RIP, Don Hewitt


This CBS obituary describes the "60 Minutes" creator as a "TV news giant"--a characterization which, it seems, is completely hyperbole-free. Like his colleague Walter Cronkite, Hewitt...
By Adam Reilly  |  August 19, 2009

More fun in Nawt Prov

Sal Mancini would be proud.
Tales of Ebay Cholly. Plus, our sorry state, kissing cops, and the GOP.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 31, 2009


Monday night media matters (updated: Guild votes yes!)


Apologies for the light posting the last few days; I've been visiting family in what some on the East Coast term "the Heartland." (Of course,...
By Adam Reilly  |  July 20, 2009
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Jim nauseam

In the early days of the Obama administration, one politically perilous warning keeps resurfacing for the man in the Oval Office: "Don't turn into another Jimmy Carter."
Constant comparisons to Jimmy Carter are driving Barack batty. And they're unfair — to Jimmy Carter.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 03, 2009
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Dance, Monkey!: Jennifer Myszkowski

How about old #43 opens a Payless ShoeSource franchise in downtown Baghdad?
Naked bungee jumping
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  January 21, 2009

Flashbacks(1)

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
From the archives of the Boston Phoenix
By  |  October 27, 2008
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30 on 30

The Providence Phoenix celebrates 30 years with 30 interviews  
30 local luminaries look back on 30 years of the New Paper and the Providence Phoenix
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2008


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Old trickster

On New Year’s Day 1980, telegrams sent from Utah arrived at the New York Times and the Daily News announcing that 50-year-old media hoaxter Alan Abel had suffered a heart attack at a ski resort near Orem, Utah. He left behind a wife, Jeanne, and daug
At age 78, able-bodied Alan Abel’s life is still one big joke
By IAN SANDS  |  October 09, 2008
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Slime time

Nasty presidential races are nothing new.

We already know about politicians’ capacity for coarse behavior. But how low can the press go?


By ADAM REILLY  |  February 20, 2008

Letters to the Portland editor: Febraury 8, 2008

Brady didn’t just miss the mark when he decided to go after Gregg Lagerquist’s journalistic credibility — he made a mockery of himself and your paper.
Story 'a mockery' of news
By LETTER TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  February 06, 2008

The Victory Day ‘confusement’

The late, great Professor Longhair used to describe a complicated situation as “the time when all the confusement comes in.”
Historical amnesia spreads far and wide
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 01, 2007

Enemies in high places



By ADAM REILLY  |  May 30, 2007


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The conspiracist

“Assassination-conspiracy theorist” is a relatively recent addition to Paul Kuntzler’s résumé. Watch Paul Kuntzler on the JFK assassination
Gay-rights crusader Paul Kuntzler turns a sharp mind for detail to the JFK assassination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 11, 2007
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Off the press!

I can write the alternative press’s history — or one passably passionate version of it — because the institution’s trajectory matches my own.
My life and good times in alternative journalism  
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  November 15, 2006

Bottoms of barrels

There are two gubernatorial candidates on the November ballot who definitely shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  June 14, 2006
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On the Racks: May 23, 2006

Plus new releases by Osaka Popstar, PJ Harvey, and the American Idol kids.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks, Damone
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 23, 2006
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Numbing carnage

On the morning of March 8, viewers had their first sip of coffee to a grisly sight on the news shows: grainy video of roughly two-dozen dead Iraqis lined up in a makeshift morgue, many of them apparently bound and strangled.
Once an upbeat hit, Bush’s Iraq show has jumped the shark
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 15, 2006


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Attack of the 50-foot Oprah

David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 09, 2006
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Wish list

[1] An MBTA Red Line station without a broken escalator. [2] Someone in the White House who at least pretends we’re still looking for Osama.
106 things the Phoenix wants to see in 2006
By  |  December 30, 2005