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May 18th, 2014

Battle for Reddit's soul reflects opacity behind the scenes

    Think of Reddit, the Internet's self-proclaimed front page, as the plankton of the digital information ecosystem. The vast, labyrinthine network of forums, founded in 2005, is the site where all other sites go to feed on memes, news stories, ideas or whiffs of them.

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This generation of kids is just the worst . . . again

    Blanket generalizations are like souffles: easy to make, if you don't mind watching them collapse spectacularly when someone blows on them. Especially when they concern a whole generation, like most of what is said about Millennials.

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Before there was Piketty

    The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in the United States. The Allies liberated Paris 70 years ago. And, of course, it's been 135 years since "Progress and Poverty," by the American journalist Henry George, was published in 1879.

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Time to remake shareholder capitalism

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Monica tries conscious uncoupling from Hillary

    An essay in Vanity Fair last week taught us more about Monica Lewinsky than we had learned since Ken Starr wrote his sordid x-rated report in 1998.

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Turmoil, and intimations of gender bias, at the Gray Lady

    The print journalism world has been shaken by the firing in no uncertain terms of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times. The reaction has created as much buzz within the newspaper craft as the resignation little more than a year ago of Pope Benedict XVI.

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New Media Age: More news in fewer words

    Are words going out of style? At a time when the public's hunger for news reaches new heights, it is startling to hear the new word-count limits that Reuters and the Associated Press have imposed on their reporters.

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Points of No Return

    Recently two research teams, working independently and using different methods, reached an alarming conclusion: The West Antarctic ice sheet is doomed. The sheet's slide into the ocean, and the resulting sharp rise in sea levels, will probably happen slowly. But it's irreversible. Even if we took drastic action to limit global warming right now, this particular process of environmental change has reached a point of no return.

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Rethinking Campaign Finance

    In 2006, shortly after being elected to Congress - indeed, as he recalls it, before he had even taken his oath of office - John Sarbanes was approached by several Washington lobbyists. "They offered to do a fundraiser for me," he said. "I thought, 'I don't want to start down this road.'" So he put the lobbyists off.

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Friends of Hillary

    The American economy has gone through some tough times lately. But, happily, we still lead the world in the production of corn, soybeans, beef, cheese and stories about Hillary Clinton.

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