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  • Nightcrawler Nation

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal’s mouth, I could have kissed him.  If he’d added that those same civically negligent, inflammatory stations also make billions of...

  • The facts of Ebola

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 20, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea would not be part of my trip from PHL to LAX.   I also took it as a reminder that the Ebola irrationality I’ve slammed...

  • E-n-c-y-c-l-o-p-æ-d-i-a

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 6, 2014 | 8:45 am

    I wonder how Jiminy Cricket would have handled the æ.

    Half of the articles in the Encylopædia Britannica are now available on its website for free.  They used to be behind a $70-a-year pay wall, but, as the Chicago Tribune recently reported, the “246-year-old privately held...

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  • Climate change will be the number one issue in the 2034 midterm elections

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 22, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    On the day after the Sept. 23 UN Climate Change Summit in New York, sunset will bring the High Holidays to Jews around the world.   

    On that night, I wonder whether the words of the Unetanneh Tokef, the troubling prayer at the heart of the Days of Awe, will resonate with news...

  • Brands make lousy lovers

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 8, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    What brand doesn’t belong on this list?  Amazon, Uber, Yelp, Hillary.

    It’s a trick question. They all belong. In recent days, they’ve all been making it harder for their fans to love them.

    I loved Amazon at first sight. Later, when it killed Borders, I forgave it, and called it...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2014 | 12:20 am

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • The secret of Warren Bennis’s success

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in the New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from who he was and the...

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