Oddside News That Works

 

 The Atlantic, September 2013

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How to publish responsible journalism but appeal to the weirdness a sensationalism-loving public craves…hmmm…

Whatever you do, whatever you write, make sure technology is at the core of it.

This is what The Atlantic attempts in this edition, and it seems a success to this reader.

The lead story, “The Killing Machines,” by Mark Bowden, delves into Obama’s use of drones to combat jihad fighters in the Middle East. War has changed – it no longer involves traditional military strategy; it’s fought by non-state fighters and special forces. And drones are the centerpiece of this new type of war. How do the military, politicians, and the public adjust to this, the morality (or lack) of it? Read the article. It’s all there.

 

Are we addicted to work, an activity we seem to feel is anathema nowadays? In “The Work Addiction,” Jordan Weissmann compares work to alcohol usage, and claims the affluent are more heavily hooked on work that the less educated and affluent. And along these lines, there’s a conversation between Palul Theroux and Andrew McCarthy, “I Hate Vacations.”

 

James Fallows has displayed a significant curiosity regarding technology lately, and in his interview with Charles Simonyi, “Why Is Software So Slow?” we get a sense of the difficulties inherent in software development.

 

In “The Counterrevolutionary,” Sara Mosle explores Diana Ravich’s eschewing trendy tech-heavy education for a back-to-the-roots approach to educating kids.

 

Possibly the most intriguing article, especially for the social voyeur, is Hanna Rosin’s “Advertisement For Murder,” in which while middle-class males are targeted by a serial killer, “Jack,” through employment ads.

 

You get the drift. The Atlantic has decided to walk a fine line between sensationalism and responsible journalism, and it seems to be working.

 

 

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