January 6, 2006 |
TODD GITLIN'S objective with his 11th book, "The Intellectuals and the Flag," is "to contribute to a new start for the intellectual life on the left." The former leader of the radical Students for a Democratic Society in the '60s aims "to resurrect a liberal ideal of patriotism in the awful aftermath" of Sept. 11, 2001, "refusing to bow to the notion that the proper reply to mass murder is plutocracy, zealotry, and indiscriminate war," he writes in the introduction to this collection of essays.
November 26, 2003
Brian Anderson's description of a liberal media behemoth starting to crumble before conservative challenges is several years behind the times ("Culture Clash," Opinion, Nov. 23). For the last several years, the story has been of an unchallenged conservative media behemoth that liberals have barely started to chip away at. Anderson's contention that Fox News exposes viewers to conservative opinions not heard elsewhere on TV is ludicrous. David Brooks, George Will, Ann Coulter, Robert Novak, Kate O'Beirne and many others all offer conservative spins on news events on channels other than Fox News.
April 20, 2003 |
Two years ago, I was invited to the South Australian desert to meet a group of Aboriginal elders who were fighting a radioactive waste dump on their land. I went to Coober Pedy expecting to be bombarded with alarming facts about toxic waste leaking into groundwater, cancer risks and the half-life of radium. Something else happened instead. Immediately upon my arrival, I was scooped up by a group of young environmentalists who dressed like "Mad Max" characters and took me camping.
March 3, 2002 |
Marshall McLuhan once said that whoever discovered water wasn't a fish. It's hard to put the mass media in perspective; most of us, most of the time, are fish in the media ocean. But it's not impossible to be amphibious and see our information society as a sometimes oppressive torrent of words and images, flowing through a variety of media that entertain and inform us, while variously distorting, compressing, magnifying, ignoring and counterfeiting different aspects of social reality.
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February 19, 2001
Re "How TV Killed Democracy on Nov. 7," Commentary, Feb. 14: After the votes had been counted twice and George W. Bush was the leader in the Florida vote count, I find it odd that anyone would think that the person with the lead in an election, no matter how slim, should concede. Local elections are frequently decided with margins of as few as one vote, and no one thinks the winner should concede. It's time to get over it--Bush is president for the next four years. WALTER T. BACHE Artesia Thank you, Todd Gitlin, for skewering the myth of "the liberal media."
May 14, 1999 |
It is a given: A man who abandons his family stirs deep, tangled and painful feelings in the people he leaves behind. To his spouse--who as an adult is always complicit in the failure of the relationship--the rupture becomes graspable and survivable in time; to his child, who is a voiceless and impotent bystander, the legacy is far more enduring. The child's quest to understand his father's actions often becomes a lifelong, passionate preoccupation.