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Huffington Post’s Good News Section

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I like the idea of a Good News section in the newspaper. I feel like that’s what People Magazine kind of used to be about? Inspiring stories about people who weren’t famous? But it’s turned into 10% that, and 90% celebrity wedding photos and Teen Mom scoops.

ZOË RICE: My relationship with the news changed ten years ago, in the aftermath of September 11th. A downtown New Yorker in the thick of it all, I needed a balanced portrait of what was happening in my backyard and an objective viewpoint of world goings-on. Instead, I got the kind of scare-mongering that promoted ratings. By the time “It’s Anthrax!!!” became a daily warning from my local news, I wiped my hands of it and decided that from now on I’d be combing headlines with the same eye I used to evaluate entertainment – no mind-numbing Housewives or Jersey Shoreites. And no alarmist exaggerating from my formerly trusted news sources. Continue reading

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Huffington Post/AOL

AKIE BERMISS: The news earlier this month that AOL was buying the Huffington Post for $315 million wasn’t so much a shocker to me as it was a disappointment. The HuffPo has become a representation of all the potential for quality and instantness that the internet can provide. In a wilderness of news blogs, HuffPo was the standout. From politics and breaking news to entertainment and arts criticism. There are those maddening editorials that you email around to your friends and the recaps of hilarious television moments. How many of us check up on HuffPo several times throughout the day to see what’s new? To me, it was like what NPR would be like if it were online. A one-stop location for all your information needs. And AOL — just what the hell is AOL these days anyway? I can’t remember the last time I went to an AOL-owned site to check up on something.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Akie is right: AOL, as it was constructed, should have gone out of business years ago. A fantastic takeaway from the New Yorker piece on AOL earlier this year was the amount of revenue the company gathered from older Americans with DSL or cable Internet who purchased AOL anyway- simply because they didn’t know the technology had been eclipsed. Continue reading

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Polling Anomalies and Election 2010

JESSICA BADER: A huge part of the argument that Democrats will be shellacked in the midterm elections is the “enthusiasm gap.” It’s a plausible scenario. It also just might be dead wrong.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’ll be honest: this began as a discussion on why the skeptics of polls around this time are usually unduly optimistic members of whatever party is about to get shellacked. The cell phone phenemenon is a great example- have that many people really purchased cell phones between 2008, when the polling was quite good, and 2010? Continue reading

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Christine O’Donnell and Witchcraft

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The Huffington Post noted last week that Wiccans are not particularly pleased with Christine O’Donnell’s “witchcraft” comments, particularly her allusion to the “questionable folks” she may or may not have hung out with in high school.

ALLISON REILLY: True, O’Donnell’s comments and past involving witchcraft aren’t worth the media hype it’s received. And true, they probably won’t mean anything to her political career in the long run. But as someone who lived with a Wiccan for two years, the definition of Wicca and its differentiation from Satanism and witchcraft must be specified. Continue reading

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Worst Modern American Authors

LAURA ROBERTS: This week, the Huffington Post made a list of what they described as “The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers.” With authors like Amy Tan, Jonathan Safran Foer and Junot Diaz on their list, I feel they’ve forgotten a few. Here are my top 10 most overrated American authors (which, BTW, completely leaves out the most overrated authors, globally, but I guess HuffPo is all about critiquing the stuff that hits closest to home):

HOWARD MEGDAL: While stipulating that these are subjective evaluations, I did have issue with a fair number of The Huffington Post’s list, written by Anis Shivani. Continue reading

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