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Achenblog: May 15, 2005 - May 21, 2005

Class Differences in America

The other day The New York Times ran a huge groaning battleship of a story about "class," the first in a series. [The Times states, "A team of reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class -...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 20, 2005; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Not Even Good Enough for the Blog

Still noodling yesterday's Arianna Huffington blog comment about how Norman Mailer et al can now post their thoughts "unfiltered, uncensored, unedited" -- a remarkable libel against the ancient craft of editing. All writers need editors. Even Moses had an...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 19, 2005; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More Journalistic Plagiarism

The ombudsman forwarded me a letter from a blog reader, who had a problem with the Bewitched in Salem item on May 11. I said putting a Bewitched statue in Salem was too much like a Hogan's Heroes statue...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 19, 2005; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Vanishing Glaciers: Student Journalism Part 6

[This is a story by Ashley Ahearn, who took a road trip recently to Glacier National Park and filed this from some remote spot in Canada. She did what a good reporter does: Looked around, met people, took notes,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 19, 2005; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No Joke Tags Here

I just got a note from a reader: "I am moved to write because of the item in your blog today saying that j.d. salinger is posting at arianna huffington's blog. after 15 minutes of searching in vain for...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 18, 2005; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Humans to Become Irrelevant

A reader named Science Tim posted an interesting comment this morning on the Mars item, and here's an excerpt of what he said: "If we only work on solving the problems of making more and smarter robots and getting...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 18, 2005; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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New J.D. Salinger Blog at Huffington Post

Naturally I'm stunned that Ms. Huffington has gotten J.D. Salinger to start blogging. His entries are hilarious, too, if somewhat overly focused on Seymour Glass. It's good to know that we were right all along, and he was, indeed,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 18, 2005; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Mars dull like Tetris?

My friend Nathan read the space story Sunday and writes, "Do any of these people fixated on Mars realize that ... there's nothing fundamentally new about a Mars mission? It's sort of like the next level in Tetris, where...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 18, 2005; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Isikoff Role in Watergate Break-in?

I'm back, after the one-day experiment to see if anyone would notice if I didn't blog. My editor noticed. Sydney is very perceptive. Sydney monitors my moods. Sydney knows when the wheels are off the track. Sydney views me...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 18, 2005; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Founding Fictions

Sorry to be so linky but here is the latest Rough Draft column, on our Founding Fathers and the things no one knows about them....

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 16, 2005; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Today's Chat about Space Story

I got tired of typing (it's a brutal life, being a modern journalist) but fyi here is the transcript of today's chat about the Sunday article on the space program. In the chat I refer to the Joel Garreau...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 16, 2005; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Survivor: Lord of the Flies

Wandered in from the porch (grading boatloads of final papers) to watch enough of the finale of Survivor to note a couple of chronic syndromes: First, the basic notions of game theory seem to require that the final pair...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 16, 2005; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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The Pizza Man: Student Journalism Part 5

[This is a story by Georgetown senior Lyndsey Weiner, and it's very funny. I've trimmed a lot of it, so consider this just a couple of slices from the pie. Also, I've changed the name of the principle character.]...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 16, 2005; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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To Infinity and Beyond

Here's the story about NASA, the Vision, and the Space Age. I'll answer questions in a Live Online discussion Monday at 1 p.m....

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 15, 2005; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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