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Links 1 through 10 of 233 by gabriel dance tagged nytimes.com

The point is not that this theory is powerfully predictive. It isn’t. It’s too simple to account for all the subtleties of geopolitical dynamics. The point is that some part of what we observe is due to nothing more than the primitive logic of “the enemy of my enemy,” and this part is captured perfectly by the multiplication of negative numbers. By sifting the generic from the meaningful, the arithmetic of negative numbers can help us see where the real puzzles lie.

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As he absorbs more responsibility for the digital operations of The New York Times, executive editor Bill Keller is trying something that anthropologists would call participant observation: For three weeks, he’s been limiting his exposure to the print edition and consuming the Times in its various digital forms, “trying to better understand the joys and frustrations of our journalism delivered online,” as he put it in a meeting on Thursday.

John Temple, former publisher of the defunct Rocky Mountain News, suggested in July that newspaper editors spend time exclusively reading news on the web, but Keller (and Times managing editor Jill Abramson) are the first I know who have tried it. I emailed Keller to see how the experiment is going, and he obliged with some observations on comprehensiveness, serendipity, and the “balky and drab” experience of reading the Times on a Kindle:

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this page is bizarre. the publish date updates every day you reload the page. the first time i saw it it said july 29. today it says aug. 1. whack.

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Check out Jigar Mehta’s documentary journalism piece, The Recession-Proof Artist at The New York Times. It reveals another example of how simplicity lends itself to a visually-powerful work when the a video journalist avoids the broadcast news style:

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Josh Marshall said in his blog: “More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq.”

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