The Steady Theft of Our Time (Nov. 5, 2003)

One of the worst things about today’s ultramodern systems of communication is hiding in plain sight: They waste our time. Sure, gizmos like computers and cellphones and pagers can be real time-savers. But what’s less obvious is the great extent to which high tech keeps us waiting. Whether you’re rich, poor or somewhere in between, […]

King: I Have A Dream. Obama: I Have A Drone.

A simple twist of fate has set President Obama’s second Inaugural Address for January 21, the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. Obama made no mention of King during the Inauguration four years ago — but since then, in word and deed, the president has done much to distinguish himself from […]

Spinning Populism in American News Media

A specter is haunting America — the specter of populism. Now that Patrick Buchanan has left the Republican fold to seek the Reform Party’s presidential nomination, a lot of journalists will be analyzing his denunciations of the bipartisan establishment. In the months ahead, many pundits are going to throw brickbats in his direction. But Buchanan […]