Media

Bankrupt, but there’s a Whole Foods

That the opening of a single grocery store in a single city should be national news might seem hard to explain. Then again, the city is Detroit and the store is Whole Foods, and the full story involves post-industrial decline, growing food insecurity, and a population that refuses to become invisible, or to give up.

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Convict cells, graves, and gift shops

Driven by pleasure-seeking and curiosity, over the past century and a half tourism has evolved from a pastime of the leisured rich to a trillion-dollar mass industry. But tourism is about much more than fun and money, historian Richard White tells SCOPE: looked at the right way, it offers an invaluable view into a society’s relationship with its own past, and with its present identity.

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Telling stories for a better China

If rampant consumerism is a cultural — not just economic — phenomenon, can a culture be deliberately changed to minimize its effects? Peggy Liu leads China Dream, a project that aims to achieve nothing less with the world’s most populous nation and oldest civilization. SCOPE asks her how she plans to succeed.

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A revolutionary/counter-revolutionary phrase book

Almost one year on from the start of the protests that would end up toppling the regime of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a vocabulary of dissent, revolution, and counter-revolution has evolved, with each new label carrying a mixed payload of

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Journalism with a cause

In part driving, and in part driven by, the still unfolding and highly contested “Arab Spring” is the equally remarkable transformation of Arab media culture, as many television broadcasters and newspapers in the region attempt to pull away from what

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Now we know what we know

Accurately conveying the work of academic thinkers is one of the more unexpectedly difficult jobs a beat reporter will take on: professorial prose is often abstruse and opaque to non-specialists, and it is time-consuming to develop even the minimal background

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Interesting and ambitious

Worth checking out: ZAM, a high-energy magazine about Africa with a cheeky sense of style, some great art direction, and a focus on the continent’s most interesting and ambitious designers, artists, musicians, and writers. Published in the Netherlands, with editorial

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The iconography of war and terror

In this media and advertising-saturated age, the power of images is hardly a point of debate. At their most banal, they grab our attention to make a sale; at their most elevated, they hold us spellbound in an art gallery.

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Irish eyes aren’t smiling

One of the archetypal title sequences in television produced in the British Isles is comprised of shots of a 1930s automobile trundling up and down the gravel-paved roads of the Yorkshire Dales in the BBC’s long-running adaptation of James Herriot’s

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A pony ride with no ponies

When journalists and editors wake up at 3am and with clammy brows ponder the future that may await their professions, one of the shadows that they see in the darkness is a company called Demand Media. Demand is what is

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Multitasking and the world brain

Given the uncountably immense number of events happening in the world, and the almost as uncountably immense number of journalists and writers covering and commenting on events, one might expect an equally diverse range of articles and topics to appear

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Same roads, different destinations

The increasingly global participation in the development of technology and the universal reach of the world wide web (and the branded services that run on it) often lead us to assume that the world is gradually converging into a single

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