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A Dilemma

Ever since I took a course on American politics in high school, and received a subscription to Newsweek as part of the course materials, I've been a faithful subscriber and reader. Even as the magazine got dumber and dumber, it was nice to have something to sit down with. Newsweek, a cup of tea, a nice comfy chair . . . a weekly ritual. But now, Newsweek has decided to go digital.

I'm canceling my subscription. For years, the magazine hasn't been particularly intelligent, and I've kept it mainly because of the aforementioned "me time" ritual. If it's not in paper form, it's no good to me, and I'm not going to spend my money on Digital Newsweek when CNN.com is available for free.

But I am going to miss the newsmagazine break, so I'm thinking of picking up a different newsmagazine subscription if they refund the remainder of my old Newsweek subscription. I just have to pick which one, though. Time is an option, being pretty similar to Newsweek, although it's been getting dumber over the years, too. The Economist is also an option, with good writing and interesting stories, although their editorial board strikes me as fairly sexist.

Do any of you have recommendations? What's your favorite good weekly news magazine that is interesting and balanced, and aimed at an audience with an above-grade-school education level?


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Dec. 5th, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
"The National Enquirer"

I was especially moved when I learned that George W Bush and Osama Bin Laden had a love child.
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
Mmm, yes. Clearly, the most penetrating and insightful of all the news publications. Where would we be without them? In a world without Baby Bush Bin Laden, that's where. :P
Dec. 6th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
When I was in my early 30s I resolved to become well read on current events and not be influenced by partisan politics. Finding a truly balanced news source was hard, so I tried to find the most reasonable of the liberal and the conservative. All the articles were written by people who knew their history, who stayed focus on the issues and looked at reasonable solutions rather than partisan politics. I admit a lot of it was over my head. In the end,I decided it was skimming years off my life and not advancing me as a person (nor greatly influencing my voting) so I gave it up.

It is much more fun to read the headlines in the checkout at the grocery, though frankly I shop for groceries online now so those days are gone too.

I don't remember the names of the news magazines I chose - I believe they were monthly though, so sorry, can't even offer that up.
Dec. 5th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
I really have no idea. The Rolling Stone? LOL
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, at this point, they're probably in the running, entered under the "better news writing than Newsweek" category. Not that that's such a terribly high bar to clear any more.
Dec. 5th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm quite enjoying Harvard Business Review lately, but it's monthly, and I do most of my reading online anyway...
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC)
That's a thought. I'll go and see if the library has a sample copy. But I am kind of looking for something weekly. Thanks for the idea, though.
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
interesting and balanced, and aimed at an audience with an above-grade-school education level?

ROTFL!!! Oh that is hilarious!

Oh wait, you were serious? Yeah, good luck with that. ;-)

I gave up on that a long time ago. My suggestion would be to choose an academic journal that is central in your field, subscribe to that and read an article out of it each week for me time. I did that with Hispania when I first started teaching. Kept me abreast of things I might have not seen while focused on my particular corner of research.
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Oh wait, you were serious? Yeah, good luck with that. ;-)

Alas. Did you see that Onion video about how Time is very proudly coming out with a special edition for grownups? This one.

I'm already subscribed to my field's major academic journal. Unfortunately, it only comes out three times a year, so it just can't stretch that far.
Dec. 6th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
I like the Economist, although I usually only pick it up at airports. My weekly news treat is the Sunday New York Times.

...my daily reality escape hatch is the online Daily Mail.

Edited at 2012-12-06 02:34 am (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Actually, The Economist is a fairly good candidate. I like their reporting, and I like to read it when I'm visiting the Pony Parents. Maybe I could be convinced to get past that unfortunate ad campaign they ran, claiming that "women" shouldn't read The Economist, but "people" should.
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I like the Guardian Weekly, which is newspaper tabloid size instead of magazine, but is full of international news, long=form essays, and arts and culture pieces. It's on the expensive side, but they're doing a "festive season special offer" for half off.
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
That looks pretty interesting. Is it a paper edition? I might check that out for when my Newsweek refund check arrives.

Also, on an unrelated note, are you still in Bloomington? I may need to discuss ways of getting to Bloomington and places to stay overnight for cheap with someone who knows such things.
Dec. 15th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a paper edition.

I moved back to Boston a while back, so I'm not up-to-date (I used to get to Chicago either via airport shuttle to Indy and then Greyhound to Chicago, or by finding a ride on Craigslist, the Bloomington lj community, or the student rideboard). The Bloomington subreddit is probably the modern replacement for the latter two. The local singers might be a good resource too.
Dec. 16th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pointers! Alas that I won't see you when I'm there, though.
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