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What is this?

Digital media has reduced the influence of print media in the age of information over-saturation. It is still likely the locale of the most truthful reporting, since it is so much more permanent than online and televised material. Here, we will try examine the content as it relates to the other forms, and as it relates to what is objectively true, so far that we can derive.


What do I mean by "truth-value of print media?" Well, it is not an application of formal logic into journalism. What I mean by this is that it's an evaluation of a given article on total factual relevance and fairness. Although unknown variables make this impossible to know, the internet allows for a number of reactionary variables that may get us very close to knowing. And so, I believe this can generate a relative value, and with a big enough archive, we may turn to predictability.


In essence, Things Relevant is for reporting on reporting, and for delving into journalism and information theory (not the mathematical kind) and philosophy.


*This is an addendum to the original description. This is a never-ending work in progress, and the expression may never match the intention. As of now, the site has specific areas and should and can only be considered some sort of media review. Time-permitting, I want to expand into theory and philosophy and application of truth evaluation, and probably most importantly, mapping out journalism and the "flow of information." But the first part of the construction phase consists of simply re-establishing an archive of articles from past attempts at this idea because the stand-alone trove, in my mind, is invaluable.


Below, the magazine covers are links to everything I review, the vast majority just being articles I pass along as worthwhile and important reads. The goal is one per day, because who has time for more? Each entry added will be at the top-left corner.

The Latest Readings and Analysis

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Walkabout, by Elizabeth Weil, New York Times Magazine
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Transfiguration, by Raffi Khatchadourian, New Yorker
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Broken Heartland, by Wil S. Hylton, Harper's
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A Narrowed Gaze, by Dean Starkman, Columbia Journalism Review
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The Satoshi Affair, by Andrew O'Hagan, London Review of Books
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Loops, Trees, and the Search for New Physics, by Zvi Bern, Lance J. Dixon, and David A. Kosower, Scientific American
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What Good is Wall Street? by John Cassidy, New Yorker
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No Exit, by Kent Russell, New Republic
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Keep Fear Alive, by Kade Crockford. The Baffler
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Boxed In, by Kai Wright, The Nation
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The Holographic Universe, by Michael Talbot
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Material Question, by John Colapinto, New Yorker
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NCIS Provence: The Van-Gogh Mystery, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vanity Fair
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Gravity Off the Grid, by Zeeya Merali, Discover
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They Know Much More Than You Think, by James Bamford, New York Review of Books
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The Runaway General, by Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone
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Overkill, by Atul Gawande, New Yorker
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On Free Will, by Edward O. Wilson, Harper's
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The Chevron Communiques, by Mariah Blake, Mother Jones
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Forensic Pseudoscience, by Nathan Robinson, Boston Review
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What is Liberalism? by Phil Badger, Philosophy Now
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Covert Operations, by Jane Mayer, New Yorker
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Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of Great Stagnation, by Tyler Cowen
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The Rich-Get-Richer Dynamic, by Robert Solow, New Republic
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Hail to the Censor, by Matt Welch, Reason
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Consciousness, by Terry Sejnowksi, Daedalus
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The Engineer's Lament, by Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker
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The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene, 1999
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The Birdman's Vengeful Ghost, by Flinder Boyd, Newsweek
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Congress Incorporated, by Lee Fang, The Nation
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Critical Matter, by Seth Fletcher, Popular Science
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The Implosion, by Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker
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Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, by Hunter S. Thompson, 1973
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Awakening, by Joshua Lang, Atlantic
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A House of Crossed Logs, by John McElwee, Oxford American
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Your Backup Brain, by Dan Hurley, Psychology Today
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Where are the Children?, by Sarah Stillman, New Yorker
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Big Data, by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
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The Tale of Two Londons, by Nicholas Shaxson, Vanity Fair
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The Fog of Change, by Robin Wright, Foreign Policy
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Those Who Have Put Out the People's Eyes, by Paul Street, Z Magazine
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A Murder Foretold, by David Grann, New Yorker
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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins
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On Edgar Allen Poe, by Marilynne Robinson, New York Review of Books
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Mind of the Meditator, by Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz, and Richard Davidson, Scientific American
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Everything is Illuminated, by Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times Magazine
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Escape or Die, by James Verini, New Yorker
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The Story of Philosophy, by Will Durant, 1926
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Saving the Fed from Itself, by Steve Stein, National Affairs
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Apostles of Growth, by Timothy Shenk, The Nation
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Beyond the Event Horizon, by Steve Nadis, Discover
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The Big Sleep, by Ian Parker, New Yorker
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The Portable Atheist, by Christopher Hitchens, 2007
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Merchants of Meth, by Jonah Engle, 2013
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Satan in Poughkeepsie, by Alex Mar, The Believer
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The Reality Gap, by Chris Mooney, American Prospect
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Weather Underground, by Rivka Galchen, New Yorker
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Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times
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Killing the Competition, by Barry C. Lynn, Harper's
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Bank of the Underworld, by Jake Halpern, Atlantic
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The Bomb That Didn't Go Off, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
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The Climate Fixers, by Michael Specter, New Yorker
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The Omniscient Classroom, by Kevin Carey, Pacific Standard
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The End of the Line, Bryan Walsh, Time
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Born Red, by Evan Osnos, New Yorker
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Too Fast Too Furious, by "Editors," n+1
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The Engine, by Richard Crist
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Money Unlimited, by Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker
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An Open Mind, by Karl Ove Knausgaard, New York Times Magazine
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The Birth of Religion, by Charles C. Mann, National Geographic
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Scene of the Crime, by Seymour M. Hersh, New Yorker
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Mind Craft, by David Noonan, Smithsonian Magazine
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An Editor's New Best Friend, by Alexis Sobel Fitts, Columbia Journalism Review
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How to be Good, by Larissa MacFarquhar, New Yorker
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Are Any Plastics Safe?, by Mariah Blake, Mother Jones
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The Book of Woe, by Gary Greenberg, Wired
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The Intelligent Plant, by Michael Pollan, New Yorker
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Little Gitmo, by Christopher S. Stewart, New York Magazine
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Loving the Puget Sound to Death, by Madeline Ostrander, The Nation
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Death Dust, by Dana Goodyear, New Yorker
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What Went Wrong, by David Bromwich, Harper's
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Paper Moons, by Lewis Lapham, Lapham's Quarterly
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Where the Bodies are Buried, by Patrick Radden Keefe, New Yorker
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The New Deal, by Jessica T. Mathews, New York Review of Books
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Cocaine Cops of Hidalgo County, by Josh Eels, Rolling Stone
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The Crypto-Currency, by Joshua Davis, New Yorker
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The Outbreak, by Maia Szalavitz, Pacific Standard
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Where the Money Lives, by Nicholas Shaxson, Vanity Fair
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Death by a Thousand Cuts, by Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
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Break-in at Y-12, by Eric Schlosser, New Yorker
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The Art of Great Reporting, by The Editors, Columbia Journalism Review
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The False Gospel of Alcoholics Anonymous, by Gabrielle Glaser, The Atlantic
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Scholars for Sale, by Lee Fang, The Nation
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Operation Mayhem, by Sean Wilentz, New Republic
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The Wrecking Crew, by Thomas Frank
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A Valuable Reputation, by Rachel Aviv, New Yorker
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The People vs Goldman Sachs, by Matt Taibi, Rolling Stone
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The Quietest Place in the Universe, by Kent Meyers, Harper's
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Closed Campus, by Fredrik Deboer, New York Times Magazine
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The Creepy New Wave of the Internet, By Sue Halpern
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The Kingdom and the Towers, by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, Vanity Fair
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The Evolution of Creativity, by Heather Pringle, Scientific American
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The Embattled First Amendement, by Lincoln Caplan, American Scholar
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Latin Lives, by Anthony Grafton, The Nation

A Brief Site Index

* About - Chronicles of the website's author

* Archive - The central hub of the site, this is where I post articles I recommend, then give analysis as to why it is important and its role and impact. Click here for assessments or to just find good journalism to read.

* Books - I read magazines, for the most part, but books can be life-altering. So I share my thoughts on the books I've read.

* Critique - Some articles strike me as oddly-timed or oddly-placed. Some are just clearly misrepresentative of the truth. I challenge these articles here.

* Magazine Synopsis - Once an article makes it into either section, I will supply an overview of the magazine from which it came.

* Original Writing - The quality information philanthropist that is the site's author also fashions himself some kind of experimental journalist. Once he ever writes anything, it will appear here.

Legal

The author acknowledges the appearance of copyright infringement with the use of the covers of books and magazines. There is no profit motive to this site - this is a scholarly and archival endeavor, one of noncommerical use. The fair-use doctrine applies to any argument the author can think of. All copywritten articles are found freely on other websites. Nothing is reproduced that is only found behind a paywall. Please email jeremy@thingsrelevant.com if there are any problems.