Chronicles Magazine February 1996

The Matter of Money

In earlier years, news outlets could be easily distinguished from publishing or entertainment vehicles with which they might be loosely connected through common holding companies. Today, however, the "press" broadly defined is bound up with the...

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  • VIEWS

    Shadowmetrics

    The public opinion poll has become an ubiquitous feature of modern life. Seventy years ago, there were no professional pollsters. Fifty years ago only a handful—Gallup, Roper—served as takers of the public pulse.

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  • VIEWS

    Cry, the Beloved Country

    The Yugoslav civil war will turn out to be, from the long perspective of the American experience, a mere dot on the horizon. But for a small part of the American landscape, the twisted portrayal of this war, by politicians and the media, will be...

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  • REVIEWS

    Paradise Recovered

    Glenn Loury recently observed a predilection for "end" themes in recent neoconservative tracts: Fukuyama with the end of history and D'Souza with the end of racism, Loury explains, have taken Hegelian (or pseudo-Hegelian) phrases to express their...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Government and the Press

    Capitalism has moved the democratization of society in a conservative direction, because at the same time that the differing wealth and income of individuals ensures that their purchasing power varies, each is a consumer able to make his or her...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Mad Farmer

    In his latest book, Berry proves that the tradition, though too often ignored today, is alive and well. He has been farming and writing in his native Henry County, Kentucky, for 30 years now.

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  • REVIEWS

    Brief Mentions

    W.H. Auden is famous for poems about totalitarian evil, but he also wrote frivolous verse when in the mood. In assembling As I Walked Out One Evening, Edward Mendelson, the executor of Auden's estate, sifted through the vast corpus of his work,...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Flogging

    "Boys had been beaten since history began and it would be a bad day for the world if ever, inconceivably, boys should cease to be beaten." So said C.S. Forester in "Lieutenant Hornblower."

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Aunt Jemima

    Aunt Jemima, the jovial and plump woman who for decades graced the pancake mix cartons, was replaced a few years ago by a younger, slimmer figure, who was nevertheless identifiable as someone who could have been the niece of the original.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Broad Political Views

    Wendell Berry's new essay collection, Another Turn of the Crank, gives definition to broad political views that the author has previously left obscure. Regarding foreign trade, for example, he asks: "How can any nation or region justify the...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Environmentalism

    We who look to Chronicles for some cogent commentary on our environmental dilemmas aren't getting enough from Chilton Williamson, Jr. Not that those campfire meditations, gut-wrenching elk hunts, and encounters with the West's fast-vanishing...

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