Ross Douthat joined the Atlantic staff as a reporter/researcher in 2002. Now an associate editor, he edits the letters section of the magazine, oversees "Primary Sources," and writes on topics ranging from higher education to national politics to celebrities' religious conversions.
Ross is 2002 graduate of Harvard University, and his Ivy League experience inspired his 2005 book Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, which Booklist called a "withering indictment of Harvard's institutional culture," and The Wall Street Journal praised for its "rare
lyricism." He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Policy Review, and Details. He also blogs, intermittently, at www.theamericanscene.com. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he now lives in Washington, D.C.
Who are the most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100—and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.
Numb left leg, hmmm...Did you check for snake bites?
OT: Very interesting exchange over in the dKos mega-Edwards thread. Very, very interesting. I think that Edwards visit to the Lamont campaign--how it happened, the questions it left unanswered, etc.--is a microcosm of the entire relationship between the progressive movement and the Democratic Party.
I hope you folks who spent alot of time on the ground in CT are planning some kind of moderated round-table discussion at YK07. That would be a great way to share the experience/insights with everyone. I'd love to see that...
You're just arguing against your own rhetoric, here. Basically, you've said that you don't care who makes the burgers as long as the burgers continue to taste good. Then, after saying that, you argue that if we hire new cooks, the burgers won't taste good anymore.
Look..if, as you put it, we are all American, then why not reach out to more Americans? If that's your view, then you shouldn't care who we reach out to. And if it's just about finding good analysis, why not say, "Hey, we haven't looked over there for good anlaysis. Let's try that next time!" Againk, it shouldn't matter to you if the editorial practice adds on a few new search criteria.
So, it seems to me that if you actually read what's in the post, you will see we are on the same page.
It's a good view. But I think the "white boys club" is not really who "we" are if you take the full readership into account.
I'm glad you picked up on the environment suggestion because what I hope people will see, here, is that we have the opportunity at this sight to throw some ideas at the moderators--just ideas. "Hey, it would be great if...when you talk amongst yourselves about ways to make this site even better...you remembered that conversation last week with a bunch of ideas..." That kind of thing.
I think one of the opportunities we have here is to post our ideas when we get them, so that's all.
I don't know about that. The point is not to have quotas, but just to consider a some new options when inviting people. I don't think, for example, that FDL considers the men who post on the front page to be "diversity posters."
The MyDD editors solicit content through a variety of channels, some anonymous, some not. My suggestion is to include these new ideas for soliciting content in the thinking moving forward, not to scrap all previous approaches and move over to an entirely new set of editorial practices.
My suggestions are 100% about conent. You are not making making a "content" argument, but a "quality" argument (e.g., if MyDD solicitations for front page conent include consideratioons of gender, race or military status, then that will lower the "quality" of the content).
What makes you think the quality of front page posts will go down if the ideas proposed in this thread are taken into consideration?
I was just talking to my wife about this the other day--about becoming a big fan of Nancy Pelosi almost instantly.
I think there is just something about Pelosi's presence after the elections that has made her very likeable. Emanuel always looks like he's been hit in the side of the head with a phone book just seconds before going on camera. Reid always looks like he's struggling against a 12 hour Ambien. But Pelosi has this bright smile and speaks up. I know it's partly the face lifts, but whatever she's doing--it's a nice change.
I would not believe anything he says. He uses marketing techniques even when he talks about his use of marketing techniques. The purpose of his poll reports is not to relay information, but to spin the debate.