In a superb article by Eric Alterman, the New Yorker has assessed the state of American newspapers, and the rise of the Huffington Post. The (r)evolution is viewed through the lenses of Walter Lippmann‘s debates with John Dewey in the early 20th century about elites, democracy, and a successful society. I touched on this myself in a previous post, but without the academic context. The statistics are riveting, and the insights into the Huffington Post’s practices are sometimes hilarious (e.g., “the mullet strategy”).
It’s well worth a read, online or from the newsstand.