The ability to articulate how a society should be ordered, in response to such world-changing struggles, rests not just on the struggles themselves, but also on the public's access to the literary, and visual forms, as vehicles for addressing and digesting such transformative events.
Beneath the optimism surrounding MinnPost's launch lingered an obvious question: Could this business model be sustainable? How to translate web traffic into enough cash flow to ensure financial independence? Sixteen months later, and deep into a nationwide recession, the question is even more apt.
The attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords brought about another finger storm of thunderpoints in the media, each one blaming the other for the rhetoric that seems to be turning our nation into a tinderbox.
The Carr family detests all that is evil, from hacks to kids on their lawn, to politicians who sneeze into your tax dollars, to the liberal establishment, to... kids on their lawn. And the Boston Herald's favorite columnist isn't the only one with an inky thumb.
Last week the Dig alerted readers to a secret experiment carried out by the City of Boston during the Boston Calling concerts that took place in May and September of last year. Among the revelations therein: Outside contractors helped municipal authorities deploy resources designed to analyze body and facial patterns of “every person who approaches the door” in order to gauge panic levels and crowd sentiment. In this follow-up, again relying in part on privileged documents that were left exposed online, we examine the communications leading up to these surveillance trials in the days, months, and even decade prior to the first Boston Calling.
For 10 months, three reporters dug into the unseemly political underbelly of the City of Somerville, where the power and privilege of an elite few has dominated and perverted municipal progress for decades. The Somerville Files is the culmination of their work, which pulls back the hip urban Somerville facade to reveal a shadow government amidst both turmoil and transition.