Explanation of the Middle East con’t

Another good Times page explaining the hullabaloo going on in the Mid-East.




Oh so that’s what’s going on!

Hi all,

if you have trouble keeping track of the motivations behind the conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, this is a super helpful map. Also, a good example of an online feature that could not translate so well into print (mostly because it’s too big.)  Why the Arab World is Seething was published back in February on nytimes.com

interesting article


Hey guys, I know we all have tons of work, but I just thought this was really a great article. The writer was poking fun at how lame the elite club is.

Thursday Times

Today was a major moment for me: I bought the New York Times with my own money from a newspaper dispenser  in my dorm lobby. I felt very grown up. Anyway, because I bought it, it felt only right for me to read it in its entirety and make note of anything that caught my eye. Before I begin, I just have to say that I received the weirdest comments from my floor mates while reading the paper. Apparently spending your Thursday night sprawled out on the hallway floor with a highlighter in your hand and your head buried in a paper is not the norm? Who knew?

After today’s class, I was very aware of the quotes being used. And as a photographer, I picked out some of the best and worst pictures as well. I’m not sure the best way to blog this, but as of now, I’ll just insert everything into this one post. Even though you all have the Times, unless it is something page layout specific, I’ll put it all here.

By the way, please add your own thoughts. This is not my blog. That would be awkward.

My first thoughts: Egypt has been

great for photojournalists. There has been so much good material lately and the front page photo is proof of that.

Skipping ahead to page A4, there were a few women’s rights issues presented in today’s paper. This article presented the demonstration against Berlusconi in a different light. Rather than writing it up as a general overview of the protest and why people are not fond of him, the journalists used the sign “Italy is Not a Bordello” to angle their story into a discussion of his many sex scandals and the Italian media.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/world/europe/03italy.html?ref=todayspaper

Jump to A8’s article “Out for a Leisurely Stroll In the Middle of a Jungle.” On my hunt for intriguing quotes, the quote from Roy Argue about his experiences volunteering at Ambue Ari stood out for its original style and cleverness. I know quoting from blogs instead of from the person himself is not necessarily the best way to get the real voice, but when it’s entertaining and written as a poem, in my head that seems to be okay. Here it is: “A monkey peed on all my clothes’ ’cause my door someone LEFT OPEN; Stung over and over by fire ants; A scorpion’s crawling inside my pants; What’s the worst that could happen?” I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan. www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/world/americas/03bolivia.html?ref=todayspaper

A10: An example of computer graphics being used for good not evil. The little 3D diorama titled “The Battle for Tahrir Square” was a helpful way to illustrate where the protests were and how it was laid-out. Like I said before, there are so many good pictures, but this provides a way to ground them all. If that makes sense. (It’s 1:44am) I can’t find the image online but it’s on the bottom of A10

A12: This could have been a super boring picture of King Abdullah II of Jordan but instead showcases the fact that “the king remains popular in my circles” (according to the caption.) The only bad part about it is that online, the portrait is too dark and its subject is barely discernible.

Now picking apart weirdness! Continuing on the same page, the article “The Diplomat Sent to Prod Mubarak” has some really unnecessary elements including how Wisner “gave up cigars, friends say” and how in a flashback to a time where he apparently still smoked, “Cigar in hand, he loved to take visitors out on the giant veranda overlooking the bay and describe the sweep of American interactions with the Philippines, back to the days of the Spanish-American War.” I understand that this is supposed to be a getting to know you piece about the diplomat who was sent to Egypt, but how he used his office’s balcony seems irrelevant. Thoughts?

There are a few other quotes I wanted to highlight throughout the paper, but it probably makes sense to do a general interest poll to see if anyone is reading this. If you are reading this and would like to continue doing so, please comment! If we could get someone to do an in depth analysis on a weekly or even bi weekly basis that would be interesting. Maybe? I wouldn’t mind doing it, but that’s only if people want. Pipe up pipe up! Being the only one writing on a class blog is rather uncomfortable.