• September 15, 2014

    Slavoj Zizek

    Slavoj Zizek

    Last week, the New York Times issued a letter claiming that Slavoj Zizek plagiarized himself in his Op-Ed “ISIS Is a True Disgrace to Fundamentalism,” which ran in the paper on September 3. According the the Times retraction, the Op-Ed recycles entire passages from Zizek’s 2008 book Violence. But now it seems the Times has withdrawn the retraction: It’s nowhere to be found on the paper’s website.

    The dean of the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has proposed that students pay $10,250 a year in addition to their annual tuition, which is approximately $15K for in-state students and $31K for out-of-staters. “Our students will pay more,” writes dean Ed Wasserman in a memo, “but they’ll benefit as well.”

    Geoff Dyer wishes the Man Booker Prize had been open to American writers in 1982. If it had, he argues, the prize certainly would have gone to Don DeLillo’s “prophetic, pre-9/11 masterpiece,” The Names. Martin Amis thinks DeLillo would have won yet another Booker had he been eligible: with White Noise (1985).

    Today, the Financial Times will unveil its first redesign in seven years. “Between the lines,” writes Tom McGeveran at Capital New York, “it’s possible to read an idea that’s been inching forward among quality broadsheet newspapers in recent years: the primacy of digital for delivering hard news.” Meanwhile, this weekend, the Guardian unveiled its own new format, which includes a completely redesigned Weekend magazine, a brand new ‘Journal’ section featuring long reads, and a generally refreshed look and feel.”

    Digital First Media is in the process of deciding the strategies for its future, which could involve the sale of “some or all of the company’s news products, which include 76 daily papers and 160 weekly publications,” including the Denver Post and the San Jose Mercury News.