2. Come intern with us!

    We’re hiring PAID interns for FALL 2014. Details below:

    TheWeek.com is seeking driven, enthusiastic web editorial interns to work out of our Manhattan office for 2-3 days a week from late August/early September through December. The ideal candidate is a bright undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a career in journalism who possesses solid research and writing skills and a knack for all things web.

    Interns will gain hands-on experience in a digital newsroom by assisting The Week’s team of editors in researching, pitching, writing, and promoting stories. Other responsibilities include moderating comments, building articles in the CMS, and other aspects of basic web production.

    Location: New York City
    Pay: $8/hour
    Contact Name: Samantha Rollins

    Please send a cover letter, resume, availability, and two writing samples to Rollins@theweek.com with the subject line “WEB EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP.”

    Good luck!


  3. “If you were to sit down with the “internet” — it would be a messy-haired, foul-mouthed, aggressive, and impatient radical. The unimpeachable androgyne would attack you on subjects ranging from feminism to modern-day fascism. It’d know everything there is to know and be useless at dispensing the information. And if it had to assume a cultural identity, it would have to be Japanese.” — Jack Flanagan, in How Japan won the internet


  4. Marc Ambinder highlights the 10 most important lines from the President’s State of the Union address…and what they really mean.

    "After five years of grit and determined effort, the U.S. is better positioned for the 21st century that any nation on earth."

    All the muck of the past five years has led to job growth and an improving economy, and I’m determined to be optimistic even if the country is as pessimistic as ever, because I’m not going to follow the media’s trapping narrative.

    The 10 most important lines of the SOTU explained


  5. Sex and beauty sell. No one expects, or should expect, news operations to be devoid of friction, humor, even joke(rs) who might cross a line or two. But with a guy at the top who doesn’t seem to respect women, and has a history of appearing to treat them as objects, I wonder what life must be like for women who work at Fox.
    — Marc Ambinder, in Fox News’ culture of sexism

  6. Our problem, then, isn’t that manliness is under assault in our time. It’s that too many of us expect too little of men. On average, men tend toward aggression. They often valorize strength and courage. They are keenly concerned with social status. They frequently feel overwhelmed by powerful sexual urges. None of this is new. What is new is that American society over the past few decades has stopped holding men to traditional standards of honor, restraint, and civilized decency — standards that, whatever their defects, tended to channel and elevate masculinity.


  8. A big clue into why Pope Francis was named Time's Person of the Year? This:

    Time’s Person of the Year is the perfect choice for the Upworthy era



  10. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post. Which papers should the rest of tech’s billionaires buy?

    We did some matchmaking.


  11. reuters:

    This week’s stunning TIME cover illustration was created by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. via timemagazine


  12. Some bad news for newspapers. 


  13. 7 things CBS won’t let you wear to the Grammys: 

    1. Clothing that exposes “bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack”
      This could be a big problem for that rumored 13th anniversary performance of Sisqo’s "Thong Song."

    2. "Sheer, see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples"
      Good news, gentlemen — you can show your “breast nipples” all you want!

    3. Clothing that exposes “bare sides or under curvature of the breasts”
      What about legs, CBS? Who will stop this bare legs phenomenon that’s been plaguing the nation?