Anabel Lee

Anabel Lee is an editorial intern at the Prospect.

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The new museum of journalism only serves to highlight how the industry has failed to fully adapt to the digital age.

In his 2004 book, The Vanishing Newspaper , Philip Meyer predicts that the very last copy of the very last daily paper will be sold in the year 2043. The architects of the Newseum, D.C.'s newly reopened museum of journalism, may have had that year in mind when they designed the $450 million structure of translucent white and clear glass. But blown-up images of the front pages of the day's newspapers from across the country displayed on the museum's façade remind visitors that the year is, indeed, 2008. The daily newspaper is not dead yet. The Newseum, though, despite its futuristic architecture and flashy digital videos, doesn't quite feel like it's even caught up with the 21st century. Recently relocated from its original home in Arlington, Virginia, to Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C., the museum houses more than 6,000 journalistic artifacts and excels at informing visitors which medium covered which stories best (or most famously). But it fails to tell us how we got from point A to...

TEXAS LEADS THE NATION IN TEEN PREGNANCY.

Everything really is bigger in Texas. This month's Texas Monthly reports that the state is the largest recipient of federal money for abstinence education -- more than $4.5 million annually -- but ranks first in the nation in teenage births. Almost a quarter of those births are not the girl's first delivery. Failing to see a correlation between sex education that heavily emphasizes abstinence and high rates of teen births, Texas continues to endorse abstinence education as the primary way to address sexual activity among its teens. The word "condom" makes an appearance in only one of the four high school health textbooks approved by the state. This glaring omission is in part rooted in the Texas State Board of Education's power to dictate the content of health textbooks. In 1994, ultraconservative board members objected to an image of a brief case-touting woman with her toddler by her side, as well as illustrated demonstrations of breast and testicular self-exams. You know, because...

THE PROBLEM OF CARROTS IN THE SUDAN.

During talks this week in Rome, the United States is dangling carrots in front of the Sudanese government: "The Bush administration could remove Sudan from an American list of state supporters of terrorism and normalize relations if the Sudanese government agreed, among other steps, to allow Thai and Nepalese peacekeepers in its Darfur region... Sudan wants an end to economic sanctions imposed by the United States since 1997. Sudan complained in the negotiating papers that sanctions had continued “despite the many positive achievements” by its government in Khartoum. In addition, Sudan wants United States backing for its membership in the World Trade Organization, American support for the cancellation of Sudan’s foreign debts and “the immediate release of the Sudanese detainees at Guantánamo.” Way back in July, United Nations Resolution 1769 authorized the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) of 26,000 troops and civilian police (Sudan accepted the resolution, but...

THE RICH GET RICHER, POACH EMPLOYEES FROM EACHOTHER.

A light-hearted piece in The Economist details the culinary battles among Silicon Valley technology companies. Back in 1999, Google appointed Charlie Ayers , who has cooked for Bill Clinton and The Grateful Dead, as its first "chief food officer," and during his reign he fed employees grass-fed beef, sautéed clams, and shots of wheat grass. The company, after all, is not too far from San Francisco, a city where restaurants often provide the spectacle of a Broadway show. Now, it looks like Facebook is surpassing Google on the food front. Google's Executive Chef Josef Desimone -- "admired chiefly for the kombucha tea that he ferments from scratch and that gets the employees' creative juices flowing" -- is defecting to the Palo Alto-based social networking site: "On Wall Street, no doubt, the short sellers have taken note." --Anabel Lee

POLLUTING THE OLYMPICS.

The New York Times reports that China has just rolled out something of a last ditch effort to clear the notoriously grimy air that hangs over Beijing in preparation for the summer Olympics. The measures will "freeze construction projects, shutter chemical plants, and close down obsolete gas stations around Beijing…Even spray painting outdoors will be banned during the weeks before and after sporting events, which begin on August 8." In its usual fashion, the Chinese government is doing too little too late. Many athletes are contemplating training outside of Beijing during the weeks leading up to the Games in places like Hong Kong and Japan, and those who will find themselves in the city have even considered donning gas masks during practices. Beijing residents -- as well as those in other major Chinese urban centers -- have been breathing the filth for years and will be forced to do so again once everyone else goes back home. This, China's complicity in Darfur, and Tibetan protests...

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