By admin | April 16, 2008 - 1:26 pm - Posted in Editorial, Published, The Huffington Post

indian kids protest

My friend Chandni pointed this out to me in The New York Times today. The Olympic torch is passing through New Delhi tomorrow, and the Indian government is apparently so afraid of violent protests that it might not allow the adults to attend the relay. Children, however, are another matter:

India Puts Children on the Front Line

As the Olympic torch circumscribes the globe causing flare ups in its wake, the biggest protest may be tomorrow in New Delhi. India is home to the Dalai Lama and was the first safe harbor for Tibetan refugees when China annexed their homeland in 1950. So it’s no small wonder that the Indian government is rolling out reams of barbed wire to protect the Chinese embassy ahead of the torch’s arrival. The New York Times reports that over 10,000 police officers ands members of India’s security forces will safeguard the torch’s route through the capital. Police even pre-emptively arrested dozens of Tibetan protesters earlier this week.

So in this state of heightened security, who is the government going to allow to cheer on the torch bearers as they pass through the city? According to The New York Times, ordinary civilians may be banned from attending the event with the exception, of course, of “selected schoolchildren.”

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The Britney Show

At The Atlantic’s panel on celebrity and the media at New York University:

You’re Asking for It: Chasing the Logic of the Paparazzi

If an embittered celebrity had wanted to take out the industry that profits off of her imperfections, New York University’s School of Journalism would have been a good place to start. The dons and doyennes of gossip were all there for ‘The Britney Show,’ a panel organized by The Atlantic in honor of its current issue featuring an article by David Samuels on the media’s obsession with the bedraggled pop star. Justin Smith, editor in chief of The Atlantic said that unlike (ahem) other magazines, “when we put Spears on the cover, we did it at the peril of our news-stands sales. So even though we wrote a story about how Britney sells, our people were telling us that we were crazy to put her on our cover.”

They smiled. In an arc before the audience were Regis Navarre, proprietor of Los Angeles’ X17 paparazzi agency; his wife Brandy who heads; Richard Johnson, editor of Page Six; and Bonnie Fuller, the former editor of Us Weekly and currently the editorial director of American Media. They look nothing like the scruffy paparazzi hounding starlets on In fact, they look more like stars themselves, gleaming from the millions they have made following the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Rounding out the panel and playing the voice of the people were Virginia Heffernan of the New York Times Magazine and David Samuels, who led the discussion.

Samuels’ first question was pitched to Fuller who is often credited with helping celebrity gossip make the leap from tabloids to magazines. Why, asked Samuels, did she do it? “I liked reading a lot of European magazines,” she said, “and I loved to see the pictures of celebrities on the street. So if I liked it, I thought others would.” It appealed to her as a woman, says Fuller who theorizes that magazines like Us Weekly have an 85% female readership because, “women like to talk to friends about their lives.” They have mutual friends to gossip about in school, but not in the workforce. “You could go to a party where you don’t know anyone,” she says, “But you all know Britney and Angelina.”

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My first blog at The Huffington Post! If only didn’t have to come at the heels of such a tragedy. Lawrence King, a 15 year-old who had recently come out to his friends and family was shot by a classmate this February. A few days after the shooting, I had checked Anderson Cooper’s blog and seen that he’d written about King’s murder. He said that the national media had largely neglected King’s death, but that he was going to include a segment on the murder in the “Anderson Cooper 360 Show” that evening. Now, I missed the show on TV, but I since it’s podcasted, I thought I’d be able to find it online. I looked everywhere, but no dice.Click to see my blog post here (bonus: my embarrassingly “serious” headshot). Or, continue reading:

CNN Cuts Gay Teen Killing From Cooper PodcastLast night, Anderson Cooper announced on his 360 blog that Monday night’s show was going to focus on a story that hadn’t received the attention it deserved. He was talking about the murder of Lawrence King, a 15 year-old who was shot in the head by a 14 year-old classmate two weeks ago in California. Shortly before his death, King had come out of the closet and had begun to modify his dress to reflect his sexuality. As a result, he was subjected to homophobic slurs all through his final days. Read The Full Story…

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