W. Is for WASP

Summaries of what's in Time, Newsweek, etc.
Feb. 25 2000 9:30 PM

W. Is for WASP

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Business Week, Feb. 28


An article predicts that Digimon could eclipse Pokémon. Like Pokémon, Digimon is a Japanese multimedia juggernaut featuring hundreds of odd critters. Digimon's manufacturers—the company that brought us Mighty Morphin Rangers—can't keep up with demand. (David Plotz foresaw the decline of Pikachu in this " Assessment.") A piece bets that third-party issue ads will become the dominant campaign-finance loophole of election 2000. The tax code allows political nonprofits to raise unlimited soft money, conceal the names of donors, and advise friendly candidates about their plans to broadcast helpful ads. The Republican Leadership Council already spent $1 million on ads attacking Steve Forbes and Al Gore.


Harper's, March 2000

The vivid cover story warns against the dire consequences of America's bulging waistline. Obesity handicaps 20 percent of Americans, especially the poor. Heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and various nasty cancers all plague the overweight. Corporations aggressively push fast food on low-income people who have limited access to exercise. The story includes many vivid descriptions of our grotesque eating habits. An essay lampoons the penis-centered performance art of Matthew Barney. The Guggenheim is devoting a major exhibition to "the Michelangelo of genital art," who is known for his image of a penis impaling a beehive and his portrayal of a prosthesis-enhanced Harry Houdini.


Sports Nut

Grandmaster Clash

One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

Uh-Oh. The World’s Oceans Have Broken Their All-Time Heat Record.

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

Future Tense

How to Keep Apple From Sharing Your iPhone Data With the Police


How to Order Chinese Food

First, stop thinking of it as “Chinese food.”

A Simple Way to Keep Apple From Sharing Your iPhone Data With the Police

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