A magazine for those who like information, rather than data
Dec 30, 2008
As the number of media outlets increases, and the amount of time reporters have to write stories decreases, mainstream reporting tends to deliver data, rather than information.
Rather than analyzing and interpreting what is happening, they will play it safe and throw together a bunch of quotes, a he said/she said of the story. You end up with a sea of words and data with no background and no context.
The Economist tries to deliver information, rather than data. They supply relevant context and background. If a political figure has repeatedly lied, they will call them on it, rather than just publishing what they have to say.
The Economist definitely mixes reporting and advocacy. They don't try to remain impartial -- they interpret the news. I like this approach, and I feel that they do a good job differentiating between their advocacy and their best effort at providing context and background.
Most people who object to their style of reporting don't like the mix of advocacy and news, or prefer a more personal, less analytic approach to reporting. Depending on your personal style, you will either love or hate their reporting.
I like this magazine especially for the global and financial aspects of its news and analysis. It is detailed and convincing. Predictions may not be accurate but it is enjoyable to read something as dry as Economics here on this magazine. Well done and Highly recommended.
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A weekly newspaper, printed in magazine form. The Economist's focus is world news, politics and business. It also runs regular sections on science and technology as well as books and the arts. Every other week, it adds an in-depth special report on a particular issue, business sector or geographical region. Every quarter, it publishes a technology report called Technology Quarterly or TQ.