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has had an online presence since November of 1993, when it launched an interactive edition on the America Online network (keyword: Atlantic). Last fall the magazine launched a more advanced digital edition on the World Wide Web (located at http://www.TheAtlantic.com). And in March of this year the magazine unveiled Election Connection '96 within the Atlantic Web site.

The centerpiece of Election Connection is an archive of more than 170 articles that have been published in The Atlantic Monthly since 1860, when the first editor, James Russell Lowell, wrote a piece titled "The Election in November" and gave the magazine's endorsement to Abraham Lincoln. The articles have been selected for the insight they provide into subjects relevant to the present election campaign.

Visitors to Election Connection are greeted by quotations and facts drawn from the day's news and from current political commentary. Hypertext links often lead from these to articles within the archive. Readers may also choose to browse the entire archive, where they will encounter analyses by prominent journalists, historians, economists, and policy experts of the past century: George F. Kennan on foreign policy. Barbara Dafoe Whitehead on family values. Nicholas Lemann on race and poverty. Peter G. Peterson on the federal budget. Elizabeth Drew on Congress. James Q. Wilson and Wendy Kaminer on crime. Peter Drucker on the knowledge society. Bill McKibben on the environment. This collection of Atlantic articles is amplified by further hypertext links to the best, most informative resources we could find on the Web.

Another part of Election Connection is an online poll called Executive Decision. This poll doesn't ask people to voice an opinion on a subject about which they may know little; it challenges them to suppose that they are in a position of leadership, to read competing arguments from different sides of an issue -- in the form of memos to a hypothetical President, written by a team that has included James Fallows, Jack Beatty, and Katie Bacon -- and then to make a policy decision. If a poll participant chooses to write an explanation of his or her decision, it is posted publicly. --THE EDITORS

NOTE: As reflected in the changed heading of this column, we have moved our editorial, production, new-media, and business offices to new quarters, in Boston's historic North End.



The Atlantic Monthly; September 1996; 77 North Washington Street; Volume 278, No. 3; page 6.



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