Dispatch December 2009

The Top Pop Culture Moments of the Decade

From Radiohead and James Frey to Jackass and Jersey Shore, 10 daring and sometimes inane creative acts that defined the ’00s

2006: Lee Siegel is suspended by The New Republic. Busted for pseudonymously aggrandizing himself in the comments thread to one of his own blog posts, Siegel endured a symbolic fate. Derision poured in from all corners of the Web, his editors grew pious, and old-school Parnassian journo-hood ceded its ground to the Age of Antagonism. Bloggers at the gates!

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Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

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