The Media Issue

We believe in the power of media, so it's hard when we see what a mess it has become.

We believe in the power of media, so it's hard when we see what a mess it has become. Technology has made it omnipresent in our lives. We are inundated by it, overwhelmed by it, and all too often depressed by its degradation.Yet amid the confusion and chaos, there remain examples of profound creativity and value. In the following pages, we've collected a handful of people and ideas that represent media excellence: what it has been, what it is, and what it can be.We love the possibility and the potential of media-that it can communicate to the world, break down barriers, open doors, and maybe even change things for the better. We're new to media, and we're making it up as we go along-but it is this ideal that inspires us.-5 a.m., 3 hours to press time[revised 5 p.m., 9 hours late-eds.]MEDIA FEATURES FROM THIS ISSUE:Bad NewsWhen was the last time you watched the network news? DAVID PUNER examines the lengths the networks are willing to go as they try to keep your attention.The 51 Best* Magazines EverIntroduction by Vanity Fair editor GRAYDON CARTERNot TVIt's where you will find the greatest shows on television. JACK LECHNER explains how HBO got to the top-and stayed there.VII Ten photographers are taking pictures that you needs to see. MICHAEL A. M. LERNER chronicles the birth of a renegade photo agency.
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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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