At TIME.com, we’re working on a guide to the best Tumblrs out there. But we want to know what you think first.
What Tumblr can’t you live without? (Aside from ours, of course.) Whether it’s news, photography, design or just cat videos, we want to know what you follow — and why.
Reply to this post (and include the URL) with your picks. We’ll mark popular suggestions as “Readers’ Choice” in our final list, which should come out by the end of January.
We love you Newsweek, thank you! Also, we give an emphatic cosign to shortformblog - they are my favorite news bloggy type tumblr. I’d like to add (off the top of my head) youmightfindyourself, motherjones, world-shaker, theyuniversity and casperthefriendlyshibainu (I love that dog, deal with it) to the list.
Help out TIME with their list! And if you mention us I won’t get mad, I promise.
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johnness asks: I was around Newsweek International from 2000-2003, and I think what you see is consistent with longterm trends: Newsmagazines everywhere love soft news generally, but an editor of an international edition (usually someone in NYC) has faith that someone in Tokyo will care about big news in Kenya and vice-versa. The top editor for the American version of a newsmagazine will devote most of their limited "news" covers to domestic happenings. A folo cover on Egypt wouldn't likely be considered.
» SFB says: Thanks for the take on this piece, John. It’s worth noting that Newsweek’s covers tend to go strongly domestic as well. Much appreciated. — Ernie @ SFB
thingsmostgrey asks: In your zine, you showed a pic of the "Germany can't save the world" cover as one of the ones that the US missed out on, but I subscribe to Time and we did have that issue in the US (but I think it looked a bit different--so maybe it was technically a different cover). I definitely remember reading a lengthy article with the same title.
» SFB says: We’ll put up a clarification on the original post, but just to emphasize: It’s entirely possible that any of the topics that didn’t show up on the cover may have showed up in the U.S. edition of the magazine elsewhere. In fact, it’s more than likely. The blurbs on the post are specifically about the covers. — Ernie @ SFB
lalondes asks: Regarding your tumbl-zine on Time's covers: don't you think it's a little silly to, well, judge a book by its cover? You seem to be suggesting that the cover in and of itself is the news, that this week's edition of Time contains only information about the benefits of anxiety to the total exclusion of news about Egypt. A difference in the image on the front page doesn't necessarily constitute a difference in the magazine's content or the quality of its journalism.
» SFB says: The issue in question here specifically deals with the covers, though, because that’s where the controversy began. This whole issue began with Glenn Greenwald and a number of other analysts criticizing a cover of Time, claiming it was evidence the magazine was dumbing down the news for American audiences. What we were trying to do was to show that, no, this is not the case, and we did that by analyzing a year’s worth of covers. We agree with you — the content on the inside is key. But Time is a magazine known for iconic covers, and those covers set the tone. That, ultimately, is the point we’re trying to make. — Ernie @ SFB