Newsweek International

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Articles from September 26

A Bit Too Much Mickey; Businessmen Decry Overdevelopment in Hong Kong
Byline: George Wehrfritz Hong Kong Disneyland swung open its doors last week in a gala celebration marred by an ironic distraction: smog. Under the year's dirtiest skies, in air so unhealthy that visitors with respiratory ailments should have stayed...
A Female Sensibility; Videogame Makers Have Ignored Half Their Potential Market. Now They're Having a Second Look, and Altering the Possibilities of Gaming
Byline: Christopher Dickey and Nick Summers What do women want? Men have been asking themselves that question since time immemorial. But for the huge male-dominated electronic-games industry, fueled as it is by the high-octane testosterone of adolescent...
A Second Coming of the Dot-Coms; Big Media Companies Are Betting the Web Will Be Key to How We Entertain Ourselves
Byline: Rana Foroohar The scramble to entertain you has unleashed the second coming of dot-coms. This time the business plans are written on legal paper (not napkins), the prospects are measured in dollars (not hits) and the focus is on media companies...
A World of Digital Dim Sum; as Our Shows Get Shorter and Smaller, So Do Our Attention Spans
Byline: Tracy McNicoll In the beginning, our entertainment landscape looked a lot like a big family dinner. Everybody piled around the TV, and we all ate whatever the major networks were serving up. Maybe we squabbled between courses, but everyone...
Building in Green; Can China Move 400 Million People to Its Cities without Wreaking Environmental Havoc? Eco-Urban Designer William McDonough Says Yes-And Beijing Is Listening
Byline: Sarah Schafer And Anne Underwood When American architect and industrial designer William McDonough visited the dusty Chinese village of Huangbaiyu, the villagers greeted him and his entourage of U.S. executives with a marching band, red...
China Needs New Priorities; If This Trend Continues, Japan Will Realize More of What Has Been a Latent Military Potential-And China's Emergence Will Be Delayed
Byline: Robert Madsen (Madsen is a senior fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT.) Superficially, Beijing would seem to have managed the North Korean crisis adroitly. It has certainly outperformed Washington, where the split between...
Criticism in an Uncritical Age; with More Content Comes More Critics. but Do They Have Anything to Say?
Byline: John Simon (Simon, a longtime critic in New York, recently published three volumes of his reviews on theater, film and music.) We live in an age when everyone is a critic. "Criticism" is all over the Internet, in blogs and chat rooms, for...
Do-It-Yourself News; Viewers Pick What to Cover on Al Gore's Network
Byline: Jonathan Darman No one expected a television thrill ride when word got out that former U.S. vice president Al Gore planned to launch a cable news network. To some, Gore's professed ambitions as chairman of Current TV--to create a democratic...
Double Vision; Hungry for New Ideas, Hollywood Will Need to Look Abroad
Byline: Mark Russell You say you're looking forward to the latest Martin Scorsese film "The Departed," about Boston cops and gangsters, due for release in 2006? I've already seen it. How about the forthcoming romantic weeper, "Il Mare," that reunites...
Download This; the Head OF Sony Pictures Digital Foresees Legitimate DVD Downloads Coming Soon to a Home Appliance near You
Byline: Daniel McGinn DVDs have changed the way we watch movies, but they're not perfect. To watch one, you have to plan ahead, drive to a store to pick up a copy or go online (and wait for the mail carrier) to rent it from Netflix. That will change,...
Flight of the French; A Nation That Prides Itself on Egalite Has a Tax Code That Is Driving Its Richest Citizens to Belgium, in Droves
Byline: Tracy McNicoll The Belgians call them "fiscal refugees," but these refugees wear Chanel. They are runaways from high taxes in France. Officially, France has lost, on average, one millionaire or billionaire taxpayer per day for tax reasons...
Hip Ma Bells? as Content Becomes Ever More Important, Even Phone Companies Are Starting to Distribute Music, Games and Movies
Byline: Emily Flynn Vencat and Mark Russell This isn't your mother's Ma Bell. On the ground floor of a buzzing London office building, guys with long hair and nose rings hold informal meetings with young women in vintage blazers doodling digital...
I Can Stop Playing Any Time I Want; Videogames Have an Addictive Quality. Does This Mean We're Hooked?
Byline: Steven Johnson (Steven Johnson is the author of "Everything Bad Is Good For You.") Early this August a 28-year-old South Korean man died of heart failure after playing the computer game Starcraft for 50 straight hours. When the story hit...
Inside A Makeover; One Company's Story Illustrates How Music-Industry Giants Are Retooling in an Attempt to Survive the Digital Future
Byline: Karen Lowry Miller The battle for digital control is still raging in the movie business, but it's virtually over in music. The giants are winning. Court rulings have forced free music upstarts like Grokster and Napster out of business, and...
It Doesn't Just Look Real-It Is Real; the Big Shift in How We Watch Will Be from Flat Screen to 3-D
Byline: David H. Freedman (Graphic by John Sparks and Graham Roberts) Lou Mazzucchelli grouses about "Star Wars" a lot. No, it's not that he wishes the later movies were as good as the first ones. It's those holograms that the characters use for...
Jukebox Junkie; the Rhapsody Model for Online Music May Hold Solid Lessons for Hollywood
Byline: Karen Lowry Miller If you're already streaming music off the Internet, it is thanks in good measure to Rob Glaser. He pretty much invented the technology. The former Microsoft executive launched RealNetworks in 1995, starting with the first...
Just the Ticket; Netflix Knows That the Key to Movies Is Getting Them to Viewers When and Where They Want
Byline: Karen Breslau And Daniel McGinn Given his fondness for movies, it's not surprising that Reed Hastings thinks about the future of home entertainment in terms that sound like they're drawn straight from "Star Wars." The story line, according...
Lush Palaces of Film; Movie Houses Think Big to Draw Couch Potatoes
Byline: R. M. Schneiderman Once we can download first-run movies at home and play them on wall-size TV screens, who's going to bother going to the movies? Theater owners are asking the same question, and in response some are already turning movie...
Making Their Own Breaks; Technology Is Helping Aspiring Writers, Musicians, Artists and Filmmakers Go from Amateur to Pro. Who Needs an Agent When You've Got the Net?
Byline: Tara Pepper When Singer Gilli Moon moved from Sydney to Los Angeles 10 years ago, she flung herself into meeting record-industry execs, arranging gigs and scraping together a living. "I didn't know anybody, I didn't have any money, but I...
No Place for Curry; Chef Suvir Saran Brings Indian Cooking Home
Byline: Vibhuti Patel New York's trendiest new Indian restaurant does not serve curry. Indeed, Devi offers no tandoori chicken, no "fusion" food and no sitar music, either. Chef Suvir Saran has deliberately done away with all the stereotypes that...
Not Turning the Corner Yet; Koizumi Won Big on One Issue. but If He Doesn't Move Fast on Others, All His Gains Might Be for Naught
Byline: Christian Caryl (With Hideko Takayama in Tokyo) At first, Koichi Kato was elated. Exit polls on the afternoon of Sept. 11 showed a decisive lead for his Liberal Democratic Party--and vindication for LDP leader Junichiro Koizumi, who had...
On the Beach; Is Tourism the Answer to Gaza's Future-Or Cruel Pipe Dream?
Byline: Kevin Peraino (With Nuha Musleh in Gaza) Nabil Kafarneh blames "mysterious elements" for the fire that destroyed his nightclub five years ago. Its location on the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean coast made the Appointment a popular spot for Arab...
ON THE DARKNET; Tools to Remain Anonymous Are Fueling the Surge in File Sharing
Byline: Daren Briscoe Jan Danielsson, a 28-year-old student at Uppsala University in Sweden, flirted with the dark side for months, and he finally crossed over for the purest of motives. A friend of his had legally purchased a popular song, but...
Periscope
Byline: Eric Pape, Mark Hosenball, R. M. Schneiderman, Christopher Dickey, Brad Stone, Elise Soukup, Melinda Liu, Barbie Nadeau, Fred Guterl EUROPE: Lilliputian Politics As the historic showdown between Angela Merkel's CDU party and Gerhard Schroeder's...
Poor, Poorer, Poorest; Once upon a Time, Italy's Old Mezzogiorno Was Europe's Most Impoverished Region. It Still Is-Only Much More So
Byline: Barbie Nadeau The ruins of Matera in Italy's southern region of Basilicata are a grim reminder of how desperate life has been for the region's poor. Generations of families once lived here in squalid, windowless caves cut out of the steep...
Pushing for a Flatter World
One and a half years ago, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero surprised the world with a landslide election victory just days after the Madrid train bombings. And despite fears that the prime minister's Socialist Party would reverse hard-won economic gains,...
THE BEAT GOES ON; Satellite and Internet Radio Could Help Save Niche Genres of Music
Byline: Malcolm Beith A year ago, it was difficult to find a nightclub in Latin America that wasn't pulsating to "Gasolina," a raunchy number by reggaeton star Daddy Yankee. Bootleg CDs of the tune were on sale at street stalls from Santo Domingo...
The End of the Word as We Know It; If You Think Kids Don't Read Now, Wait until the Visual Media Really Take Off
Byline: Fred Guterl It's never easy to plumb the reading habits of children, but teachers and parents perennially knock themselves out with worry over any sign of a decline. Among U.S. teenagers, reading skills haven't improved in high schools since...
The Good Life
Byline: William Underhill, Yepoka Yeebo, Hideko Takayama Business Travel: Faster Than Flying By William Underhill It's the kind of first-class pampering that execs have come to expect from their favorite airlines. A chauffeur collects them...
Very Wide Release; Debuts in the Home, as Well as Theater
Byline: John Ness The future promises to bring movies to the masses in myriad new ways, but only one company has set out to control them all. The brainchild of dot-com billionaires Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, 2929 Entertainment has a new murder...
Wired at Any Price; A Sobering Example for a Broadband World
Byline: B. J. Lee It's no surprise that Korean phone companies are among the first to move into the music and film businesses. The country, as its boosters never tire of mentioning, leads the world in broadband penetration; three in four homes have...
Your Own World; the Future of Entertainment Promises Bigger Shows and Infinite Choices to You, the Master of This Digital Universe
Byline: Rana Foroohar The world's largest broadcaster first glimpsed the future of entertainment through the eyes of grade-school kids and grannies. Jana Bennett, director of television for the British Broadcasting Corp., remembers the shock well....