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IN THE NEW GAME OF TAG, ALL OF US ARE IT

Melvil Dewey had it easy. In 1876, when he created his famous system of ordering information, the Dewey Decimal Classification System, there weren't Web sites, video clips or blogs.

Silence in Jakarta

When a massive tsunami killed more than 100,000 people in Aceh province last December, the Indonesian capital was completely oblivious to the disaster, taking days to fully comprehend the scope of the carnage.

CAFETERIA CUISINE

Fordham University had a problem: the main dining facility stank. That wouldn't be good anywhere; in New York City, it was an embarrassment. "It's hard to get around," said sophomore Laura Greenwood. "Lines are overlapping.

Where is the Outrage?

I have been studying President George W. Bush's face recently--in newspaper photos, and on television. I'm looking for something very specific: grief. A shadow behind his eyes or a weariness at the corners, a softness to his mouth that suggests he agonizes before making pronouncements, decisions, policies.

Over Worked, Under Paid?

Joseph Sass has been working at the Naval shipyard in Norfolk, Va., for more than half-a-dozen years. He's gotten consistently good reviews as a nuclear engineering technician and instructor and he's achieved enough seniority to have his pick of overtime assignments, of which there are plenty--enough to add another seven to 10 percent to most of his paychecks.

'Just Say Know'

Although an entire generation of Americans has now been raised on Nancy Reagan's simple anti-dope "Just Say No" mantra, they're still just as likely to say yes.

Scenes From A Conference

Last year, the world's rich, famous and powerful waited willingly in long New York lines for the ultimate party favor--a nifty hand-held computer dubbed the Davos Companion.

Mail Call

Determining the Lesser of Two EvilsResponses to our Jan. 13 cover package confirmed that Americans remain divided over the handling of the dual crises in Iraq and North Korea.

Anxiety Attacks

The recent 10-day shooting spree in the Washington area has left Americans nationwide more fearful of being the victim of a sniper attack than they are of being targeted by terrorists, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll.

A Magazine Lives, And Moves, On

In 1992, a 29-year-old Californian named Marc Smirnoff landed in the famously literary town of Oxford, Mississippi (as in Faulkner, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown, et al.), borrowed $12,000 and started a quarterly magazine of high-quality writing from and regarding the South.

The Web's Dark Secret

Before The Internet Came Along, Pedophiles Were Lonely And Hunted Individuals. Authorities Had Child Pornography Under Control. Today Networks Of Child Abusers Are Proliferating Worldwide. A Newsweek Investigation.

Let's Not Get Carried Away

In the short run the market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine," the legendary investor Benjamin Graham used to say--long before events in Florida made "voting machine" the best fodder for late-night comics since "Lewinsky." Laughs for investors were few last year, though, and the voting-machine metaphor is instructive.What Graham meant was that investors often let themselves be seduced by a new industry.

The Trendsetter

Hiroshi Fujiwara is cool. Just ask the kids who line up each day outside his streetwear boutique, Ready Made, in Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district. Rain or shine, scores of teen shoppers are waiting when the doors swing open.

Breaking And Making Rules

We got an interesting variety of reactions to our Cover Story on baby boomers, "The New Middle Age." "Thanks for acknowledging that you can't put boomers all in one box," said one reader, "though we do love reading about ourselves!" Another declared that today's "drug culture, promiscuous sex and extreme violence had their roots in the boomer determination to destroy all rules." Several readers born in the 1960s said they had nothing in common with older boomers.

Warning: Never Mess With A Mama Bear!

One of the many important--but difficult--tasks of parenting is knowing when to step into a situation and take action and when to hold back and allow the child to confront--and hopefully resolve--the situation for himself or herself.

The Most Stubborn Spy

The old comrades linked arms as they emerged defiantly from South Korea's Taejon Penitentiary. Leading the way: Woo Yong Gak, a 70-year-old North Korean widely regarded as the world's longest-serving political prisoner.

Click On A Canvas

LET'S SAY THAT KENT AND CARLA Naif of Kansas City decide to start acquiring contemporary art. They've seen reproductions of big paintings by the current SoHo star Paolo Pomo, and they want one.

The Net 50

A year ago only a handful of computer cognoscenti had heard of Netscape's Marc Andreessen or Sun Microsystems' James Gosling. Now they're considered to be computerdom's hottest visionaries.

A Piece Of The Action

Black entrepreneurs are battling for ownership of the lucrative assets they produce for the music business. But will their continued reliance on big record companies -- and persistent violence in parts of the rap world -- stall the dream for some of them Andre Harrell, one of black music's moguls, is a "big Willy," hip-hop lingo for a big-time player in showbiz.

So Much Tv, So Little Time

The Old TV Gripe Was, There's Nothing On. Of Course, Most of the people who said that were logging 187 hours of TV time a week: they just wouldn't admit it.

The Reality Of Make-Believe

I took a beginning acting class about five years ago as part of my general education at Chico State University, in California. It sounded like fun, and it was.

Game Guide

Hard copy about cyberspace can be a bit pedantic. But "Net Games" (Michael Wolff & Co. and Random House. $19) avoids this problem by leaving out all the philosophy and laborious instructions.

Everybody Hurts Sometime

The instant the questions get personal Michael Stipe gets up to leave the room. "I need a match," he says, waving a cigarette he's just rolled on his lap. "I'm not stalling." A year ago, he might not have come back.

See Teddy Run Scared

With his boyish good looks and his soft-edged conservatism, millionaire businessman W. Mitt Romney looks like just the guy to scare the daylights out of Sen.

See Teddy Run Scared

With his boyish good looks and his soft-edged conservatism, millionaire businessman W. Mitt Romney looks like just the guy to scare the daylights out of Sen.

Let's Stop Crying Wolf On Censorship

IMAGINE THAT A BIG RECORD-COMPANY EXECUTIVE DISCOVERED a new skinhead band called Aryan Nation and distributed 2 million copies of a song with the lyrics: Rat-a-tat and a tat like that/Never hesitate to put a nigga on his back.

Rage Of The Privileged

WAS STUDYING RAGE, I TOLD MY HOST, AN eminently successful corporate lawyer. Specifically, I was looking into the anger of middle-class blacks--into why people who seemingly had so much to celebrate were filled with resentment and rage. "Well, I can tell you why I'm angry," he began, launching into a long tale about his compensation package.

But Can You Dance To It?

Even before the mesmerizing torch singer croons her last bluesy note, the radio announcer butts in: " Well, that was 'The Last Time I Saw Paris.'And speaking of Paris . . . " But wait: who was the singer?

An American Revolution

It cannot be denied that the French excel all nations in the excellence of their cuisine," wrote the influential cooking teacher Fannie Farmer back in 1896.

The Young And The Tasteless

What plays best in vanguardland these days is private life as public spectacle. Most of this is categorized, naturally, as performance art, but a few painters and sculptors have become quasi-actors, too.

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