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Michael Kinsley is no fan of the Newsweek redesign, but he has even less love for Time, where his column ran for the last two years. Reviewing Newsweek's new look on The New Republic's Web site Thursday, Kinsley described himself as having been "recently dumped by Time." He deemed Newsweek editor Jon Meacham "a very smart and thoughtful guy, which
in my experience is not necessarily true of all newsmagazine editors (all two, that is)." And although he found the new Newsweek lacking in clarity or originality, he urged readers to pick it up and judge for themselves, adding, "Don't forget to cancel your subscription to Time while you're at it."

To call the National Magazine Awards sober would be a pun, but it would be accurate. Brought down to earth by a crashing economy and a changing media landscape, the industry's annual prom Thursday was scaled back, shrunk down and subject to an early closing bar that resulted first in a frenzy and then in some very disappointed magazine editors.

One, Allure editor in chief Linda Wells, managed to procure a drink after the bar closed just before 7, mostly through prolonged begging. She later offered to share the bounty, a vodka soda, with Reader's Digest's Tom Prince and Departures editor in chief Richard David Story. "I don't have swine flu," she added helpfully. (They declined.) Nearby, New York magazine film critic David Edelstein, a finalist for columns and commentary, bickered with event staff over his rebellious refilling of his Diet Coke.

All of the high-flown rhetoric about opening up the inauguration to the people can only go so far. For one thing, capacity at various events isn't limitless, and for another, there were donors to reward and political insiders to keep happy. But as the celebrities shut out of Maureen Dowd's cocktail party or the Huffington Post Ball could have told you, elite status only goes so far.

The scene at the Mall during President Obama's inauguration.
What is the point of being there?

Shuffling and standing for hours; clutching heat packs in the cold; losing sleep, time, money -- for what, when the Inauguration can be experienced instantaneously on any number of screens?

The collective experience of the end of the Bush presidency and the dawn of the Obama administration can be replicated digitally through Twitter and Facebook and My.Barack.Obama. So why crowd miles from the Capitol in January, just to watch it on a bigger screen?
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