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The Economist is a global weekly magazine written for those who share an uncommon interest in being well and broadly informed. Each issue explores domestic and international issues, business, finance, current affairs, science, technology and the arts. Your paid subscription to The Economist also includes unlimited access to Economist.com and our searchable archive.
- Great publication! Just don't get it from Amazon...
Don't get me wrong. I love the Economist. It's a very well written, objective publication. I would recomend it highly for those people who want to get great coverage on global news but are tired of the left-leaning/pesimistic news from the hometown newspaper.
My problem is that I have never received one single copy from this subscription with Amazon. In fact, this is the 2nd time (out of 2) that I have been snubbed on a magazine subscription. My advise would be to bypass Amazon and go straight to the publication. There seems to be a disconnect between Amazon and certain publications. ...more info
- Secular Humanist?
A review posted here criticized the Economist for showing a "Secular Humanist" bias. Here are a few qualities associated with Secular Humanism (cunningly stolen from wikipedia):
"Need to test beliefs - A conviction that dogmas , ideologies and traditions, whether religious, political or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual and not simply accepted on faith.
Reason, evidence, scientific method - A commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, in seeking solutions to human problems and answers to important human questions.
Fulfillment, growth, creativity - A primary concern with fulfillment, growth, and creativity for both the individual and humankind in general.
Search for truth - A constant search for objective truth, with the understanding that new knowledge and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
This life - A concern for this life and a commitment to making it meaningful through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from us.
Ethics - A search for viable individual, social and political principles of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and individual responsibility.
Building a better world - A conviction that with reason, an open exchange of ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world for ourselves and our children."
I don't find that the editorial standard of the Economist always meets this irreproachable set of criteria. However, it's often close enough that I have no problem recommending the magazine to everyone....more info
- A teenager's perspective
I have always been interested in keeping up with current events. As a child, foolishly, i used to watch Fox News, thinking that it was a gem. As I got older and my intellectual capacity started increasing I started becoming disgusted with cable news, which most of the times seems like a circus show.
I started reading the NY times and the Economist and found that, when bundled up together, I could get a clear picture of pretty much everything going on in the world very easily.
What other people have said of The Economist is true: it's not written for the average, spoon-fed American. It takes work to plow through this stuff. However, I've found that it has helped me tremendously in almost every aspect of my life (I know, how cliche!)
Perhaps the most tangible way it has helped me is with my English and writing skills. Now, English is not my first language (and when i started reading the magazine my brain would fry before i could get through a fourth of it). Getting through this magazine has helped me become a better writer and reader (i can think critically now, in English!). This was so noticeable that when i retook my SAT's a year later after discovering this Magazine my score jumped from a 470 in Critical reading to a 640 (out of 800) and my writing score jumped from a 500 to a 700 (out of 800). The articles College Board made me analyze seemed like a piece of cake compared to those of The Economist.
For the record, i wrote my SAT essay about Obama. I got all the information for it from the Economist.
LESSON: gift this subscription to any SAT anxiety filled teenager you know! (trust me, there are many.) He or she will be grateful.
The economist has taught me so much about so many different areas. I confess, i feel like an "intellectual" sometimes because of this magazine....more info
- Not just for economists
If you're an economist, businessperson, or just interested in economics, then you absolutely must subscribe to this magazine. And if you have no interest in economics whatsoever, you may still find it essential.
The Economist's coverage of politics and current events is top-notch. It contains news dispatches and analysis written by on-the-ground journalists located all over the world. There is a careful mix of playful artwork and punning headlines with serious, thoughtful writing. Other highlights include excellent science articles and brief book reviews.
Content is also posted online as it comes in; print subscribers gain unlimited access to The Economist's website. (A cheaper online-only subscription is also available.) As a bonus, subscribers can now download an unabridged audio version of each issue: About 7 hours, pleasantly narrated and skillfully produced, with a separate MP3 for each article. I find this format to be absolutely ideal listening.
Note that college students and faculty qualify for a discount, rarely advertised, at EconomicAcademic.com....more info
- An Intelligence Goldmine
Anyone who understands that democracies rise and fall on how well informed its citizens are knows why The Economist is widely regarded as the world's most informative, authoritative general news magazine -- hands down. Its coverage of global events is grounded in the recognition that economics is as much about politics and culture as it is about money supply, capital flows and math theory, perhaps more so in today's exclusively speculative economy. What really sets The Economist apart is its superior journalism: stories are concise, yet set within a damn near encyclopedic overview that allows the reader to understand the subject in past, present and future contexts. What's more remarkable is the prose is generally flawless -- and leavened with wit. ...more info
- Too much of one ideology instead of various views on economics, news, and business
I know that this review is probably going to be rated as not being helpful. However, I think it is important to plainly state my view.
I have really enjoyed The Economist whenever I bought it at a newstand or picked it out of the flight selections. So, I finally went ahead and purchased a subscription. At first I enjoyed the intellectual exercise of looking at world events from fresh points of view, however, after reading several issues I began to see a dissapointingly consistent bias.
I think the reviewers that note that the magazine is "fair and balanced" are guilty of wishful thinking. The "world view" of the writers can accurately be described as "secular humanist".
It began to bother me that the magazine tries to make it appear that they are untethered from bias and prejudice. Every author (or human being for that matter) has a world view shaped by life experience, educational influences, and ideology. It is absurd and disingenuous to say that we are above our individual biases, and that our thoughts do not come from a particular viewpoint. I began to want to know who wrote the individual articles, so that I could avoid the articles by authors that I found to be so biased that they were boorish.
Ultimately I enjoy some aspects of the magazine, just as one would enjoy an unusual dinner guest. But people begin to get tired of a interesting dinner guest that overstays their welcome.
The Economist is good for a read once in a while unless you share their ideology enough to withstand the consistent push of the secular humanist world view....more info
- One of the best, if not the best news magazine
Well written, insightful and covers a wide scope of topics.
You might not always agree with all the view points presented, but the argument are put forth in a coherent and beautifully written way.
One of the best news magazine in publication. If you would get only one news magazine, this is it....more info
- Going downhill
I have been a subscriber to the economist for over 15 years. For the past few years or so I have noticed that the quality of news coverage and analysis has gone downhill. Many subjects are now handled with a kind of facile politically correct treatment that can be had elsewhere at a lower price (or free on the Internet).
There is more breezy opinion and less presentation of potentially conflicting or subtle facts with evenhanded analysis. Certain topics (Israel, President Bush, Global Warming) guarantee a knee-jerk emission of drivel.
Before subscribing read the Economist at a local library for a while - see if it appeals to you first.
- opinion of The Economist
Arguably the best economic and political journal in the world today, enabling citizens to make intelligent choices in everyday decision-making. Every article is a great read, and often full of marvelously understated British humour....more info
- The Economist is to Time as Time is to People
I love it - The Economist's US coverage is more in-depth than any weekly I know. The international section is my favorite....more info
- Quick read world news
I purchased the Economist as a supplement to more expensive financial investment news services online. I had read special editions purchased at news stand prices, and found it almost too much to read in a week. The regular weekly edition is well organized, with capsule summaries of events up front, and longer feature articles on the same subjects further back.
The British and European news and political bias is different than what we get on CNBC, Investors Business Daily, and USA Today. Many of the writers are very good, but the usual lack of credibility stands out in some others....more info
- A news magazine for thinkers
Without question, this is the magazine to choose if you want to read news on a weekly basis, rather than drivel, celebrity reports, and senseless "polls" that amount to nothing.
If you are looking for a particular political slant, do not choose the Economist. Its writers run the gamut from the left to the right, but the overall tenor of the magazine is well balanced. There's plenty to challenge one's world view in any given issue, no matter what one's political affiliation, but I tend to enjoy that aspect of the magazine. There are few publications that even try to present such a balance of viewpoints, and none others that succeed so brilliantly.
The writing is unparalleled and refreshingly unsophomoric. It's great to read something written at a level higher than grade eight, and with a vocabulary to delight the eyes and sometimes even warrant breaking out a dictionary. The coverage is truly worldwide in scope, too, with the U.S. frequently taking a backseat to the rest of the globe, as it should, when events dictate.
I think the Economist is simply the best of its class, bar none....more info
- Excellent publication, theiving fulfillment organization
The publication itself is excellent - a different perspective from that of Time, Newsweek, and others on US and world events and trends and superb analysis and insight.
But for the third time in five years, the subscription organization has terminated my subscription for no reason or taken my renewal money and failed to renew my subscription. My inquiries result in an automated email response, but no action. This is nothing short of theft, and there is clearly a pattern of this behavior....more info
- A very different weekly news magazine
Reading The Economist is a very different experience from that of reading the "big three"-- Time, Newsweek, and US News-- for two reasons.
First, it's a British publication, written in a very British manner. It's tone can vary from flatly dry to dryly ironic to jarringly blunt. There's nothing here that one can call politically correct; the authors and editors call 'em as they see 'em.
Second, it's a serious news magazine. Each issue is packed with stories about current affairs, politics, economics, and business. There are also book and movie reviews. However, there is almost no pop culture news and absolutely none of the celebrity gossip that has begun to corrupt the "big three."
It's important to understand that reading The Economist takes some commitment of time and effort, probably at least two or three hours an issue. Every article is deeply analytical, and many stories are revisited weekly for updates. This is a NEWS magazine, not a news MAGAZINE, if that makes sense.
The issue of political bias always arises with the media. The Economist takes definite stands on nearly every issue, and those editorial stands are clearly stated and defended. However, it is at the same time scrupulously fair and balanced. That's quite a trick, but the staff pulls it off week after week.
So, if you're ready and willing to spend some time reading thoughtful, thought-provoking, in-depth analysis of the news of the world, you won't find a better news magazine than The Economist.
(You might want to buy a copy on a magazine rack somewhere and check the subscription offers on the insert cards. They're almost certain to be better than the Amazon price.)...more info
- great magazine IF you can get the subscription dept to send it
Frankly their subscription department is UNANSWERABLE in that they
do not acknowledge subscription problems. At this price point it is
exceedingly difficult not to feel ripped off when the magazine doesn't arrive....more info
- King of the weekly news magazines
The Economist is truly the best of the weekly global news magazines. Too bad it's not American so I don't have to bother with the pesky differences in spelling! Don't let the magazine's name mislead you into thinking it is mostly about business, financial, or economic matters; The Economist covers important news in virtually every country, including articles on science, technology, books, art, and people, and it offers at least two in-depth reports every issue. The writing is clear, insightful, and aimed at an intelligent, informed audience, with a sprinkling of dry British humor (always in good taste). Yes, The Economist has a bias - a free-market bias - but they wear their heart lightly on their sleeve, so I can live with it. If you want to stay informed about the world, if you can read only one news magazine, then The Economist is the one....more info
- It's great!
Pound for pound the Economist provides more interesting reading than any other magazine I can think of. I often disagree with their editorial stance, but the articles have very interesting analysis, especially when compared to the superficial coverage provided by many American magazines....more info