Forsaken Handwritten Letters

By Soli Salgado

A text message may be fast, and an email may be efficient—but there’s nothing quite like the patience to a personalized letter.

Cocaturismo: How Cocaine in Colombia Became a Tourist Attraction

By Magnus Linton, translated by John Eason

After Pablo Escobar's death, Medellín became even more steeped in the drug trade. Now, cocaine in Colombia has infiltrated every aspect of the culture, even to the point of attracting rich tourists seeking a thrill.

Transparency, Big Data and Internet Activism

By Micah L. Sifry

Internet activism—and internet democracy—depend on accessible public meeting spaces online. So why are there so few of them?

Fall 2014 Utne Reader Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Fall 2014


Lose the 24-Hour News

By Peter Laufer

Inspired by the Slow Food Movement, Peter Laufer advocates for a critical look at the 24-hour news cycle that provides “fast-food-like empty-calories news.”

Aspen, Pop-Up, and the Multimedia Magazine

By Gwen Allen, from Art Papers

When reading a magazine becomes a communal event.

The Fall and Rise of Investigative Journalism

by Anya Schiffrin

If you’re a reader with access to the internet, you’re living in a new golden age of investigative journalism.

Ferguson Spurs Hashtag Activism

By Katie Moore

Social media reacts to the killing of Mike Brown.