November/December 1999

November/December 1999 Cover Culture Quake
by Paul Keegan
Computer games like Quake and Doom probably won't turn your son into a killer.
But what is happening to kids raised on the most violent, interactive mass-media entertainment ever devised? Paul Keegan gets behind the barrel of the
first-person shooter games to investigate.


 






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Features

Culture Quake
by Paul Keegan
Computer games like Quake and Doom probably won't turn your son into a killer. But what is happening to kids raised on the most violent, interactive mass-media entertainment ever devised? Paul Keegan gets behind the barrel of the first-person shooter games to investigate.

High-Risk Monkey Business
by Alan Green
Exotic-animal dealers are channeling disease-carrying primates from labs and zoos into the homes of pet owners. The business may be profitable, but it can also prove deadly. Alan Green tracks some bad monkeys across America to find out who's responsible for this public health menace.

Senator Strangelove
by Bill Mesler
Why is the United States spending more on nuclear-weapons research and development now than during the Cold War? Meet New Mexico's Pete Domenici. He's why.

Under the Gun
Photos by Jenny Matthews; text by Amy Wilentz
When armies battle to make what we call history, some women bear arms and fight. But most simply carry on: trying to maintain life in the midst of madness. This photoessay documents the lives of women in war zones around the world.

The End of Growth
by Bill McKibben
Greed is good if you want unrestrained growth, not so good if you want global stability. Gandhi understood that. At century's end, are we finally ready to listen to him? Bill McKibben argues for a politics that embraces more life, not more stuff.

Buffalo Soldiers
by Maryanne Vollers
Over the past decade, some 3,000 bison from Yellowstone National Park have been killed in the name of Montana's cattle industry. The ragtag volunteers of the Buffalo Field Campaign want the slaughter to stop.

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Departments

This Photograph
Apostles for the Apocalypse

Backtalk
Tom Hayden et al. take aim at Todd Gitlin; Bear Lincoln's lawyer speaks; and how to share the tax burden of education.

Outfront
Washington state reaps a bitter harvest as squabbling state agencies leave migrant workers to live in squalor; how Louisiana silences the poor by cutting access to free law clinics; and does the NSA spy for U.S. business? Plus: December's Hellraiser; the pharmaceutical millions behind a grassroots mental health organization; the greening of golf courses; and a report card on influence peddling.

Exhibit
ACT UP San Francisco claims "AIDS is over;" blueprints get a green life; Germany goes gentle; and Exhibit asks, "How did we get here?" as the Postal Service prepares to release the "hip-hop culture" stamp.

Wide Angle
Europe revisits nationalism.

Power Plays
Political Analysis by columnist William Saletan
Can gay Boy Scouts be morally straight? That's what the Supreme Court may soon decide.

The Commons
by Sue Halpern
A dairy cooperative in Vermont fights to stay small -- and turn a profit -- while it competes with big corporate farms.

Media Jones
The best bloodless video games; talking culture with David Byrne; the politics of Dr. Seuss; book, music, and film reviews.

The Future of ...
...Luddites
Cartoon by Seth