Why I Don’t “Like” Tablet Online Magazine — Corporate Money & the New Read on Jewish Life

Maybe I’ll just reblog this each time Tablet Magazine disgraces itself, but I’m putting in a suggestion that Jewish Studies colleagues who write for Tablet might want to consider stopping

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(Eli Valley, detail from Metamorphosis, a comic about “hip” Jewish projects {I’m posting this image with generous permission from the artist} {You can see the whole strip here})

Having recently joined Facebook, I see how many of my friends and colleagues inside and outside academe actually “like” Tablet Magazine, an online rag promoting new Jewish politics and culture. Myself, I’m not sure what’s to like about this Nextbook production, and figured that someone might want to say something about it. Part of it has to do with how beneath the slick, flip, lavishly financed new electronic Jewish tribalism at Tablet lurk the old parochial anxieties about the Jews, Judaism, and the State of Israel. Looking past the youthful cool so intentionally cultivated, I am more and more convinced that anxiety is the hallmark of the new Jewish conservatism, both in the culture at large and at Tablet.  But most…

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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2 Responses to Why I Don’t “Like” Tablet Online Magazine — Corporate Money & the New Read on Jewish Life

  1. Cass Fisher says:

    Catch me up. What did they do this time?

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