Radley Balko, our favorite journalist, chronicles forty years of hysterical, overwrought covers from Time Magazine, warning of the imminent doom facing America from threats as varied as online pornography and Dungeons & Dragons.
Yet somehow, America hangs on.
These covers, and Balko's commentary, are a bracing reminder that the interests and agenda of the media do not necessarily correspond with those of the public at large. You need reliable news about what's going on in the world. Time magazine and the rest of the media need to sell advertising or to keep eyes glued to commercials. If that means feeding you horror stories about the dangers of SATAN!, so be it.