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The Atlantic Publishes its Annual ‘Ideas’ Issue

The July/August Atlantic ‘Ideas” issue is out. In addition to the 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year, Lori Gottlieb has a piece that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy.” The gist: It might not be so wise to block your children from rejection and unhappiness.

A few of their trends (for better and worse) facing America today:

The Rise of the Middle Class – Just Not Ours — by FT‘s Gillian Tett

Elections Work — by PBS’s Gwen Ifill

Nothing Stays Secret — by WaPo Investigative Reporter Dana Priest, whose upcoming book is: Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

Gay is the New Normal — by Jonathan Rauch, Contributing editor, The Atlantic

The Maniac Will be Televised — by Walter Kirn, author of two books, Up in the Air and Lost in Meritocracy

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The Atlantic Unveils its 14 3/4 Ideas Issue

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The Atlantic‘s July/August Ideas issue goes live this morning.

In it, the publication releases 14 3/4 innovative ideas of the year, including stories such as Accepting Marijuana (by Joshua Green), American Declinism (by James Fallows) and Mourning Boredom (by Walter Kirn). In addition, they have The Stunning Rise of Women (by Hannah Rosen).

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” had The Atlantic Editor James Bennet on the show this morning to discuss the special magazine issue. He spoke of putting down the Blackberry and laptop. Not that people should, but just what is happening to the attention span. “It inhibits us from thinking about anything too deeply,” Bennet says of people’s need for the Internet.

HuffPost Sam Stein was also a guest on the show and was apparently thinking about the Atlantic idea of women taking over the world.

At the close, when hosts and guests always say what they’ve learned, Stein told Joe Scarborough that he learned that women taking over the world may not be such a bad thing. Scarborough said anyone who has been married a week knows that women have taken over the world long ago. “You must not be married,” he told Stein. To which the HuffPost scribe replied: “I am married!”

Read The Atantic’s biggest ideas here. See the ideas listed after the jump…

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