Phil Rosenthal at the Chicago Tribune reports that The Economist is beginning a $1 million marketing push to boost readership in
Be ready to dig in, however. This is no magazine for the time-sensitive. Editor-in-chief John Micklethwait wants you to work for your new global perspective: "You turn on your television anywhere now, you get so much pap that what I think people want is substance. We’re going to make them think. There’s no great theme behind it. We just follow the things we think are interesting. … It is a part of the market that not everybody is in. But we’ve found the top of the market is bigger than other people thought."
The pap he refers to? "We have sadly undercovered Britney Spears," says Micklethwait.