Good example of how to structure a trend piece/critical essay/elaborate blog post

This piece in The New Republic on the coverage of Charlie Sheen is almost a textbook example of structure: the anecdote at the beginning, the move to background/context, and then moving into analysis filled with specific examples, inclusion of counterargument (this is nothing new) and conclusion.  The reporting/research done is extensive but probably did not involve going beyond Google.

 

This piece also blurs boundaries between blog post, essay and trend piece, and this sort of hybrid arts writing is very common now and, I would hazard, will become ever more commmon.

 

Some of the comments thus far (11:45 am on Wed) add to the discussion and debate, enriching the original post.

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