Written on: 22/08/2005 by kolin2003 (11 reviews written)
Truly worldwide news coverage
Editing style allows complex points to be explained in simple language
Takes a refreshingly different view to most major news events
Mostly news and not adverts, like so many of its competitors
Unashamedely socially liberal and economically capitalist (fine if you agree, but probably really annoying if you don't)
Truthfully the Economist must be the only "business" magazine that a sane person who isn't a director of a FTSE 100 company can read. It is actually slightly unfair to call it a "business" magazine. About 30% of the weekly content is business news and economics issues, about 60% is world affairs, and about 10% is dedicated to its superb science and technology section.
The Economist has mastered the skill of breaking very difficult issues down into comprehensible articles (or sometimes, just admitting that it can't, usually in the science section). Whilst showing a preference for UK issues, it gives truly global coverage (does any other news magazine devote remotely as much time to central Africa or the Caribbean?). And best of all it is written in an engaging and readable style. And second best of all, it mostly consists of articles, rather than adverts. Like all magazines, one can agree or disagree with much of what they say (another refreshing habit they have is admitting when they were wrong about something), but I find it to have a very refreshing perspective on world events, and far cry from the predictable knee jerk reactions that one gets from other press publications to world events.