Gets Open-Source Overhaul

Left-leaning magazine The Nation — which professes to “wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation” — has redesigned its website.

One unconventional innovation that suits The Nation‘s political bent: A Community section publishes thoughtful reader comments and hosts a poll. But more important, the section will soon boast “a feature that empowers community members to initiate their own action campaigns through” Nothing complements reading The Nation online like some agitation IRL.

The site has also gone open-source with a content management platform called “Drupal”: The Nation explains the far-reaching implications:

“Open source” software code is published and made freely available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute it without paying or earning royalties or fees. It’s like a song that a musician can sample or remix for free. This creates a community of global web programmers who can share and improve the platform. The idea is rooted in community: One person creates, another person improves, and the knowledge is widely shared. If he understood open source, Glenn Beck might well denounce it as a socialist practice.

The remaining updates are more conventional. The new site introduces verticals — “Politics,” “World,” “Books & Arts,” etc. — to categorize stories and make them easier to find. The site also features tighter integration with Twitter, enhanced multimedia offerings and an improved mobile user experience.

Along with the new look come two new blogs. Greg Mitchell, who joined The Nation from Editor & Publisher in mid-March, will by typing away over at Media Fix. Blackwater author Jeremy Scahill, meanwhile, will cover the military and national security at a blog named “Jeremy Scahill.”