It’s Broke. Let’s fix it.
Posted by lpearle on 13 December 2006
Peter R. Kann writes about ten trends in the mass media that ought to bother us:
- The blurring of the lines between journalism and entertainment
- The blurring of lines between news and opinion
- The blending of news and advertising, sponsorships or other commercial relationships
- The problems and pitfalls inherent in pack journalism
- The issue of conflict and context
- The exaggerated tendency toward pessimism
- The growing media fascination with the bizarre, the perverse and the pathological–John Mark Karr journalism
- Social orthodoxy, or political correctness
- The media’s short attention span
- The matter of power
We often hear that today’s students do not read newspapers, do not watch “real” news – is it any wonder? How can we have an informed citizenry when the above problems exist and are getting worse? I have a difficult enough time trying to teach my students about bias on websites and in the media – let’s fix this. Our country deserves better. So do future generations.