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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.


One Response to “It’s Broke. Let’s fix it.”

  1. Aravis said

    This cuts right to the heart of my distrust of the media. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Bravo!

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