reply to post by Bassago
I certainly don't disagree with you, and "journalism" is certainly in decline, replaced by entertainment. I see this happening before my very eyes. I
don't watch 24/7 news channels any more, only local news (which I generally respect), and World News (ABC). In the latter, I have noticed they DO
often times cover important events, if only summarily (how much can they fit into 30 minutes?). Other times, I see a story and I think, "WTH is this
even on the news?? WTH is this on WORLD NEWS tonight? I know there are more important things happening." And I see this on twitter ALL the time. "Why
is this even new, or important?" Of course, the template for tv news IS to cover chicken dinner topic, that's a standard.
One could argue, however, that they are simply giving people what they want to watch. True, (one of the) the media's job is (supposed to be) to keep
the populace INFORMED so that they can make the decisions necessary for the betterment of their country and their democracy. The question is, though,
is it a purposeful dumbing down, or are they just becoming entertainment, trying to keep viewers, make money with advertisements (which requires large
viewership)? An Informed Citizenry is ESSENTIAL for a healthy democracy..
It seems, however, that the media are now becoming a new BUSINESS MODEL, not a service. Therein lies the problem, I think, ESPECIALLY where 24/7 news
is concerned. They HAVE to constantly talk about SOMETHING (see the next big tragedy and how it's nonstop BS "analysis," "speculation," an every
possible crappy angle or opinion they can find, just to keep people viewing). When there is no tragedy, however, they just go on about whatever BS
they can find, and since most people are plugging in to trash programming and pop culture gossip, that is the content they use.
The old question remains, do they give people what the people want, or do they tell/condition people into what's important through their own
programming decisions? I think it's both, and that they continually feed off each other. Tell people X, Y, Z, or BS, and you realize the people like
to hear more BS, they dedicate more programing to that, in which case they are becoming negligent at their jobs. :/
It's a sad cycle, and i think the 24/7 Media are to blame, which is why I like journalism like like Moyers and Stephanopoulos.
ETA: We do know that stories get buried if they don't fit in with the paradigm of the organization as defined by those at the top and the media
owners, the extent which we don't necessarily know.
edit on 18-1-2014 by Liquesence because: (no reason given)