March 11, 2004

Three Easy Pieces

Let's talk indecency for a moment. Let me offer you three pieces on it:

A Newspaper Professional in a Newspaper

A Newspaper Professional's blog

Just Some Guy

I agree with the last two. I think the first one is dreadful, and yet he's the only guy getting paid to write it. Think about that for a moment.

Consider this as well: the professional in a newspaper has presented us with a bunch of blather, a fact free zone adrift on a sea of paranoia and opinion: the professional in his blog has provided a few facts but much better writing; and just some guy has done his homework and provided a well reasoned piece of persuasive writing. Eric Mink has a week between columns and the resources of a newspaper at his disposal to ferret out the facts, and that's what he chooses to publish. What is wrong with this picture?

I think the professionals in the media today assume we are going to believe them because they are professionals in the media today. No facts, no reason, just take my word for it. How very insulting. And they wonder why readership and viewership continues to decline for the "serious" news media.

Posted by Kevin Murphy at March 11, 2004 12:26 PM | Media Criticism
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