the 4th estate
June 9, 2011, 6:08 pm
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We used to believe in the role of the press as guardian for the people and against the powerful – eons ago.  Is the idea of the press as the fourth estate still a good idea?  It seems quaint, for a world that has passed.  I haven’t looked at polls, but this new generation doesn’t seem to care about purposeful, structural institutions like the press.

A new day has dawned where all that’s a bore.  Now it’s all infotainment, for profit, full of scandal.  And people seem willing to believe that checking power and maintaining a semblance of justice don’t need a purpose built, guardian institution.  It’s the same as believing that bankers will govern themselves etc.

And maybe they’re right.  Anyway there’s the new media and Wikileaks and the Colbert Report all of which evolved during the last decade as a response to perceived abuses in our society.  And they’re not members of the establishment media in America.

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newsmap usa | newsmap france
March 23, 2010, 10:49 pm
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Newsmap USA and newsmap France from today.  One is mixed with very little overemphasis; the other heavily weighted to top stories.

Bill Moyers asked his guest this week, why all the anger in the American scene?  And his guest said, because of the American inability to hold a thought:  our memories are shot, we have nothing real to draw on, we merely look for the next thing, and the next.  The other way would be to develop a causal sense that an action makes a reaction and has meaning and consequences.  How would this make us less violent?  We would develop characters that don’t merely react, but that draw on reason and knowledge to make decisions about how to act.

American news is top story heavy, whereas French news is even.  It suggests they have a culture that is less scandal and reaction based, more measured, sane, perhaps even a bit boring.  The big story in American news makes money, gives a thrill, but on the down side, makes us junkies for new and big and scandalous.


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