Original post made on Feb 21, 2009
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on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:42 am
You've really hit the nail on the head. Larger newspapers for years have been slowly giving up their role as sources of reliable information on government activity as they attempt to compete with an ever-increasing infotainment culture. The reason local newspapers such as the PW are gaining ground is precisely due to this. Citizens still have a need for such information. Even more, citizens need to start arming themselves against spin by learning to recognize it and learning how to verify claims. Every time I see Obama on the TV speaking there's always a sign broadcasting visually the core message we're supposed to take away from the speech. Bush did it too. "Mission Accomplished"
on Feb 22, 2009 at 1:05 am
In my opinion, one of the reason the print news is suffering is simply that some/most people, for one reason or the other, had rather have the news "told/read to them" by their favorite TV reporters than take the time to read a newspaper...
Another reason is, again in my opinion, the "big" print news has become slanted politically in many cases. We may have red and blue states but I feel a majority of people are middle of the road on most issues and easily tire of reading the same old slant day after day. Not many "feel good human nature" stories anymore but I suppose they don't sell like "sensationalism" and "blood and guts". I suppose this could also be said of TV News but you can always change the channel at will, whereas, if you only subscribe to one newspaper you're stuck...
I personally enjoy sitting and reading our local paper. I may not always agree with the content but a cup of coffee, a sunny deck on a summer morning and don't disturb me...
I agree with Stacey - read the sign, go on about your day. You've understood the message. "Crisis" seem to be popular at this time...
My concern is what else may be going on while the sign holds our attention...
on Feb 22, 2009 at 10:18 am
"I agree with Stacey - read the sign, go on about your day. You've understood the message."
I appear to have not made my point well. The point was that citizens need to learn to recognize spin, or when they're being manipulated. The signs are a prime example of spin.