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November 12, 2005

We the Media, Intro, Ch 1-2

"Big media, in any event, treated the news as a lecture. We told you what the news was. You bought it, or you didn't. You might write us a letter, we might print it. (If we were television and you complained, we ignored you entirely unless arrived on a libel lawyer's letterhead.)" (XIII)

This reminded about WAY back in the beginning when we had to do that media analysis and we had to talk about what form of media we liked best. This quotation I think displays another reason (one which I didn't think of before) why TV media is not as good as written. You get no consumer feedback. This is one point for all the electronic media discussed in the book so far. They are unique in that they invite consumer feedback and interpretation. Which, if you ask me, may be the answer to some of the problems (though not all) that are addressed in "It Ain't Necessarily So"

Posted by LorinSchumacher at November 12, 2005 4:01 PM


Lorin, you make an excellent point. If social and scientific news were in blog format, the statistics would be more transparent. The resulting conversation would clear-up misconceptions and in the process correct errors. It would be a comprehensive review, a blog one, that included peers as well as the public.

Posted by: NancyGregg at November 16, 2005 2:02 PM

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