The news media has a filtering process that only lets the bad stuff through. When they do break up the monotony with something lighthearted, it’s always something pointless and inconsequential, like that thing recently with the monkey that learned to fly a helicopter. But there actually is good news out there — on some of the big issues of the day, no less.
According to the May Nielson ratings, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beat the entire Fox News network in terms of total viewers. Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers, while the Fox News prime time and day time line up averaged 1.85 million viewers.
I think the press, including TV journalism, has an ethical responsibility, a
sacred responsibility, a service mission . . . to make good news just as
entertaining (as we’ve made sexy the violence).
— Marianne Williamson
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.
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