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Hats off to Mick Gregory, but…and I do have a big but

Posted on June 13, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, entertainment, humor, journalism, liberal, life, media, politics, writing |

I’m really excited about what the internet has done for writers.  But here’s my beef.  So we get all this great information and all this online readership (none of which I have, I’m a newbie, forgive, we all get started somewhere, right?) but what about people like our parents who are used to getting news from one, two, maybe three sources that provide lots of info from many different people.  How do we appeal to this crowd?  Should we?  We all have these great blogs but there is no big forum.  What exactly is the new journalism?  Most people aren’t journalists, aren’t writers.  They want their news packaged and delivered on their doorstep.  This doesn’t make them bad people, this is most of America.  These are the folks that tune in for a few minutes and want to make a decision based on our research.  I think citizen journalism is the new order for writers and muckrakers but our we speaking to the choir?  What about the people that aren’t online, that have a voice but they’re still reading the local newspapers?  Is it our obligation as information detectives to deliver something to them in a complete package?

Is too much information going to be our problem as online writers?

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Do you let the media think for you?

Posted on June 13, 2007. Filed under: am radio, conservative, humor, liberal, life, media, politics, radio, writing |

I remember listening to left wing local radio in the nineties here in Portland and one of the big knee jerk liberal complaints back then (still is to a certain degree) is that the media is right wing and the official voice of Rupert Murdoch and like minded conservatives who had a stake in media.  But according to many conservative talking heads the media is owned by rich liberals.  Do I live in a parallel universe or what?  Has it always been this way?  Isn’t the media an entity of its own, a business, an animal interested in its own self-preservation?  Or is it simply the blame game?  If you don’t like what you hear it’s time to point fingers and say BAD NEWS  you must belong to the other team.   Personally, I’m a little tired of this finger pointing.  Of course media is biased.  There is no thing as true journalism.  Journalists are some of the most opinionated people in the universe.  Why else get involved in the arena?  Of course media is slanted.  That’s why we live in a free country where you can-like me-switch back and forth between 620 and talk am radio, read the newspaper, research online, talk to your friends and neighbors, and eegads, come to your own damn conclusion!  Anyone ever hear about thinking for yourself?  Are we that lazy that we have to let other people do the thinking for us?  What, you graduate from college, decide what side your on and that’s the end of listening to other opinions!

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