rethinking tv news

An interesting article posted on buzzmachine.com, authored by Jeff Jarvis points out whats wrong with TV news today, and what is possible for the future of TV news. It’s not difficult to see that TV news needs work.

It wastes resources trying to fool us with stand-ups at sites where news occurred 12 hours before and where there is nothing left to witness or report. It repeats much, saying little. It adores fires that affect few. It goes overboard on weather. It gives us BREAKING NEWS that isn’t breaking at all but is long over, predictable, obvious, or trivial. It gullibly and dutifully flacks for PR events created just for TV. It presents complex issues with false and simplistic balance. It speaks in the voice of plastic people. It stages reality (no that guy in the b-roll isn’t really typing on his laptop). It has little sense of the utility of what it presents.”

Most the time, I cant handle a lot of newscasts because they are continuously beating a dead horse. A dead horse that most people didn’t know and was irrelevant to their lives.

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