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gwen [userpic]

So why am I finding this article on Tom Corbett demanding journalist's PCs and hard drives on CNET news.com, and not in my local paper? Like, I vote for this office (I didn't vote for him as some of you might remember), so why am I uninformed on his practices and the court cases which result?

In other news, I think oneirophrenia will appreciate the Radioactive escargot.

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Well, first off it is all a matter of public record so no one is actually hiding it. The thing is that you want to be informed - which is great. Local papers want to sell copies - which is also great. However, their desire to sell papers and your desire to be informed doesn't necessarily coincide. Also, it was in your local papers - the Trib carried it on the 12th.

The thing is that this is just another in a series of my rants (usually more ranty irl about this one) on what people think constitutes as "news". It turns out that I think that this is news, and is responsible for us to be informed about by our local media. It also turns out that other countries (most notably Canada) are more likely to carry stories of this sort of nature and consider it news, and not suffer readership over it.

So while what you're saying is strictly true, I think that's a result of a long process of sensationalizing news in our culture, and didn't have to be. And I am under the opinion that this can be undone, but only after we've become aware of how far into sensationalism we've fallen. What little I can do is occasionally draw attention to it.

And yes, I missed it in the Trib, and am sorry I did. OTOH, this really should have been in more than just the one place.

The problem is that, for the most part, people who want full and complete news coverage without the daily idiocy of infotainment are seemingly in the minority. Since newspapers *have* to provide the people what they seem to be clamouring for in order to stay in business then they have to make choices like this.

So the task is how do you change the people. The newspapers and the rest of the media (even fox) will change to follow if the people lead them there. Of course, I have no idea how to do that.

Well, the one thing I can and try to do is bring attention to it.

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You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him think.

This is how The End will begin.