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  •  Not lazy. Real danger within. (5+ / 0-)

    The thesis that human stupidity does more harm than true evil ever has, that laziness leads to a more rapid decline than conspiracy makes sense, but there is something else here.

    What this reveals is that the stations don't have writers.

    That means that station management has said, implicitly, "Oh, why bother paying important Money on unimportant writers, when the stuff is already written by Real Professionals?"  As for the hairspray victim newsreaders, they are not writing copy, because they did not study "journalism track" in school, but "radio/television" or "communication" (i.e. voice and posing).

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 03:06:39 AM PST

    •  "communications majors" or, the reason (3+ / 0-)
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      my degree is in Journalism. And I took a lot of crap from profs who wanted me to learn to write "internet style" where one sentence is a paragraph. (WTF?)

      •  Real Journalism vs. "getting printed" major (3+ / 0-)

        There was a fracture, it seems to me, in the rock of journalism training, where the "old fashioned, irrelevant" people held to journalism as a politically active and ideologically living pursuit, while the "new, exciting, revolutionary" people saw journalism as getting printed.

        The first group, after all, has to believe that there is a Truth. It also has to believe that the public deserves this truth. It must believe, in short, in a liberal philosophy of the world or even a (gasp!) Marxist one. The second group can find a million pretty reasons for suggesting indeterminacy, the impossibility of objectivity, the subjective's role in the narrative, etc.

        At the end, their skepticism has opened the door for a new form of study that is purely vocational, purely bound by rules that come not from consideration, but from monetary comfort. "Show both sides!" "Describe the gnarled knuckles of the cute old lady!" "Make sure it's entertaining!" All = "follow the path, quit early and often, and do not get a new thing."

        Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

        by The Geogre on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 05:56:21 AM PST

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        •  "to believe that there is a Truth" and the public (1+ / 0-)
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          deserves to have it brought to them by the watchdogs...

          Yup. That's how it's 'spozed ta be.

          My only answer to "indeterminacy" is make 'em all do a full course of jury duty. After that they'll have a much firmer grip on whether there is an actual truth out there, apart from whether or not the law and justice appear congruent with it. Then they will both understand and have something to write about.

      •  The reason for the one sentence paragraphs is (1+ / 0-)
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        because "fair use" is generally considered to be three paragraphs per regular sized article so they think that they can limit it to three sentences by making every sentence a separate paragraph.  

        There is no saving throw against stupid.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 07:44:50 AM PST

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