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  •  mooremusings (10+ / 0-)

    I can answer some of that for you. Dkos is really the only place I look at for news and I really just ocassionally lurk.

    You have hit on a lot of it.

    The general feeling I think a lot of people have is that A. News is boring, or trivial because quite often all that is presented in trivial, sensationalized stories. People WANT to learn but when you watch the "news" you get shown crap.

    I have an odd example of this. I used to work at an optometry shop that had a DVD player and small TV in the waiting area. We had various movies and one of my coworkers would bring in copies of things like BBC Life, Planet Earth etc. When we played movies or TV shows I would say about 1/4 to 1/2 the people watched. Often when the educational shows were on, everyone including the kids would watch.

    Yes the younger generations are cynical and tired of being lied to. Can you blame them? They know CNN and all the other channels have an agenda. Tthey know that 99 percent of the politicians care little to nothing about them, they only care about money.  They see the older generation as corrupt, greedy, backstabbing and arch conservative who would choose to condemn their friends for being different. They do not really buy into representative democracy. Now with Obama there was a resurgence because he was younger, not white and has charisma to spare. My concern is those that continued to follow politics and watched a lot of the things he did may think that he was a liar too. Many of the things he promised he could or would not deliver on. I don't really want to get into all the minutiae of what he did or did not do, the important thing is what people PERCEIVE he did.

    I am 37 and I feel sad for kids who did not get to watch Peter Jennings or Tom Brokaw every night. They are not shown how to have differences of opinions without being rude or combative. They do not get to see stories presented from all viewpoints. Really to understand issues these days it is better to NOT watch the news and do your own research. News companies cannot be trusted and we know that so why bother.

    •  It's hard to even (4+ / 0-)

      call cable news news.  It's all commentary, horserace, and partisan politics.  You don't really learn the details of policy, bills, or current events.

    •  I read DKos, listen to WHYY(Philly NPR station)... (1+ / 0-)
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      Chi the morning & evening (Morning Edition & BBC World Service for my morning commute, All Things Considered and Newsworks Tonight for the evening commute), occasionally turn on CurrentTV to watch Keith, and even less occasionally turn on MSNBC to watch Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel Maddow.

      As much as I appreciate some of the local NPR programming, though, the BBC simply blows them out of the water.  Their presenters are invariably more inquisitive, more direct, and don't take any bullshit.

      Hopefully NPR's recent policy change will bring them closer to that!

      Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything. -Harry S. Truman / -8.00, -6.77

      by Shadowmage36 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 12:21:01 PM PST

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