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  •  Do go on! (0+ / 0-)

    Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

    by Debby on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 08:19:30 AM PDT

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    •  Well, consider local tv "news" (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks to ABC's efforts in the 1970s and early 80s to encourage its affiliates to adopt future owner Capaital Cities Broadcastings' "Action News" format, crime news would slowly displace government news as a primary concern of television news. This had a couple of effects. The most obvious is that people became stupider about politics, but in addition the emphasis on crime created a feeling among viewers that crime was a greater problem that it really was. The fears over home invasions in the early 60s is a good example of this. Home invasions, which is to say highly confrontational robberies supplanting the more stealth dominant burglaries as a form of residential theft, were actually problems in a small number of television markets. But news programmers found that hoem invasions provided viscerally entertaining stories for the newscasts. A suggestion was implicit that stories on a local newscast were local, even when they weren't. As a result, people began to be more and more scared of young men and young non-whites. The public policy things that caused are easy to predict. I'd say that without "Action News," for instance, Treyvon Martin would be alive today.

      But that's me being crass. From a purely broadcasting POV, the marketplace has not served the news and information needs of TV viewers well.

      That's one example of what I refer to above.

      Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

      by textus on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 08:32:05 AM PDT

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