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  •  You Can See That Better Era Repeatedly In Rerun (1+ / 0-)
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    clips of broadcast media coverage that appear in programs about events from the 50's and 60's.

    One of the commercial educational channels, maybe History or Discovery, aired at least half an hour of a JFK press conference that I caught in the wee hours of a morning a year or few ago in a bout of insomnia. My recollection was that it ran most of an hour. It seemed to have been held in a large room such as an auditorium.

    Another program from this year that may pop up in reruns is almost entirely live footage from the day of the JFK assassination, with little present day narration or discussion. TV reporters and anchors from local and national broadcast are seen. I think that program runs 2 hours.

    There' simply no comparison in the quality of the talent or the reporting and analytic content from the 60's to today, something that's evident within a few seconds into this older content.

    Now, being a glass-half-broken kinda guy, I'm one who doubts that re-applying all the business regulations on all media of those days (and extending broadcast regs to cable if that were possible) would restore the higher though still quite imperfect caliber of journalistic press of those times.

    People learn, systems learn, capabilities evolve. I think the byte industry has learned so much about how to be extremely efficient that even under severe ownership restrictions and public service obligations, byte businesses today would be able to run very profitably avoiding a return to serious journalism for large mainstream markets.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 06:15:05 AM PDT

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