Musings of a Canadian Slacker

Saturday, March 05, 2005
Kate over at Small Dead Animals has a note on Laurie Garrett's piece about how corporate ownership has corrupted journalism and journalists.

The problem fundamentally is the paradigm that commercial television introduced into journalism in the 1950s and 1960s: the idea that journalism, news, could be made to pay on a commercial basis. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with that..except that the way news was gathered and presented began to be shaped by television's need for spectacle, drama and sensation. As time has gone by, television has taken this to its logical extension..that only those events that have those elements get reported. And the trend has spread to other media: newspapers and the Internet in particular. Where do we go from here? The blogosphere vs. MSM paradigm gives us a partial answer, I think..that motivated and intelligent bloggers act as a sort of corrective to corporate media. Is that the only answer?