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Dan Rather on free media, new media, and bogus media

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Yet another pearl picked up at Huffington Post. America’s most respected living newsman deconstructs the reasons why crappy governments get a free pass from mainstream news coverage in a way that most supposedly qualified anarchogressives can’t.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

June 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm

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  1. Got a bit teary there… but the problems Rather described are just as relevant here, if indeed much much worse as regards the lack of media diversity. But we have NONE of the constitutional protections Americans so often choose not to exercise.
    Chris Masters wrote well about the problem of media used as marketing – Alan Jones presented as “journalist” when he is nothing of the sort: merely a mouthpiece for commercial interests with a sideline in Agony Aunt to the abandoned and bewildered. But the problem has become that Jones is perceived to be a journalist by audiences, that commercial television is seen to present quality news and commentary. When an understanding of what something SHOULD be has been lost, how do you fight for it’s return?

    Bernice

    June 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

  2. We’re actually a bit less crap, i think. Americans’ global outlooks aren’t as stunted as they generally are by accident. Jones et al. are what they are – right-wing ego-driven hate-mongering ignorance-fans in many cases – but the systematic saturation of brainwash here is still a bot lagging relative to what’s on offer on American tv.
    But that’s exactly the question, hey – we have a sense of what is lost or absent, so WTF?
    Feels like the only way back is either through some kind of print media apocalypse OR, more likely, I think that we really have to change our relationships to different sorts of media.
    With the new media, there are many more ways to be informed, just as there are even mor ways to be disinformed. So we have to be less passive and less trusting, more active and discerning. But that doesn’t really help people who are going through an education system with limited deconstruction of media, or in situations where critical reading isn’t encouraged.
    Sucks, huh? Still, the Anarchist’s Cookbook is only a few clicks away from everybody now.

    typingisnotactivism

    June 13, 2008 at 6:29 pm


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