True, but Reductive

As most media criticism is.

“We feel strongly that traditional media have given up on young people, and have not made a commitment to tell stories that are interesting for people under 40 or 50 years old,” said Steinberg.

Oh, they’ve given up on telling stories that are interesting for everybody, so let’s not act like it’s just the kids today that are getting shafted. I’m poking 40 with a short stick and have no desire to read articles shaming Miley Cyrus for doing whatever it is she’s doing right now, wire travel stories, crime reporting that reads like somebody typed up the morgue sheet, or page after page of comments from the neighborhood cat lady who thinks we all need to return to Jesus.

Syndicated political columnists have no business being in a newspaper in this goddamn century, either. And if I’ve stopped throwing things every time a car accident gets reported as if it’s the Second Coming, it’s only because breaking the TV won’t actually solve the problem at hand. Shouldn’t Ron Burgundy have put paid to most of the cop jargon and ACTION NEWS NOW WITH SUPER DOPPLER WEATHER STORM WATCH TEAM 12 crap that takes up space?

They’ve given up on being interesting, period, and no, it’s not enough to cite in response a story or two that got done that was good. The thing most people are having a hard time wrapping their brains around is being extraordinary and interesting every goddamn minute. Not just for the Sunday edition, not just for a Very Special Report. You have to be good all the time because so many other people out there are good, and we have a limited amount of time on this planet. We aren’t going to spend it putting up with mediocrity.


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  1. Strange. I would have said that media has moved to a mixture of mock outrage (Nancy Grace / inflated statistics / A scrolling ***ALERT*** along the bottom of the screen when the story is of minor importance and even several days old / South Park nailed it when Beaver Falls flooded and the reporter is saying along the lines of: We don’t know how many people are effective. There are 10,000 inhabitants so we are reporting that deaths are in the millions). A LOT like the fable of the boy who cried wolf.
    and reporting on the entertainment industry (We are standing on a corner. We don’t know if Hannah Montanna is going to come by or if she is even on this continent, so we’ll stand here talking till she comes by).
    Maybe young people have gotten tired of the mediocrity. And it seems a reasonable and likely assumption that instead the media moguls are going to throw in some youth lingo and report on iPods?

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