Are we over-reporting the news?

By "we", I mean all of "we": the media, bloggers, individuals who write to the media and bloggers; anyone who tells (or re-tells) a tale.

I find myself in a quiet room today, where I can hear the news channel on the telly. The repetition got me to thinking:

  • It seems we’re second-guessing everything that anyone or anything (the stock market, for example) is doing.
  • It seems we’re fan-, celebrity- and politician-obsesses to the point that we’re reporting on the very act of following these people.
  • News stories are now the opinions coming from the common person-on-the-street.
  • Is the information being reported even news?

Should the new job of media include the condensation and aggregation all this information into something that can actually be consumed? Is media up to the task?

Is "reporting" enough? Should we plead for more analysis .. or should we plead for silence?

Seems like everyone is trying too hard.

Original Post: December 3, 2008

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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