Are we over-reporting the news?
June 16, 2011 Leave a comment
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