How TV news has failed us.

Slashdot reader ravenspear writes.

I’ll sum it up in one name.

Paris Nicole Spears

Seriously, I really don’t give a f**k. If I did I would purchase tabloids. How about some substantive reporting on actual world events? Or if you still have time to fill, some factual information on the presidential candidates. Like, maybe some stories on what they actually believe and have a record of voting for, so the public will be more informed and can make better decisions. Not stories analyzing who is ahead by 3% in the latest poll in what states or who has the best chance of winning. That only breeds bandwagoning subject to the control of the media. This is of course exactly what they want though, which is why we will continue to see no stories with real factual content, and simply sound bites.

The internet is much better as a news vehicle because I can actually find stories with real content which complexly explore the issues. Apparently the news networks think that no one’s attention span is greater than 1 minute and 30 seconds, so they mandate that no stories should be covered in depth. Occasionally there are multi-hour specials on certain things, but apart from that, there is rarely regular substantive coverage of important goings on.

I feel exactly the same way about it. I don’t want to hear about how a celebrity has ruined their life yet again. I don’t care who got married for the fifth time. I don’t care who was drunk at a bar the night before. If the NEWS would stop making such a big deal about the stupidest things maybe they would have time to talk about some real issues.

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