Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Too Much Information


At first glance, the piece below, linked in Salon this morning, might seem like the usual curmudgeonly howling of somebody who's recently graduated to the "Hey You Kids, Get Off My Lawn" stage of life. In reality, though, it's anything but -- and its assessments are pretty much right on the money.

The column also gets bonus points for taking a shot at that silly new Dylan Ratigan rant-and-rave-fest on MSNBC, Morning Meeting (which Cesca amusingly calls Why Don't You Go Ahead and Come in On Saturday, because it too describes a miserable workplace chore that no one enjoys).

The Keyboard Show (via Salon): New Syndrome: Attention Deficit (News) Disorder/7.21.09

7 comments:

Stephen said...

As if the graphics, the yelling, and the 10-boxes weren't enough of a contribution to ADND, some of us are now being "strongly encouraged" to cut cameras at a seizure-inducing pace. Unwatchable.

Jennifer said...

The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Period. There is still adult news out there. God help us once Lehrer is gone!

Anonymous said...

It is "Breaking News" that the Fed is able to raise interest rates?

That's breaking news like saying that sometimes men wake up with erections or that Kellogg's raisin bran has more raisins than Post or that Paris Hilton didn't wear underwear today.

drater said...

I'm the same age as the writer of that piece, so I'd just like to say "Get the hell off my lawn!"

I earned a degree in broadcast journalism, and the one thing I learned is that you can't cover very much in 90-seconds. Anyone who thinks he's informed by watching the news is kidding himself, he's just learned the latest talking points and buzz words.

If you want to see real journalism, pick up a copy of Mother Jones. Even if you don't care for the lefty slant, they do real investigative pieces--and real research--covering government and corporate malfeasance. Not much about Sanford's mistress or Michael Jackson though.

B8ovin said...

I understand the main thrust of the story: news is gimmicky and over-produced. I don't understand the obligatory "what about the kids?" angle. If you have a kid who has ANY interest in current events strong enough to influence him to walk away from his or her video games, computer or cell phone, I might see the connection. Further, I'm not a fan of correlation being vastly inflated to causation, and this leap to ADHD seems gratuitous.

Anonymous said...

In other news, Jon Stewart is America's most trusted newscaster...

http://www.timepolls.com/hppolls/archive/poll_results_417.html

Izar Talon said...

Yeah, the "claim" that the news causes ADHD is very spurious, but I took it as just a joke. I don't think the writer was seriously suggesting that the news causes ADHD. Kids don't watch news anyway, and ADHD is caused by chemical imbalances and other things, which most definitely isn't caused by watching media over-saturated news. It was just a way to insert a current hyped up subject into the article to attract attention and make a pun with ADND. Which, ironically, just plays right into what the article is decrying, the overabundance of hype and buzzwords in the news.

I hope it was intentional.