Nightly News

I watch less news these days. It has something to do with misery overload.

Being told, in dying colour, night after night, about the insurmountable climb, the great gulf, between we plebeian and our fabled Utopia–deadens the soul.

And of course if you’ve watched any amount of blue-screen news, you’ve already bought Utopia. And you already know that the distance could be covered if only "those bastards over there" would accelerate and implement that targeted legislation.

NBC_Nightly_News_Broadcast TV news is safely-distant while giving the illusion of being unmediated. It is both passive and aggressive, and so conforms nicely to our culture. It seals us from engagement while providing us with an appropriately packaged emotional response. It is both hook…and sinker.

Print, on the other hand, requires engagement. It can jar, but done well, will require you to bring your own response to the argument. Done right, you’ll have to work out your misery, which can be a kind of healthy coping exercise. Done right, print can, without ignoring our foibles and failures, instigate personal and collective action.

Print is suffering. Newspapers, news magazines, will only survive if they stop trying to be print versions of the nightly news.

1 Comment

  1. sad to see so many newspapers going out of business

    the less we engage the written word
    the more prone we will be to being led

    I would find it hard to imagine a trip to the coffee shop without the globe or the post

    in fact i probably woudn’t go anymore

    but then again that might be good for my waistline

    ‘mind over muffins’

    what exactly do i value most?

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