No News is Crap News

No News is Crap News

I don’t want to derail the Ping that raised the question, so I’ll put my comments here. Question: why on earth does anyone with any web savvy at all watch television news? It is arguably the worst medium for transmitting news. Okay, it doesn’t have to be, but currently it is. No depth; all bias and sensationalism. Television news is more about personality than it is about broadcasting facts. So here we are, the Geeks, and at our fingertips is arguably the best medium for transmitting news. You can go from sound bite to multi-faceted, in-depth reportage with a few clicks. You can get all sides of the story, thereby (it is hoped) eliminating significant bias. Very little reportage on the web is dependent upon the personality of the reporter.

So I just don’t get it. What’s the appeal, other than that delicious feeling of getting your life sucked out by a passive glass box?

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