We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reads like a variant of "the peasants are too stupid to know good news reporting when they read/see it."
In addition he seems to think the peasants are too stupid to choose which news pieces are important and which are not, and it is up to journalists like him to figure out a way to force feed us topics we are not interested in.
I didn't realize that 'heavy news seekers" were turning to MSNBC. I thought their ratings were microscopic? Has this ignorant peasant missed something?
He realizes, but rues the fact that the audience controls the market.
And I agree with you Barrister. I believe he is a typical example of a dead tree journalist.
Yeah, the connection between the neuroscience and models of journalistic practice seems pretty weak to me. Not to mention the fact that research like that should precisely reinforce WHY it is important to avoid overly capitalizing on emotional appeal and influence. That fact that our thinking is so easily swayed by emotionally charged content only reinforces the importance of attempts at objectivity and neutrality. There are some great pieces about the future of journalism and its connection to new technologies at http://www.ourblook.com/topic/future_of_journalism.html which I have found useful on these subject.