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Just Like That

Back in November I predicted that in 2009 the market would close out at 6,800.  I did not expect my prediction to come to pass the first week of March 2009.  I had that dire prediction penciled in for the end of the year.  I will stop predicting and instead begin burying bars of gold in the yard and stockpiling crackers and water as the end times are near.  I kid… I kid.  Look if the stocks have to fall let’s just get this over with and see what happens. 
Invisible hand of the market please don’t move the market back up to 7,200 for a couple of weeks only to drop it to 5,000 right before the 4th of July weekend.  It messes with people and we have been messed with enough.  Take it down as low as it needs to go and then begin the long slow climb up to something approaching the actual value for goods and services.  Is that too much to ask?

Judgemental Busy Bodies

The most recent stories about Michael Phelps (Olympic swimmer and photographed pot smoker) and Nadya Suleman (mother of six artificially-conceived children and recently a full set of octuplets) have me wondering if the news cycles from here on out are going to be consumed with ‘shame on you’ stories and moral exemplar tales (Sully the wonder pilot).  Some might say the press has always had this sort of focus but I am feeling generous.

The press is turning into that person you bump into at church that sees every problem or milestone that somebody in the community faces as a morality play.  This sort of tone enables busy bodies from one end of the country to the other to shake their heads in disgust at the decisions/behavior of others.  To what end?  If the stories must be covered, cover them once in a neutral tone and move on to more pressing matters.  We are blessed/cursed to live in a time with no shortage of news to be covered.  Stop focusing on stories that enable a portion of your readership (with little basis) to feel morally superior.  We are neither morally superior nor inferior to most of our neighbors, co-workers or fellow citizens, but a collection of human beings each trying to do their best, no more and no less.  Every story that reinforces that fundamental reality is true and real.  News stories that try to convince you otherwise are the mainstream media equivalent of ‘link bait’ and a disservice to the public as a whole.

I Wish All of My Post College Roomates Were This Low Impact

Homeless Woman Lived Unnoticed in Man’s Closet For Year – msnbc.com

“The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man’s house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.”

Quick Question About the New Media…Meet the New Boss Same As The Old???

Is it possible that the current fragmentation of media reverses itself in a few years?

For the record, I am all for the fragmentation of the media. One could argue that in the early days of radio & TV you had an initial fragmentation followed by re-aggregation. The fallout from that little cycle was decades of dominance by the big networks. Are Federated Media, the Podshow network and Revision3 harbingers of what is to come?

A 3 Car Garage Seems Less Impressive

The aerial photo in the linked article shows Travolta’s causal getaway place.  Movie money is remarkable.

With five private jets, Travolta still lectures on global warming

Fear Sells and We’re Buying

This post from Xeni Jardin over at Boing Boing captures the current fear based media culture in a nutshell. Why is a major American charitable organization (the American Red Cross) with a charter to provide aid and comfort running advertisements that do exactly the opposite? I wholeheartedly support preparedness but I suspect hope we are quickly approaching a tipping point where such scare tactics will not only draw the wrath of Boing Boing readers but of NASCAR fans. Not that the two (Boing Boing readers/NASCAR fans) are necessarily mutually exclusive, just somewhat uncommon.

P.S. I currently gather most of my news via the RSS powered Google Reader. This tool helps me to sample the main stream media gestalt from a safe distance and then quickly route around it to learn more about the things that I believe matter most.