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?
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.
“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.”
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?
With five private jets, Travolta still lectures on global warming
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.