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Friday, August 19, 2005 8:40 AM
Thought for the Day: Friday
Anita Sharpe on Culture

'Most of what passes for news,' (author Laura) Perry submits, 'is bullshit'; so is the language employed by lawyers and insurance men; so is the use of rock songs in ads. She even stretches the rubric to apply to things as well as to words: 'The new product that will change your life is probably just more cheap, plastic bullshit.'
-- from The New Yorker, Aug. 22, 2005


4 comments

Johnnie - 8/22/2005 11:24:28 AM
Agreed on the BTK reporting. The same thing goes for that Alabama teen missing in Aruba. Yes, it's horrible and mysterious but the amount of time that is spent on CNN and other outlets on the case when there are so many other disappearances and murders of women in America is depressing..... But those cases often don't involve girls for from white, wealthy families. Also, since these cases happen in America, media can't spend hours blasting other contries (in case Aruba's) legal system.
Rennie - 8/20/2005 1:16:04 PM
Yes, I totally agree on the BTK 'news' extravaganza. It's so awful and depressing, and fruitless, to keep rehashing that nightmare.

I mean, shouldn't we be focused on other things that we can actually do something about in the news. For instance, I was recently in Phoenix on a business trip and several conversations revolved around cities with the best air. The guy from Hawaii said he misses it because he could breathe clean air. My cab driver said his doctor in LA recommended he moved to Phx. years ago so he could breathe better, but now Phoenix has its own smog cloud hovering over the valley. Here in Atlanta they have 'code red smog' alerts where people are advised to stay inside and hospital admissions always go up.

Isn't this something that should be much higher on the news agenda? Have we gotten to the point where we are just accepting filthy air and the health problems it causes?
Kevin - 8/19/2005 11:11:51 AM
Ironic, isn't it, that the issue of the magazine she writes in is 100% sponsored by Target, one of the nation's largest purveyors of plastic bullshit. (I must say the ads are very cool though.)
martin - 8/19/2005 10:26:24 AM
Too true. Jon Stewart pointed out on last night's Daily Show that CNN's 'Situation Room' show spent four hours discussing how bad the B.T.K. serial murderer was. With that as only one example and quick glance at the shrill barking of the talking heads who now occupy what is now called 'news', Perry's statement is dead-on.


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