The state of journalism in the soundbite age

“… they highlight slam dunks and fancy passes,” says White House comms guy Dan Pfeiffer in March 15 Time mag. “The current media culture doesn’t reward getting things done in government. It rewards saying the most outlandish things.”
Ouch! What an indictment, but sadly so true, I reckon.
Time mag’s writer describes the news cycle as having mutated into “a more ferocious beast” which, in a case of mixed metaphors, he calls “the news cyclone, a massive force without beginning or end that churns constantly and seems impervious to management.”
That might be so; it might seem scary to old-timer journos and the entrenched establishment, but this scary beast is also a good ride: I read that Time mag on the loo this morning and am now blogging the good old-fashioned print journalism from my iPhone while I make coffee.
Long live journalism! Long live solid commentary that helps us make sense of wild times! I don’t want us to tame the beast. I merely want to be able to hop on for a ride at my whim.

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