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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Hope springs

As corporate media becomes less reliable by the day, the web has allowed lone voices of dissent to surface and be read worldwide. Take this stunning recent editorial by the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide:

"Rather than gutting news budgets, great newspapers should be providing wider ranging coverage and explanation of events that are reshaping the world. Instead, they are leaving the public largely in the dark about Iraq, the consequences of climate change and U.S. industry being shipped overseas. They are failing to examine a military-industrial complex seeking to dictate social policy. They are reluctant to probe the nation's reliance on military power rather than diplomacy or the creation of an American society with more wildly separated haves and have-nots."

It's like music to the ears of cynics everywhere, myself included.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

These are really more opinions than facts, and look very agenda-driven, and like the sort of thing that are being hammered all over the left side of the web.

If local print/legacy media really wants to survive and thrive, they should do what no one else can, which is cover their localities well and truly in-depth, and leave world affairs to other outlets, including the Web...I've always found it amazing just how little local SYdney news you get in the Herald, for example, yet that's where a city-based paper should be throwing its resources and excelling.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 1:38:00 pm  
Blogger smiths said...

ant, talking of news i thought the colombia journalism review site you linked to recently was brilliant, months of reading to do,

Thursday, December 15, 2005 5:13:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Indeed. CJR is a great institution and often, though not always, provides strong analysis and insights. Worth a sub, if you can afford it.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 5:19:00 pm  

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