Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: great new invention
Is it the filter that gets the attention or the trageting?
Foxnews regularly buries the competing cable news channels in ratings and continues to grow at a greater rate. What does that mean?
I think it means that an awful loarge number of people do not care for the traditional news slant and are looking for a slant that agrres with their world-view. There is great danger in this news fragmentation aqs well as great promise.
First, the danger is that people whill shop for news perspective that reinforces their beliefs. This tends to increasingly fragment society. Intellectual balkanization, if you will.
Second, the promise is that we are no longer bound by one view of the world. People with curiosity and an open mind will find a far richer source of information from which they might draw conclusions. It releases news from the network stranglehold. Combine that with the blogoshpere and you have a massive, uncontrolled democratization of news.
This is one of the manin reasons that I'm, studying Arabic. When somebody says, "This is what Al Jazeera is reporting...", how do you know if you cannot read Al Jazeera in its native tongue. Yes, they have an English translation. But how do you know? (the other reason I'm studying Arabic is for the arts--poetry and music. It is such a lovely, sound, spoken Arabic. And it lends itself to great subtility because of its use of metaphor, far richer than my native language.)