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October 6, 2004

Kingsolver on Trusting TV News

I'm reading Barbara Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven right now and keep thinking about this message:

[Alice] hates television, and not just because her husband has left her for one; she hates it on principle. It's like the boy who cried wolf, spreading crazy ideas faster than you can find out what's really up. If people won't talk to each other, they shouldn't count on strangers in suits and makup to give them the straight dope.
Well said. There is hardly a news-cast out there that isn't working for better ratings by feeding the news in wild and flashy ways, trying to shock or scare audiences more than the next guy.

I got Culture of Fear for my birthday this year, haven't had time to read it just yet, but can only imagine how much dope there is on what's behind the scenes at media companies. Which reminds me, I still want to see Outfoxed.

Posted by mike at October 6, 2004 7:44 PM