From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I know I am lucky to live in New York, which still has one reputable newspaper (the NY Times), though I don't how long that will continue to be true. I have often wondered how people in many other areas find out what's going on. My household gets the Times daily, and I also access it on the Internet. We watch the BBC news on public TV; the network news broadcasts and almost all the other cable news channels are pathetic. Too much of what is called "news" is only entertainment and/or one-sided. That also goes for CNN nowadays. I feel that in terms of creating an informed citizenry, the Internet may be doing more harm than good. It is loaded with angry and ignorant bloggers blowing off their mouths, and even fairly reputable sites cannot or do not offer much of a guarantee of accuracy or balance Informing oneself on serious issues is very difficult for most Americans, supposing that they even want to be bothered. The political system is riddled with corruption, and I do not trust government to tell the truth. I do trust NPR and PBS (usually), but they are constant targets of government cost-cutting. This should not continue; they are worth all the support we can give them. I fear that we are turning into a nation of rabid lemmings, more of an oligarchy (shading into kleptocracy) than a democracy.