Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Look at New Audience Values to Rethink Future of Local News

"Local news has become commoditized by the incessant coverage and
promotion of cheap, easy-to-find crime and mayhem. As a result, every newscast
across the country looks and sounds very similar. Is that really a winning
strategy for local news? In effect, local news has become a national network of
disconnected minor mayhem, and as a result has swapped its credibility with
local audiences over the long term for short-term gains in audience ratings for
a particular month -- but masking the long-term decline of audience share

John Lansing:

News has to get beyond stenography and recording to tell us thungs search engines don't. News must concentrate on "how" and "why."


Sunday, December 20, 2009

So do you still eat hot dogs?

When I was much younger, I had the misfortune of reading a document that specified how many rat hairs and other loathsome contaminents were allowed in a frankfurter. It was years before I was able to eat a hot dog again. the weird thing was that back then chicken wasn't allowed, but rat hair (and other leavings) below a certain amount were.

Watching Lieberman and Nelson during the course of these negotiations, brings back those memories and the disgust. Did they ban chicken while alowwing rat leavings?

Will reconciled with the House Bill will it turn our stomachs?

Will it save lives?

in reference to: Negotiating to 60 Votes, Compromise by Compromise - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Older Workers Face New Challenges in Tough Job Market | PBS NewsHour

looking for work may be a fulltime job, but the pay sucks.

con·cept: December 2009