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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #900 on: May 16, 2019, 10:24:25 AM »
‘Cultural schizophrenia’: Media shift to feelings over facts tearing US apart
Published time: 16 May, 201

 Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals, according to a RAND Corporation study. This is sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT.

The study, released by RAND earlier this week, cautiously argues that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event- and context-based reporting to coverage that is “more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals.”

While prime-time cable news shows and online journalism lead the way in this shift, it has been noticed in print journalism as well, the government-funded think tank concluded. This is contributing to what RAND termed “Truth Decay,” described as a shift away from facts and analysis in public discourse.

“Cable news networks – CNN, MSNBC, Fox – have given up on journalism,”
Hedges told RT, commenting on the RAND report. “They replaced it with reality-show news programs centered around [US President] Donald Trump and his tweets and the Russiagate. There has been a complete walking away from journalism.”

The award-winning international correspondent for several major newspapers who now hosts On Contact, a weekly interview show on RT America, Hedges argued that the deterioration of the American media landscape is “far worse” than the RAND report suggests.

“Commercial structure that created the old media is gone and it has eviscerated journalism within the country, because it is not sustainable. We saw it with the collapse of the classified advertising, which was 40 percent of the newspapers’ revenues. It is not sustainable economically anymore,”
Hedges said.

Meanwhile, the internet media has created a “free-for-all space, where people are ghettoized into [groups] with particular belief systems or conspiracy theories they happen to have embraced or support.”

It is difficult to tell apart facts and opinion now, and people believe whatever they want to believe, Hedges explained.

“We spent years watching CNN and MSNBC promoting this conspiracy theory that Trump was a Kremlin agent… It was all garbage but it attracted viewers.”

“It creates cultural schizophrenia,” Hedges said, [...] are happening in the US right now, as “right-wing media are demonizing Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama by comparing them to Hitler and the left-wing media label all Trump supporters as racists and deplorables.”

“It all creates societal fragmentation and discord,” Hedges told RT. "These schisms could lead to civil unrest – that is what happens here."

A good example? The BS stories pushed right here about Douma, the OPCW reports, & unprofessional Alt-Loonies like Bellingcat!

News in a Digital Age
Comparing the Presentation of News Information over Time and Across Media Platforms
by Jennifer Kavanagh, William Marcellino, Jonathan S. Blake, Shawn Smith, Steven Davenport, Mahlet G. Tebeka

Surely no one with an IQ above 80 is surprised by any of this?


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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #901 on: May 17, 2019, 03:35:16 AM »
'Calling Bullshit': The College Class On How Not To Be Duped By the News

Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World, designed and co-taught by the University of Washington professors Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom, begins with a premise so obvious we barely lend it the attention it deserves: “Our world is saturated with bullshit.” And so, every week for 12 weeks, the professors expose “one specific facet of bullshit”, doing so in the explicit spirit of resistance. “This is,” they explain, “our attempt to fight back.”

... These lectures were recorded using multiple cameras and edited to form a video series. We have divided up every lecture into a set of a shorter segments; each segment should more or less stand alone on its own merits. The full playlist of all course videos is available on the UW Information School's YouTube channel.

Complete lecture series

Lecture 1: An Introduction to Bullshit   
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late