roundabout argument for social media

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Today Yahoo has an item on jobs that pay $100 an hour. So is this the new privileged normal? My friend Merandy, who is a contractor, now despises Norah O’Donnell because she said on air not long ago that people need good jobs that pay $15 an hour. He has a good point. And Bernanke spoke of two societies on 60 Minutes a week back.

During its recent fundraising drive, WNYC, the public radio station in New York, had Alec Baldwin doing these cute bits about Nina Totenberg having to report sports or Susan Stamberg having to do the weather if they didn’t raise enough money. I don’t see the problem with this. Thoreau said of company, why are you bringing the stale cheese of your personality to me twice in the same week, or words to that effect, and I’m with him when it comes to media, we might all benefit, holistically, from a cultural revolution. I have noticed that, ahem, the people who cover the Supreme Court become enamored of the justices and lose contact with reality and report every jot and tittle of their reasoning breathlessly. I am not trying to stoke class resentment but the present arrangement is certainly unfair, and the media are on one side of the unfairness, and this is another argument for social media…

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  1. yourstruly
    December 14, 2010, 10:51 am

    No need to stoke the class struggle, just to acknowledge it, not deny its exists as MSM does, making as if it’s something that’s peculiar to “old Europe”, bogged down as OE is in looking out for the common good. Workers of the world, ready?

    • Citizen
      December 14, 2010, 4:35 pm

      May not need to–I heard Yahoo is passe, going broke fast…

  2. Anthony Schmitz
    December 14, 2010, 12:14 pm

    I’d love to see the product that would come out of a newsroom where reporters are paid radically different salaries. Some get health care coverage, some don’t. Some have pensions, some don’t. Some can be fired at whim, some are entitled to grievance procedures. You’d get a quick education in class hatred just by picking up the paper. As is you get a daily dose of the concerns of the middle class. Not bad, necessarily, but narrow.

  3. Les
    December 14, 2010, 2:53 pm

    If you can accept NPR as a reliable news/information source, you might also believe that Amazon promotes free speech.

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