Don't you love those Drudge headlines!! I had to summarize some interesting reading. But first, good leadership makes hard decisions. Perhaps if our leaders dating back to Clinton's financial leaders had make tough decisions, perhaps we could have changed things but change is hard and there will always be people that don't do the right thing.
The Legitimate Story: The Future is Scary! Our president warns that the future could be catastrophic. Headlines blare his message: Pass it now or we may never recover. An email from President Barack Obama to supporters by name was sent individually to the 13 million supporters built by the Obama campaign and now controlled by the DNC. "I need your help to spread the word and build support..." the president's messaging said. Today his words: The situation we face could not be more serious. We have inherited an economic crisis as deep and as dire as any since the Great Depression. Economists from across the spectrum have warned that if we don't act immediately ...our nation will sink into a crisis that, at some point, we may be unable to reverse. It is the war of the words...Media Matters and the spin of Republican talking points in the media coverage of the stimulus message war demonstrates the war of the semiotic framing and I watched the media graphics of the political play of the fight in this crisis.
The Politics of Journalism:Why didn't these stories get covered way back? They were considered fringe. NYU Journalism Professor Jay Rosen, who has studied the national press since he received his PhD in 1986 has a must-read piece which has become his most-linked to post, ever. Audience Atomization Overcome: Why the Internet Weakens the Authority of the Press. He writes about the sphere of consensus -- a most interesting model of how news is covered by journalists and something I studied under the dean of my Media Studies graduate program at the New School, NYC, in her class on political communication. He explains why the internet is closer to real public opinion rather than the mainstream media and why the news media is a political institution.
Fringe or Taboo Stories: Austinite Bruce Sterling writes that 2009 is the Year of Panic (we are all deluded). Would this be out of the legitimate sphere? He writes:
"As 2009 opens, our financial institutions are deep in massive, irrational panic. That's bad, but it gets worse: Many other respected institutions have rational underpinnings at least as frail as derivatives or bundled real-estate loans. Like finance, these institutions are social constructions. They are games of confidence, underpinned by people's solemn willingness to believe, to conform, to contribute. So why not panic over them, too?" Sterling lists these seven areas: climate change, intellectual property, national currencies, insurance and building codes, the elderly, the Westphalian system and science.
Agreed-upon controversy is a legitimate story... the he said, she said, good guy, bad guy way of legitimately covering the news."