The Big Think

December 19, 2005

Quoth

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:47 am

I’m getting more political that I prefer, but I agree strongly with this statement (it’s more a comment on the sorry state of the media than anything else):

There is just an insane amount of handwringing today, all driven by the deluge of round-the-clock media coverage. News organizations can’t get the cameras to the flames in Iraq fast enough and day after day the public reacts emotionally to the images put before them through the lens of a soda straw. How many times have we heard people come back from Iraq and talk about how different reality is from what they’ve seen on TV and read in the papers?

And how many times have we heard members of the press talk about their duty to inform and educate the citizenry about issues? In the matter of Iraq, that means news organizations have an obligation to their readers and viewers to put events in perspective and provide historical context. They have failed the public miserably in that obligation…

“Utter ignorance of history enables any war with any casualties to be depicted in the media as an unmitigated disaster.”
Iraq is tough, to be sure, but it’s far from a disaster. The only thing missing from the picture today is knowledge of history and context.

Isn’t providing “history and context” the media’s raison d’etre?

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