News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century

News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century

Pete Hamill

"When screaming headlines grow to be according to tales that do not help them, the story of the boy who cried wolf will get new existence. whilst the newspaper is full of silly gains approximately celebrities on the price of demanding information, the reader feels patronized. within the method, the serious courting of reader to newspaper is slowly undermined."
--from information IS A VERB

Journalism on the finish of the 20th Century

"With the standard honorable exceptions, newspapers have become dumber. they're more and more full of sensation, rumor, press-agent flackery, and bloated minutiae on the cost of vital evidence. The Lewinsky affair was once only a magnified model of what has been occurring for a while. Newspapers emphasize drama and clash on the fee of study. They hide celebrities as though journalists have been a number of waifs with their noses pressed enviously to the home windows of the wealthy and well-known. they're parochial, sq., enslaved to the traditional pieties. The worst have gotten brainless revealed junk nutrition. All around the state, in huge towns and small, even the higher newspapers are predictable and dull. I as soon as heard a film director say of a undeniable screenwriter: 'He aspired to mediocrity, and he succeeded.' Many newspapers are succeeding within the similar way."                        

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