Sunday, September 16, 2007

News vs. Entertainment

I woke up this morning to headline news about an airplane crash in some distant part of the world (I do not remember where).

The thing is, airplane crashes are not news.

Airplane crashes are entertainment.

The difference between news and entertainment is that news is useful. News tells you something that will affect your life (or, at least, the lives of a lot of people in the circulation area). News concerns things like legislation winding its way through the hill, important information about the nominated Attorney General, international tensions that might erupt into war, international negotiations, medical breakthroughs, technological innovations.

If we are not reading an article because of its usefulness, then we must be reading it because of its entertainment value.

Of course, the reason that entertainment replaces news is because readers are buying entertainment, but they do not buy news. The appearance of headlines such as this is symptomatic of the fact that people will turn away from the media that offers news and pick up entertainment in its place.

"News" does not exist because it doesn't have a market.

I think that one of the reasons that Karl Rove was so successful engineering so much evil in the world is because the evil he engineered counted as "News", and as such it simply does not matter to the public as much "entertainment".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spanish authorities
accuse 14-year-old of terrorism:

!!Documentary Campaign!!!

Spanish authorities have prosecuted a child for terrorism! Incredible but true!

14-year-old Èric Bertran e-mailed companies requesting labeling in
Catalan language, using the "Phoenix" monicker from the Harry Potter
books. The Spanish police accused him of organizing an Al Qaeda cell.
The authorities took him all the way to the Spanish High Court.

From August 27 to September 2, we're getting the word out, through
blogs, press releases, and other media. Here's the idea: We want this
film about the Èric Bertran case to be seen as many times as possible
from September 3rd to 9th, so that it ends up ranking in the "most
watched" circuit.

Through this coordinated effort, with the help of new communications
and information technologies, we hope to get some international
coverage of this case, and the true deficit of democracy in the
Spanish State, as well as the fact that the Catalan people are now
demanding their right to define themselves as a sovereign nation.

The documentary has been uploaded to YouTube in five parts. Here's the
link to the first part of the video, for the purposes of the mass
viewing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIiRFSCgGu4

Read more about the bogus terrorism charge at: www.victoralexandre.cat

Juvenile Èric Bertran was prosecuted for demanding labelling in Catalan language, a right given to him by the Spanish Constitution. This is a democratic state within modern Europe?

Watch the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3666585673568780060&hl=en

Or, see the film in 5 parts on YouTube, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIiRFSCgGu4

There's even a play! http://www.ericielfenix.cat/