Infotainment Shrinks the News

Page, Clarence
December 2004
Nieman Reports;Winter2004, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p57
This article discusses matters related to infotainment in the modern journalism era. In this era of punditry and attitude, there will be a hunger for accurate and reliable reporting as long as there is something newsworthy happening. There is also a need for the analytical and investigative role that holds the powerful accountable and keeps the rascals on notice. But what is troubling is that the prognosis is less bright for the sort of punditry that tries to explain the complexities of the world. While some of us pundits still pride ourselves on being unpredictable, the marketplace increasingly seeks the predictable. Quite often the result is pseudo-intellectual cheerleading, a battle of heat-seeking interests masquerading as serious discourse. One tunes into such programs to have one's beliefs, notions and prejudices reinforced. If thorough consideration of an opposing view is the beginning of intellectual growth, much of today's infotainment seams futile.


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