Gallup sounds the death knell for the news media. Disruption coming!

Summary: The latest Gallup poll about the public's trust in the media has bad news about this key industry -- and for America, which relies on this to make the Republic run. It's another industry ripe for disruption. We can only guess if for the better or worse. Watch an industry die: the long decline … Continue reading Gallup sounds the death knell for the news media. Disruption coming!

Journalists suffer from the crisis crisis, warping America’s vision

fearful woman

Summary: The news is all about fear. Each day journalists flood the media with exaggerated stories of imminent doom without useful context. This slant to the news warps our perception of the world, with ill effects on America's public policy. It's the crisis crisis, as described by Peter Moore in a prescient article from Playboy … Continue reading Journalists suffer from the crisis crisis, warping America’s vision

The long slow crash of journalism. How will it affect us?

Summary: The news business will radically change during the next generation, and few seem to see the core problems of overcapacity (both too many companies and too many journalists) and the coming wave of automation. This post takes a brief look at both. "Reading the morning newspaper is the realist's morning prayer. One orients one's … Continue reading The long slow crash of journalism. How will it affect us?

Politifact tells us about American politics and science. We should listen.

Only the truth is revolutionary

Summary: This vignette illustrates important aspects of the climate change debate, and why it has failed to gain sufficient support from Americans to pass large-scale public policy measures. For two decades journalists and scientists have cooperated to produce political propaganda, exaggerating and misrepresenting the work of the IPCC. Their failure should inspire us, showing a … Continue reading Politifact tells us about American politics and science. We should listen.

Six headlines from 2009 telling us important news about 2015’s climate

Summary: This is the first in a new regular feature on the FM website showing the best of the propaganda headlines that fill our news. Today we have six headlines telling an important story about us and climate change. Post your thoughts about these in the comments. Get your favorite headlines posted (past or present, … Continue reading Six headlines from 2009 telling us important news about 2015’s climate