“For those who arent “following” Twitter or enabled their Facebook newsfeeds and subsequently didnt hear about bin Ladens death until Monday morning — is it time to get connected in real-time? Since the birth of social media, there has been continued debate within the communications industry, weighing the pros and cons of both traditional and social media. There seems to be a constantly tipping scale of importance for both resources — whether it is the real-time and viral sensation of social media or the credibility and reliable resources of traditional media.” — more —
As one who remembers John Cameron Swayze, the early CBS News and daily seeing Time, The New Yorker and the NY Times piling up at home, my views of understanding current events have been challenged. Time has gotten thinner and Newsweek is gone. The old National Observer which I cherished is long gone. I have always counted more on experienced analysis than superficial, ersatz opinion. I follow David Brooks and Mark Shields still for sane criticism after the immediate hoopla starts to subside.
Of late, however, I have been more drawn into developing story coverage — until I realize how much time one can spend watching news develop. This is the entertainment value of news. Developing stories also sell more Cialis. After awhile I grow bored by updates from investigations and court workings. I decide to read a book or watch a movie instead — hoping for an announcement of some finality. Alas, when it comes never really seems conclusive in the land of “Yes, but What If?” Everything is suspect it seems. No Pope escapes public skepticism. All priests are “suspect.” We know too much and too little. Sometimes I long for my earlier naivete when we trusted Walter Cronkite, rightly or wrongly.
Steadfast and cautious,
The Tortoise Factor