A little rant
I really REALLY need to get better at regularly adding some content to this site! Not that it really matters, as there aren’t very many regular visitors anyway, but it’s a habit I need to get in to.
It’s been a while since my last rant, and today I have a rant of a slightly different kind to air.
I am getting heartily sick of the Media’s persistent and pervasive sensationalism of just about any news story. It doesn’t seem to matter what it is, they seem to latch on to a story, screen an endless succession of talking heads each with their own thoughts and opinions on the news item, they come up with some over-hyped nickname for the event, and promptly seem to forget that there is ANYTHING else going on elsewhere in the world for several days as they tell us the same thing over and over, seeking out any new trifles of information and communicating this to us as the latest scandalous episode in the epic saga.
Think of “The Credit Crunch”, the “Triple Dip Recession”, the Pretorius shooting, the list goes on!
When are they going to realise that all we need is the news? Sure, the fact that Blockbuster, Comet, Dreams, Jessops, 2e2, etc etc are the latest to go in to Administration is news, but all it needs is a 2-3 minute piece to camera perhaps with a short supporting video clip to tell us about it, we really don’t need the next 15-20 minutes of analysis, and “what does this mean”, particularly when it’s telling us what we already know!
I am firmly convinced that the Media is broadly at fault with prolonging the current economic climate. Since every day they tell us how bad things are, remind us of how we don’t have any money, and the economy is faltering, this reinforces any conservative behaviour we may have and we automatically cut back on our spending to economise, which in turn prolongs the downturn, and gives the media another days’ headlines telling us more of the same.
Printed media are as much at fault as TV and Radio news, although personally I am finding that Radio news is more useful and interesting these days, as about 5 minutes at the start of each hour is more than adequate to tell me what’s going on, and seems to be far more to the point and relevant, particularly to events that have happened since the last bulletin.
I suppose filling our TV screens with hour after hour of news saves the Media companies from having to plan and schedule more new and innovative programme content, (this is another of my frustrations, more on this another day!).
Rant over. For now.