Dissociated press

I spend $20 a month on newspapers. Or rather, I spend $20 a month on papers: the presence of news is not guaranteed. And this is why:

Journalists don’t report the world you know. They don’t think the world you know is newsworthy. They report a skewed, wacked-out, perverse world that they used to think readers and viewers would recognize as consisting of the weird and crazy. The abnormal. These days, if you really pay attention to what they say, how they describe the world when they’re not merely reciting what happened (do they even still do that?), you can tell they don’t even think it’s weird or crazy anymore. They think reality begins and ends with what they report.

What bothers me most is that too many of the people who still pay attention to them agree, even if they wish it weren’t so. And they let that skewed, wacked-out, perverse vision of the world inform their expectations for the future.

I can live with the inmates running the asylum, maybe. But when those inmates start claiming that they’ve always run the asylum, they’re either dissembling or delusional, and today, it’s damned hard to tell them apart.

4 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    21 June 2019 · 3:37 pm

    Just yesterday I was bemoaning the fact that none of my colleagues apparently takes an actual PAPER paper any more – I need standard newspaper-sized sheets of newsprint for pressing the plants I am collecting this summer for voucher specimens. Though that’s about all I’d use the local paper for these days. (I don’t have a pet bird)

  2. CGHill »

    21 June 2019 · 6:17 pm

    Over the past couple of decades, broadsheets have gotten noticeably narrower.

  3. The Other McCain »

    22 June 2019 · 3:18 am

    In The Mailbox: 06.21.19

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  4. nightfly »

    25 June 2019 · 2:36 pm

    I can live with the inmates running the asylum, maybe. But when those inmates start claiming that they’ve always run the asylum, they’re either dissembling or delusional, and today, it’s damned hard to tell them apart.

    They’ve gone beyond running the asylum. They are insisting that there is no asylum at all – nor any sanctuary from what they declare normal.

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