Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Boredom Ban

That’s Entertainment

“Rule One in covering the presidential campaign has been to not allow information—even important information—to trump the entertainment factor, especially not in economics reporting. Time to do away with Rule One, and stop fearing boredom.” 
—Henry Banta, attorney, columnist and Nieman fellow, 
Nieman Watchdog, July 9, 2012 


• Editorial Comment: Have you been watching the quadrennial party circuses? Lots of noise signifying . . . what?

• Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from the syllabus of Utah State’s Media Smarts class, on our mass media diet? Click here.

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1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of Robin McNeil's description of the PBS newshour as "gloriously boring."

    It's true that you can't preach to an empty church, but when the church becomes a circus it substitutes a secular for a sacred mission.