Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Daily Screed

Modern Discourse

“We no longer have news. We have springboards for commentary. We have cues for Tweets.

“Something happens, and before the facts are even settled, the morals are deduced and the lessons drawn. The story is absorbed into agendas. Everyone has a preferred take on it, a particular use for it. And as one person after another posits its real significance, the discussion travels so far from what set it in motion that the truth — the knowable, verifiable truth — is left in the dust.

“The economy of contemporary journalism encourages this. It favors riffing over reportage, and it’s lousy with opinions, including the one expressed here.” 

—Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist, “Full Screed ahead,” The New York Times, May 31, 2014

Editorial Comment: I stopped reading after 140 characters.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

Country Roads

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