Sorry, I got carried away with the amazing features that Google´s tool bar have created for Blogger and MSN with its LiveWriter ( great tools for bloggers that like to research and include Creative Commons content - like me - and a headache for the purists that think that it is not proper... well, the issue will probably bring debate... and if newspapers have used for ages uncredited press releases, I don't think the blogosphere, with all of the hacks and plug ins for content being developed by giants like Microsoft and Google will be much of an issue ) and came across and posted this magnificent comment by a Spaniard Blog without translating... I'm sort of a busy girl, you know...
I found the post highly relevant due to the discussions we have had this week in this blog. So here a rough translation:
Newsdesk Blog: All of this would be funny, if it wasn't tragic.
" If the ignorance and the frivolity by the majority of USA media consumers would be just a sane taste for leisure, all of this would be funny. Unfortunately, the endless public debate over the lives of Ana Nicole Smith and Britney Spears, is a signal of what worried Lapham: what kind of political criteria a society might have, that culturally, only live by that stupidity? None. Which is the consequence of trivial society? The answer, of course, has a name: George W. Bush and his government are the direct product of the 2000 election in which the US electoral force preferred a smiley ignorant cowboy ( "just one of the guys") instead of a man as Al Gore ."
Lewis Lapham mustbe reading Gibbon again at this moment.
- León Krauze"
Ironically that is what we have being yapping all week long about the "agenda behind this blog"(Media Literacy... ) and just read the right column of the blog with its news feeds to prove the misleading of the news industry:
- CNN: Smith daughter gets remains
- BBC: UN talks to review Iran defiance
- Al Jazeera: Russia questions Iran sanctions
And then you have The Planet in Peril. When you have blockbusters documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth, and a very educated "conservationist" and "environmental" audience, the bar is pretty high. And the Planet in Peril was a fiasco. Image wise, Anderson Cooper was presented almost as a clown. There was nothing of real grip in the stories. How about the black market for exotic birds? But it was all about the petting zoo. I hope that at least they will compile the best footage for a SIU series, which again is just a recycling of stories, like this weekend Chasing Angelina... how old is that show?
I think CNN needs a 2.0 shake up, just like NBC....