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Enter the shark tank, or when academic cultures collide

An American university’s leadership team had an inspired idea: organizing a faculty retreat along the lines of the Shark Tank tv show.  Things did not go well. What can we learn about this, beyond appreciating the comic aspects, of which … Continue reading

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An anecdote about health care, uneven technology use, and Vermont

I was in a central Vermont hospital waiting room yesterday.  Around the large room ten people were quietly sitting. Then an older woman was wheeled in from surgery of some kind, looking good, if tired. She stared at the room, then loudly … Continue reading

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The shock of the old: how Americans actually got election news in 2016

Much discussion about the 2016 American presidential election touched on the role of digital technologies.  Social media and web-based fake news are popular (if partial) explanations of Trump’s victory.  Yet if a new Pew study is right, those sources only … Continue reading

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It's time to blow up the tv "town meeting" scam

I have plenty of reactions to last night’s presidential debate (quick list here), but wanted to expand on one in particular in this post. We have to stop doing tv town halls.  We have to stop it now. Because they … Continue reading

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American tv "news" networks look blearily at the mirror and swear to change, for real this time

Media coverage of the 2016 American presidential campaign has become so terrible that even tv “news” people are starting to question themselves.  They worry that the relentless pursuit of ratings has led them to abandon journalistic principle, and maybe even … Continue reading

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American TV news is making you much more afraid than you should be

I’ve been slamming American tv “news” for a while.  Today I’d like to focus on the way CNN, Fox, et al portray crime.  Because their coverage is worse than it was just a few years ago.  And while they’ve been doing … Continue reading

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The vileness of American tv news: a new datapoint

I’ve been criticizing American tv “news” for a while.  Sometimes I think I can avoid the topic… and then more examples just keep pouring in. Today’s story is a good one.  It’s about the rottenness of tv “news” in its approach about … Continue reading

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TV news as a hotline to memory

Yesterday my friend Steven Bragaw posed a terrific question by Twitter.  Thinking it through with other people triggered a lot of memories, then gave me more insight into the problem of American tv “news”. It was actually a question via … Continue reading

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American tv news stations confronting the terrifying possibility of committing journalism

The New York Times has a fine story about tv “news” that’s good for eliciting both tears and laughter.  It concerns the plight of American cable tv  outfits, who now face a dilemma.  They want to cover the presidential campaign, but … Continue reading

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More journalists now recognize with growing disgust what tv “news” has become

Horror at tv “news” seems to be building this month, which has some implications for information literacy.  Last week I mentioned reports of some people working in tv “journalism” coming forward (anonymously) to share a sense of self-loathing at what … Continue reading

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