Monday, January 01, 2007

Ten media trends that
ought to concern you

Peter Kann had his troubles as CEO at Dow Jones, but he's a smart guy and was a good reporter. You'd enjoy this opinion piece on what needs mending in the press.

From his intro:

Thomas Jefferson, a better president than we've had in a very long time, penned a line back in 1787: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without government, I would not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." By 1807, in his seventh year as president and after seven years of being subjected to severe press criticism, he wrote: "I deplore the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed, and the malignity, the vulgarity and the mendacious spirit of those who write them."
–Howard Weaver

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