an article in Wired on Al Jazeera's wonderful work through the revolution and the open access it is providing to other news sources, and a post from Timothy Burke tearing American journalism to pieces. (I realize that the place of Al Jazeera as conveyed in these pieces is somewhat dated by now)
One thing that struck me reading Burke's piece was that the cable news so often dismissed as simply ideology and punditry is really a product of the wider vapidity of the American news media. It has filled up the vacuum created by a lack of critical and opinionated journalism, and in this sense the bread & butter of Jon Stewart's ridicule is actually on to something. The problem is that there's also an accompanying vacuum present in American public discourse more generally. We've spent too much time listening to pointless and scripted to know what meaningful and inspired would look like. We are also so guarded about being moderated and balanced in public discourse (cf. public radio, which I appreciate but can also be pretty flat) that the more critical dialogues have been relegated to private spheres where they only interact with their own kind.
Consequentialism's obvious flaw
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