“Intellectual activity is a danger to the building of character” – Goebbels

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/04/boston_bombing_breaking_news_don_t_watch_cable_shut_off_twitter_you_d_be.html

In light of recent events in Boston, I was hard pressed not to include at least on article regarding those tragic events. The above article is speaks to me personally, because the described plan of self-exclusion from news media and info during the first few hours following an intense crisis, is exactly what I did following the marathon bombing. I believe this article demonstrates the degradation of news values in our current 24/7 news cycle. It also speaks to an issue that Professor Gulati spoke on the other day, regarding the speed of which information is expected to be produced. And in that speed mistakes are often made. Of course this begs that question of whether that is the media’s problem or the audiences problem? A fair and balanced person would say a little of both.

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