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So they weren’t crazy. They were first.

April 21, 2009

When I first started hearing about HR 875, it was through alternative agriculture sources, and Nigerian style email messages. I started giving the concerns over it more weight as it started showing up more frequently. Reason has a very good article that not only lists some of the hype and concerns over the bill, but how most all levels of the old media has said nothing about it. Despite their lack of attention, the legislator that wrote the bill was still being hounded with questions, all because of the hubbub ginned up out here in the intertubes.

To put it another way, the H.R. 875 debate is a lively representation of what “journalism” in a post-newspaper age can do for “democracy.” Which is something far more important and detailed than just one writer with a million other things on his plate making a few calls and making a decision for you. (Meta-ironies noted.)

Certainly, it’s more convenient for a reader to think he’s read one 900-word piece in a respected source and therefore understands some public policy topic. The debate over H.R. 875 may well be an example of the rising dominant model of political reporting: contentious fighting among often careless, agenda-driven forces producing all of the information that the truly interested would need to know what they need to know.

It may well effect the superegos of some Sunday New York Times readers to realize that what they really wanted from the news was little more than what they were supposed to know or think about certain topics in the circles they move in—that they really don’t give enough a fuck about abstruse areas of public policy that don’t directly effect their daily lives to go through the trouble to get to the bottom of things.

Entire article here.

One Comment
  1. Doctor J permalink

    I’d be interested in your take on “The World According to Monsanto.”

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