Friday, July 04, 2008

Q Tips

You know, those comforting little swabs you use to clean out your ears. Anyway, I was tired of typing Open Thread over and over, so NPR related notes, comments, rants, quips, etc. are welcomed here - as always.


Porter Melmoth said...

This morning Diane Rehm had an excellent show, with guests dealing with the dumbing-down of the American public for purposes of control and to create good little unquestioning consumers.
WELL worth listening to - some of the frankest discussion on this matter I've heard. Better late than never, I thought, as I, and as it turns out, several callers-in, not to mention many here at this blog, have been considering these issues for years, but thought we were isolated and alone.
The only bit of irony I heard was that one of the featured guests said that all the media was commercial and ratings-obsessed, 'except NPR'! (One can see how easily NPR still coasts on its supposedly 'liberal' reputation.)

Sorry, don't have the guest names/links, etc., but just check the website out for the 4th - a significant day to offer up such a subject, I should think.

Happy fireworks, everybody.

Porter Melmoth said...

For your convenience:

('Distraction and Democracy', Rick Shenkman and Maggie Jackson)

Anonymous said...

thanks for that link to wamu.
I really TRIED to listen to Andrea Bernstein's interview with Maggie Jackson, author of "Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age". It sounds like an important book, and the questions asked were not bad, but the chirpy voice of the interviewer cancelled out all else.

Porter Melmoth said...

I know what you mean. In this day and age, style can wipe out substance in an instant. At least Diane R. let the authors talk in sentences slightly longer than mere soundbytes.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes - and in this day and age of chirpy newspeople, talk sure can be cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep.