Trump continues to freak media, refocusing question about media

At least to judge from recent headlines at Mashable:

Donald Trump hits all-time low in the polls that really matter

juxtaposed with

Where’s Jon Stewart when we need him to take on Trump? America’s favorite fake newsman left our screens just as Trump’s rise was beginning. His absence may have made a difference.

Reality check: Taken together, these two stories suggest that Jon Stewart’s absence isn’t a big problem after all. Aw, eat yer morning mash and shut up.


As Donald Trump targets women, Republicans say he could cost the party everything

Look how badly that worked out for the Clintons…

Reality check: But no one did look at that, did they? They didn’t think they needed to ask.

Whatever happens with Trump, we’re learning what the breakup of a post-mass media world looks like.

First, it’s not the technology, it’s the attitude. Media, operating now principally as an interest group, don’t notice that they are gatekeepers principally in their own minds. They don’t realize that it could matter whether they are connecting or making any sense.

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  • John
  • I left the mainstream, mass media in disgust many years ago, literally. Bunch of liars and manipulators – they have no respect for people.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I spent a career “managing” media for many clients. My grandfather was right. He was a retired Kingston Whig-Standard journo and knew the W-S in its award-winning glory days. Despite this, Granddad always told us to never believe a word we read in the papers. “Half-truths at best, but usually just outright lies,” was his summation of the Canadian MSM.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    It is the technology.
    We don’t have to listen to them anymore.

    • dance … dance, you are right, we do not have to listen. I mean however that the difference is not between two different technologie but the failure to grasp what has changed. Just being digital will not necessarily save the New York Times.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That I can talk to you wherever you are is one of the most important things that has happened in my lifetime.
        I started delivering newspapers when I was a kid in the fifth grade.
        I idolized those people.
        Yeah, I’m a geek.
        It was horrifying to me years later to find out they had clay feet.

        • Justin St.Denis

          You waited until fifth grade to deliver papers? Sheesh, what a lazy boy you must have been! I was pounding the pavements daily at the age of eight doing my “route”. I REALLY, REALLY absolutely had to have a 10-speed racing bike so badly, and I was a snob in that the bike I wanted cost a small fortune. I got that damned bike – it took me two years – and I never delivered another paper again.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            My ex-dad bought me a four speed bike when I turned seven.
            People don’t understand the ex-dad thing even when I explain it to them.
            My parents split up when I was six and he fucked off to BC,
            I can count the hours that I have seen him since.
            And that was forty and more years ago.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I didn’t know they even made four-speed bikes! As for dads, mine died of a massive coronary on my 15th birthday. I’d give my eye teeth to have had 10 minutes of his company since then, let alone 10 hours. 🙁