Good News From Italy?
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  • Luke Lea

    “Ultimately the internet takes power away from big corporate conglomerates and gives good writers and thinkers a chance to reach the public directly.” @WRM

    I wonder? Sources have become so fragmented one hardly knows where to look for reliable information and analysis. Meanwhile standards have fallen in the old stand-by publications: NYT, WSJ, Washington Post.

    Prime example: causes and cures of the current world financial crisis? At the moment I look to this guy for the most coherent analysis: here, here, and here.

    As for what’s really going on inside China, I have not the foggiest idea. Neither does anyone else. We’ve tied ourselves to a pig in a poke.

  • BillH

    Professor Mead, why don’t you spearhead creation of a well publicized, incorruptible credentialing body to grant a seal of approval to insightful, analytical blogs, so as to distinguish them from the mass of huffers, puffers, attention whores and BS artists that now infests the web? Then, as the Legacy Media disappear, we proletariat-types could get useful information and analysis without having to sift through so much garbage.

  • Kris

    “Sicilian and other politicians from Italy’s sunny south don’t vote for transparent public finance.”

    I am reminded of this map of how (Northern) Italians view the world: http://www.internet-magazin.ro/data/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/03.World-Italy.jpg

  • As a student of the media I must confess that I have no feel for this dubious sounding state of affairs in Italy. In the English speaking world I have long marveled at the left leaning behavior of the state supported BBC and its Australian counterpart the ABC as well as the US NPR and Public Television. regardless of who is in power. In the 80s when I was teaching Media Studies I compared evening news sample from these outlets recorded the same news cycle and to my surprise found the BBC the most non objective. Classy, entertaining, but shamelessly biased. I like the Aussie ABC because on election night they openly cheer for the labor party in the tally room but interview the other party’s candidates with good humor and fairness. In my observation these Anglospheric state sponsored media outlets are more creatures of academia than of government. I find myself recalling Charlie Rose’s clear distress with a man he clearly liked – Michael Creighton – that he could possibly question Global Warming orthodoxy. I can’t say that I encountered even one open conservative in my academic career. In fact I wonder where Murdoch finds people to staff Fox News. I suspect that they are not real people at all but genetically engineered clones produced from vats by Halliburton. 😉

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