Category Archives: newspaperss

The news media: Surveying the wreckage

The Pretense of Objectivity The ideology of news makes two moral claims:  that it is complete, and that it is objective.  News, in other words, provides consumers with just the right amount of information necessary to function as citizens, and … Continue reading

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The social function of the news

In his brilliant little book, Human as Media, Andrey Miroshnichenko provides the following explanation of the news business: The journalist’s profession is about picking up on the social demand for consolidated pictures of the world, clipping off the variety of … Continue reading

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The fall of the house of Graham

The Washington Post is my hometown newspaper.  I read it for many years as part of my daily routine, and until the paywall came down I continued to read the sports pages in search of tidbits about my beloved Washington … Continue reading

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The Economist and the news

The July 9 edition of The Economist carries a number of articles ruminating on the “future of news.”  The most perplexing feature of the series is that it nowhere explains what “news” means:  an omission I dwelled on sufficiently in … Continue reading

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What is news?

In its latest edition The Economist has published a series of reports on “the future of news.”  The substance of the report deserves separate treatment in this blog:  suffice to say, here, that it contains much that is interesting, much … Continue reading

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The New York Times hits a wall

I don’t want to add to the noise surrounding the New York Times’ decision to move most of its content behind a paywall, and charge as much as $455 yearly for access.  The paper tried before to wall off its … Continue reading

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