"The problem with the news industry is that it feels compelled to report what's new."
This is the sort of loopy prose that I'd expect to see in the letters to the editor in a small town newspaper, but instead we're getting it from the "chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Humboldt State University."
This one kind of threw me for a loop. I agree with your message that newspapers and media in general swamp us with bad news. It's like a pack of dogs during dinner time, they go to where the easy meal is. The easy stuff tends to be the bad stuff. The dogs devour that stuff as gluttonously as the rest of us do. But you are so right. We are safe for the most part. Now that news is worldwide and updated by the minute, it's easy to get lost in it all, to lose your grip on reality if you follow it too closely. For that reason a good journalist should take his time and breath a situation in before he reports on it. And as for the rest of us, we should do the same. It's too easy to go with the pack. We should take the time to chew our daily dosage of news before we swallow it.
Marcy, I hear you, but if newspapers ran their main headline with "Nothing Bad Happened Today," no one would read them.
News--Who makes the decision what does the public want to hear and
what shall we bury?---selective news is not news..
I'm with you Marcy. So what should you and your colleagues in Journalism be doing to make our newspapers better?
This is a joke, right?
"I'd like to wake up every morning and see a big five-column headline in my paper: "Nothing Bad Happened Today." That's a paper I'd read."
No, you wouldn't. Too boring.
Thank you for an excellent article. It reminded me of what was, I think, Rollin Richmonds first year and the work up to invading Iraq had everyone astir. There was a site on the HSU web site that listed news sources on the subject. They were all of the ABC, NBC, NYT ilk. No mention of any so-called alternative sources such as Common Dreams, Democracy Now, etc. I email Rollin and submitted a list of sites with a request they be added on. He refused. I kept at it and finally requested an in person meeting with him. I was a returning student in my 50's, he clearly was expecting a young 'un. He had peppered his office w/ books meant to dazzle some sweet young thing and I was not only not dazzled but made it clear that I was familiar w/ them all and then started a discussion about my friend Noam Chomsky and tossed Howard Zinn in for the heck of it. My list got added to the site. I never thought much of Rollin after that.
People like John Anderson, who complain about "political correctness" are obviously the ones with the thin skin. They change their behavior for fear of being called on it, and then snivel loudly and often.
That, as you say "creeps me out". Honest Engine? Offensive to whom? Indians? American or Eastern? The fear of frivolous law suits as well as listening to the sniveling drivel emanating from the upturned noses of the PC set is more like the reason for Mr, Neely's decision. Sad, very sad.
A time honored local business being subjected to changing it's good, descriptive name, with no puns intended (it's spelled engine, not injun), with no malice directed toward anyone, all in the misguided interests of political correctness.
Why not force the name change of the Bayshore Mall to the Eyesore Mall while you are at this? That place is insulting enough, most people despise the place, as it has caused more harm to the area then good, yet no action has been taken or ever proposed! Sound preposterous? This whole thing, in my opinion is!
As the old bumper sticker, once prevalently seen stated,
"political correctness is neither".
To all the thin skins, get over it.
Stephen---what is Heartland--Google doesn't help..
Stephen--don't malign the student cooperative Assn at
Berkeley--like thousands it enabled me and mynot yet husband to put in work time and still have class time.
There were summerjobs--Kitchen jobs, and NYA National Youth Authority 50cents/hr-work in your field--My NYA jobs-
killing rabbits and prepairing them for dissection--then
classifying bones and typing a thesis----Bob workedhis way through Humboldt in the kitchen--tookhim eight years.
John Denby Doran changed bedpans at UC Hospital,
cut frozen bacon for Hormel on our Wedding Night,War jobCrane Operator Richmond Ship Yard--all as a student
What, Jean? Have you ever worked in a restaurant kitchen? I have. Quite a few times. I've worked as dishwasher, prep cook, cook, waiter, and I can tell you this kind of work is considered degrading work for everyone under chef level. Only chefs get respect. Everyone else are lackeys.
Oh, and yes, I worked in the coop dorm, everyone had too, as part for reduced rent but working and going to U.C. Berkeley full time was not really an option for most students, poor students without grants and I guess loans these days don't go. One of the reasons my first alternative community designs was an alternative college communal cooperative, the Communiversity, Free University centered cooperative community of communes concept I proposed in 1968 that led to the creation of Lime Saddle Commune in 1971 which produced Communities Magazine still going strong as the leading communitarian world information clearinghouse. I'm curious if Bob Doran would have been hired without college credentials by Judy.
I want the people who see my art to not be the of the same class that drove me out of the art world/gallery owner/Yuppie world of hypocrites on parade, like the typical Yuppie writer of this article exploiting as Yuppies do, the work of the more "unfortunate" who's lives are "interesting". Well, farook that! Not when you're living in an old converted school bus like proto-hippie kids in 1952 and most of your friends are darker skinned than you and their homes are wrecks compared to your mom and dad's homemade cabin. Not when there is zero chance of going to college when you're really smart but in a milieu no one recognizes it because Yuppies are ogling the poor of two decades earlier in such paintings as Rivera's.
I squeaked into U.C. Berkeley only on strength of test scores and my parents really couldn't afford supporting me there living as cheaply as I could--plus I had had it with teachers by then and so I dropped out, but I know there are oodles of smart poor kids who don't have a chance to develop their talents. My home was devoid of culture that I didn't know until I went to my yuppie friends homes which were filled with music, art, books, and the talk around the same level, this is why poor and working class don't move ahead--they don't have Culture in their homes, can't afford it. And thus the loss of smart poor kids to the community--probably going into crime like Sparky did, like so many kids of non-European descent have to do, no jobs for them.
I could draw realistic trees and birds at age 7 and was into surrealism by age 12 as I could do realism already and wanted more. How many other kids are there out there who's lives get blocked because their parents have no money for extras for them, often don't even see the talent because they themselves aren't intellectuals, no culture in their homes either. It creates a vicious cycle which is one of the reasons I have been propelled as an activist most of my activist life to counter in whatever way I can do so, egalitarian communitarian community building being my preferred path to overcoming class warfare and resulting social dysfunctioning.
choosing art , like/dislike art--isn't it in the eye of the
beholder? Kitchen work is neither degrading nor lucrative.
Kitchen work is Colorblind and esssential--useful in working the way thru college--SON and ME
It's really too bad Marci doesn't connect the dots between her work at NCJ politically attacking those who would help create industrial jobs where any worker can work up in salary and social position. Being part of the Progressive anti-worker, anti-poor Yuppie class herself she gives politically correct lip service while her political pals destroy all chances of class mobility through open job creation.
I don't know of a single industrial entrepreneur around here who has any problem hiring Latinos or anyone who wants to work as that is getting be a rarer thing in Humboldt County except for our new influx of Latinos wanting to work. For one example: I can't get this Prog agenda rag to do an article on our Heartlands Project work which would be creating jobs, many of them, good jobs too, in a new company building the disaster relief village restore kits that will be necessary in our Lifeline Inter-Tribal Lottery System whose Good Cause is Disaster Relief. Politics of Judy prevent the community or Latinos for example from hearing about our Heartlands work.
When politics are removed from reporting the news we might get some real affirmative action going on here but Marci in the wrong class to be real about blue collar workers until she stops supporting class warfare against them.
All these interpretations... so esoteric. I like the painter's..."meant as a tribute to the hard workers." It's real, it's a tribute, get over it people! The conditions may not be beautiful, but the picture is real. It is interesting. It makes us think! What d'yall want from your art - more thoughtless pretty daffodils?
I tuned-in and immediately tuned out after being hit with the same old barrage of mindless, seemingly endless advertising. How sad.
No need to dream Kathy, come join the Eureka Fair Wage Initiative in registering Eureka's neglected working families that need a raise out of public services.
The culture wars in this county are old and tiresome. "Good Old Boys" have had power long enough and it's long past time they pay their dues to the human race and embrace the diverse cultures by accommodating all of us, equally. Yes, I'm a dreamer.
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