Sunday, March 16, 2014

Other Crises

We are currently on crisis overload. The mass media can't handle the number of simultaneous crises and they should change their operating procedures to fix that but they don't. Instead they just pick the biggest crisis or two and let the bottom crises just fall off the radar. So let's do a quick review of the full roster of countries that are burning:

Ukraine, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Brazil, Venezuela, at least, all have active mobs in the streets. Argentina has a currency crisis. North Korea is always in crisis. The South China Sea is in crisis with multiple participants and an unpredictable chance for sudden war among prickly, prideful locals of several countries. Russia's still dealing with violence in the Caucuses. Mexico still does not have control over all of its territory as narcotrafficantes challenge for supremacy in various ways.

What should be happening is a stress induced reform of how journalism is handled with crisp delivery of more dense information flows so the american people are well informed without having to drop what we're doing to stave off our own chance for a break in our system to watch the news 24/7. It's not happening.

News density seems not to have budged at all. This is a travesty. This is a failure of imagination and an industry that has given up on reinventing itself in a meaningful way by increasing its utility to the public.