Monday, September 12, 2016
Episode 62: No News Is Bad News
Play Now!You've heard me touting the news that news is dead, or at least dying. Here's a question: What has that got to advertising? Maybe, everything. In this Episode 62: No News Is Bad News, I trot out evidence that things are much, much more dire than, well, the news is ready to admit, and that not doing anything might be the most disastrous move ever.On this episode, you'll hear me read from two books by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols; a bit came from Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America (Nation Books, 2013); most from The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again (Nation Books, 2010, where I also found the quotes from Finlay Peter Dunne, James Madison, and Thomas Paine). I also threw in a couple quoted snippets from Robert McChesney's book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning The Internet Against Democracy (The New Press, 2013).Podington Bear's album Pensive provided all the appropriately downbeat incidental music. From that album you heard, in order, "Down Day," "Little Black Cloud," and "Lonesome." Since I mentioned the On The Media BGs, I had to play a "Staying Alive" stinger a couple of times as well. Bruce Livesy and KMFDM opened the show, and Mistle Thrush closed with "It's All Like Today."