…much of what we call “news” is really entertainment, and entertainment of the worst sort. Beck, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Olbermann, Ed Schultz. It’s not right or left. It’s both. It’s shouting, and name-calling, and demonization, and it’s all fun and games until someone gets shot.
As for the Internet, let’s just be honest: Much of what we now call “news” online isn’t even entertainment, it’s garbage.
There. I said it.
It’s garbage precisely because online news sites are not primarily created to report news. They’re created to make money. Problem is, it’s nearly impossible to make money doing what they do. So they resort to ever more desperate tricks.
or put another way
“needing some air, he went into the garden.
‘ah, look at the afternoon light,’ he said,
for shadows were forming dark zones
in the pasture recesses,
as they do in his masterpiece,
he went over to a small shed
in the corner of the garden,
the back wall of which was made of
finely carved wood shingles
arranged in a design.
‘you see,’ he said, ‘the trouble they took
for something that could not even be seen.
that is what has been lost. it was lost
when workers began selling their time.
or as you say in america,
when time became money.’ ”