Changing conventional thinking

September 20, 2008

The question of how the national politic conventions should be covered, or if they should be covered is not new. They have long been an extended well-controlled PR event with no significance. That the are treated as if they are a news worthy event lends to the hype but does not change the reality.

Jeff Jarvis says enough is enough. 8,000 journalists have been laid off this year and yet the money spent to provide coverage for both conventions is astounding.

This isn’t neccissarily a New Media vs Old Media controversy. Lots of bloggers joined in the frenzy. But it does point out a big problem in the present “world view” of news. Covering Politics is not the same as covering what is important. But it is easier.