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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Need for CSI Without Dead Bodies (& Similar Websites)

We live in times of disconnect.  With three wars raging that the US is still involved in, a widening gap between rich and poor, and many unsolved problems still raging.  So far I have avoided writing about the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election because there is nothing of substance to people's lives discussed yet.  The media intelligentsia is hyperfocused on things like whether Sarah Palin will run or not (she might as well with candidates like Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain in the race) and right now Weinergate. 

Fox News loves to crow about how they rout their competition in the cable news ratings.  While this is true because it tells their conservative viewers what they want to hear and they are distributed more widely Comedy Central's The Daily Show gets better ratings than any of their shows except The O'Reilly Factor.  The Daily Show and it's spinoff The Colbert Report get a lot of mileage out of skewering the cable and network news industry (not just Fox News) for not dealing with relevant issues to people's lives as in this clip on the treatment of Palin's (possible Presidential candidate and Fox News employee) butchering of the history of Paul Revere's famous ride.


While these shows provide necessary catharsis (relief) from the disconnect from reality they do not go far enough to remedy the disconnect.  They do not go beyond that chatter on those networks.  In my blogposts and the ones on my blogroll attempts are made to go past this chatter and ask deeper questions.  In my field of statistics I try to show that at least some of these deeper questions can have some light shed upon.

**Update**


Journalist legend Bill Moyers appeared on the non profit radio/tv program Democracy Now to discuss the state of public/private journalism, it's relationship to power, and his role in that symbiosis from the Johnson administration in the 60's onward.



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