News, in case you haven’t noticed, is undergoing a radical redefinition these days.
For more than 30 years the dominant television news format was called “Eyewitness News.” An actor would “stand up” in front of a camera near some recent event and try to give you the impression that he was an eyewitness to that event. Nobody except television executives ever bought this dramatization but the format persisted anyway. That is why you saw reporters standing outside the cemetery at Steve Tausan’s funeral last Saturday. Old ways die hard.
Eyewitness news is now being replaced by a new and improved kind of news called the “dialogical format.” Headline News and CNN are both switching to it. Fox News is into the dialogical format in a big way. The dialogical format saves money that can be better spent on political contributions and executive compensation. There is less expensive remoting of reporters. More stories are reported from inside a newsroom. The footage that accompanies the story often comes from some guy’s cell phone. The idea of dialogical news is no longer news. The idea is to put up any old crap (content) and invite people to talk about it on the network website. And, this approach isn’t just for television news. It is quickly leaking into print.
Raise your hand when you see what is coming. ATF agents are particularly going to like this one.
People will argue over anything. People are invited to go to websites and “Tell us what you think.” News is now actually an advertisement for the station, network or newspaper website. Sometimes viewers and readers are invited to report the news themselves. Networks call them “I-reporters” or something like that. The goal is always the same in the new and improved journalism. Get people to habitually go to your website, spend some time and click on links, ads and other stories and create what is usually called “user generated content.”
We here at the world famous and highly prestigious niche site The Aging Rebel don’t want our faithful readers to feel left out. So, we are going to try that here, at least this once.
Look, the truth is, there isn’t much news today anyway. About a day ago Paul Elias of The Associated Press reported that the Hells Angels were having a rough month. Wasn’t that insightful? This is a slow week so far. And, last week a commenter asked very politely if maybe sometime we might just put up a little forum where anybody could create any thread they want. You know, like a virtual saloon.
You asked for it! Tells us what you think!
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There is no news here, just like TV! There is only our dozens and dozens of I-reporters! And, we want you all to get drunk before you comment…er…report. Use any alias you want. We are following the TV model here so we would prefer you make as little sense as possible but if you have to stoop to reason go ahead.
Tell us what you think!
Will Doc Cavazos ever show up on the Federal Prisoner Locator? Is the ATF history? Will jay Dobyns ever shut up. He was quoted in that AP story, by the way. Anybody got access to Dobyn’s tax returns? Is this the greatest season of SAMCRO ever? What about Katey Sagal? Would you hit that? How come Rebel hardly ever writes about the Bandidos? Or, as we call them in dialogical news land, the Banditos. Gypsy Jokers? Outlaws? How come Rebel don’t write about the Pagans no more? The Highwaymen? Did the Galloping Goose get old? Will Rebel ever publish Out Bad? Which motorcycle club is next? How come the ATF is hiding in biker cases?
Are the NIGHT WOLVESSSS IN DA HOUSEEEEE!!!!!!!????? You guys like that video of that Russian dude with the minigun? That was for you, you know. What do you really think of Vladimir Putin?
London Angels. Tell everybody a story about hanging out with the Rolling Stones in the 60s. Back before Altamont.
Give it up for the HAY to the TEE to the FUCK YOU WE’RE THE ATF!!!! Tell us what you think T-Dogg! Are the Angels a bunch of pussys or what? Koz? I know you are out there. Come on Koz. Smile. Hollywood? Painter? You out of rehab yet, man? Torres? This is your chance guys!
Let’s be frank, okay? The American postmodernist John Barth once said there are things worth doing and things worth remarking. This might be one of those things worth mentioning but not actually worth doing.
Let’s find out together! There is no news here! Tell us what you think!