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Turning citizens into angry activists

THE POST-JOURNALISM ERA

In 2016, staff at The New York Times embarked on “a wrenching pivot from a journalism of fact to a ‘post-journalism’ of opinion.”

“The experiment proved controversial. It sparked a melodrama over standards, featuring a conflict between radical young reporters and befuddled middle-aged editors. The requirements of a newspaper as an institution collided with the call for an explicit struggle against injustice.”

“The goal of post-journalism, according to media scholar Andrey Mir, is to ‘produce angry citizens.’”

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Catastrophic consequences

“A HATRED THAT WILL HAVE
NO END AND KNOW NO BORDERS”

One hundred and fifty years ago, on January 18, 1871, the German Empire was proclaimed in Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, which the troops of the German states had just captured in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.”

“The choice of January 18 for the proclamation that marked Germany’s birth as a unified nation was not accidental: it was the anniversary of the coronation in 1701 of the first king of Prussia.”

Tsar Alexander II of Russia warned Wilhelm, the Prussian king, that if the Germans forced France to concede long-held territory it would instill “a hatred between peoples that will have no end and know no borders” with “catastrophic consequences for all of Europe.”

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94.8°?

The past few days I have had medical appointments and twice my temp was 94.8°. Two separate days. One of the nurses was concerned so checked my temp again after I had been indoors for awhile. It was still low, 96.2°. I wonder if this has anything to do with me dieting. I have lost about ten pounds.

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So what’s your religion?

GEMS OF WISDOM FROM
THE WRITERS OF NBC’S 30 ROCK

“So what’s your religion, Liz Lemon?”

“I pretty much do whatever Oprah tells me.”

Nailed it. Commentary on the shallowness of American culture. Both funny and, sadly, so true. There are many who worship at the feet of Oprah and other celebrities.

For example, who actually watches The View? I thought that when this show first came on the air it would fail miserably. Who would watch such crap?

Boy, was I wrong. There are plenty of bored housewives and lonely single feminists willing to join the nonsense.

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A promise to all Americans

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all… would be guaranteed the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.