We have collectively blundered into a P.T. Barnum media age when being first trumps being accurate. The economic rewards of the Internet flow to those who win the search-engine wars by being fast and furious rather than to those laggards who wait to be accurate and comprehensive. It is as if the motto of today’s journalism has become: “He who dies with the most clicks wins.”
I have two deadlines so I shouldn’t write this. And you do, too, so you shouldn’t be reading it. But life flies. Can’t miss stuff. Right?
Click. Lost you. Click. Back, huh?
Forget the humor. As Shirley Sherrod learned first-hand, today’s politics/media vortex sucks us in one minute and spit us into a different strange landscape minutes or hours later. Everyone is dizzy. But is anyone smarter?
Now Walter Shapiro (in a column passed on by friend and former True/Slanter Jeff Seglin) is offering a solution: Slow news. News that means something. News that concentrates on what’s important and verifiable rather than throwing stuff on a virtual wall to see what sticks — and gets clicks.
That’s it. Really do have two deadlines. But enjoy Walter’s piece (linked here and above).
And Walter, do send me the slow news petition to sign.