Monday, January 27, 2014

The 10 Most E-mailed Stories

Examine the list of the 10 Most E-Mailed Stories on the home page of the New York Times Web site for   Friday, Jan 31. When you consider them as a whole, do any consistent themes or preoccupations (on the part of journalists or readers or both) emerge? What does the list suggest is the primary function of the press in America today (informing, entertaining, rumor-mongering, counseling, editorializing, marketing, etc.)? Why do you think this function predominates (ideological reasons, economic reasons, cultural reasons, political reasons)? How does that make you feel (optimistic, dizzy, despairing) about the direction of the press and the society it serves? Your response is due -- remember, no late or inadequate responses are given credit -- by Sunday, midnight.

 For further provocation, click on links below:

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Free Marketplace of Ideas? Objectivity? Truth?

Read the article linked below. Respond to the following points:

1) What seems to be function of the "press," given the incidents described in the article?

2) Do you believe a press that would function this way serves the public interest? Why or why not?

Your response is due no later than midnight Sunday, Jan. 26.

Pandora's Box