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Saturday, June 7th, 2008

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1:44p
Saturday afternoon picture poll
A weird event triggered this latest request. I'm slowly hacking my way through several smaller events to make a Summer 2007 picture gallery, which starts out with a few pictures from the Doug Friauf Memorial in April 2007.

As I had a picture open to someone who I didn't recognize... I got a telephone call from him. Doug's brother called about the DVD of various Super-8 films Doug took. This spurred me to finish the gallery (which might go all the way until the State Fair 2007, unless I laze out).

I'm not nearly done with Summer 2007, but I'll probably be finished sometime next week, and I'm thinking about the next project. I don't like to be a year behind. But you knew that. The next major photographic event will probably be Convergence. (Sorry, ran out of money before registering for 4th St.) Since many of my flist are in the shots, I might as well ask you. After the current photo gallery goes up, what should I work on next:

a) Another catch-all range of pictures, encompassing MN-StF meetings, various dinners and outings.

b) Minicon 2008

c) Applecon 2008

d) May Day 2008

e) I never look at your pictures and don't care one way or the other

f) I only want to see pictures of ME!

Okay... now back to the Harry Potter book release and MN-StF Picnic from July of last year...
6:11p
The Mainstream Media is no longer trusted
A conversation between minnehaha B and me in his LJ came to this comment, quoting me:
"Basically, no one trusts the mainstream media to be even remotely
unbiased."

I have not seen any data to support this assertion. Of course you and I
and everyone we know doesn't trust the mainstream media -- but we're not
the mainstream electorate. I would love to see a real analysis that
supports your conclusion, though.
I realize B is asking about perception, not the reality of a right-wing dominated news media. Here are a few quick links:

Report: trust in journalism has hit all-time low
3/17/05, article on report from Project in Excellence In Journalism.

Who Hates the Press? From Watergate to the present, confidence in the media has been spiraling down. Columbia Journalism Review Nov/Dec 2007.

Believe It: The Media's Credibility Headache Gets Worse NYTimes 5/22/05. "Another poll, in 2003 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, found that 66 percent of Americans see news reports as slanted, compared with 53 percent in 1985. Even more stunning to some analysts, 32 percent judged news organizations to be immoral, up from 13 percent in 1985."

Don't Trust the Media 4/12/08. 'The message from Jeff Cohen's lecture Tuesday at North Central Michigan College was clear — "You can't trust the big corporate media."' Cohen founded FAIR in 1986.

I couldn't immediately find a link to the recent study that showed that confidence in the media was the lowest of any institution asked about, including lawyers.

This is a concern of mine, and the lack of real journalism in the mainstream media is a major problem in this country. I'll probably make this a more formal essay at some time. Read a lot of Glenn Greenwald.

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