I'm in my middle forties, Mainstream Media. I am an avid reader, who can absorb 800 words a minute. I'm the ideal target audience for you. I literally hunger for words to read. I push what I read into everyone else's face. I relentlessly champion the values of literacy and a broad base of reading, and when I find quality material I spread it far and wide.
I love knowledge. I love to share knowledge. I love to drink knowledge.
I don't pay attention to hardly a single thing you say, Mainstream Media. I do not read the front pages of newspapers, except to scoff at the dim-witted headlines.
I don't watch broadcast television at all. I used to watch it rarely, and then rarely became never. First because of my concern for the lack of quality programming, then because of the intrusiveness of the cable operator, and finally because I had better things to spend my money on than 1,000 channels of horseshit pumped into my house which made me dumber.
I hardly ever attend a movie.
Indeed, I rarely frequent the mall-size bookstores y'all have created (which are crashing down around your ears now). Why is this?
Because you're all full of shit, Mainstream Media. You don't do your jobs anymore. Your job in this economy is to provide information that is credible. And you, Mainstream Media, suck at it. Horribly.
This is not an artifact of the Information age. I didn't suddenly realize one day that television was turning into utter crap, and that newspapers were not even worth buying to line my birdcages with, and turn to the Internet.
No, I stopped watching broadcast television in the late 1980's. It was horrible, boring dreck. I had plenty of books to read, and ways to occupy my time. Having shitty stories spoon-fed to me as if I were an infant was insulting. And news anchors made me want to throw things. They are such goddamn stupid people.
I stopped getting the newspaper in the early 1990's. This was after I saw that paper, after paper, after paper were being bought up by nationwide conglomerates, and immediately their quality and veracity turned to utter shit. I remember being actually present and knowledgeable about a few events that got reported in the newspaper. I was astonished by how far off the newspaper coverage was. How it usually fit into some kind of OTHER (usually right-wing) narrative, rather than just telling the story.
For a few years I was fairly blissful, until the Internet provided me with news that came from other sources, and could be extracted for the importance and relevance, and I could discuss with other intelligent people what was really going on.
I won't pay, not a dime, not a bit, for access to mainstream media. I still SEE what they're doing, but I see it almost exclusively through aggregators who have filters and editors that I trust. But gradually, the citizen journalists are becoming the real ones, while the professional journalists are becoming . . . useless hacks.
I read earlier that the entire mainstream media narrative about the debate was formed by journalists breathlessly watching . . . Twitter, not the debate. This is how lazy the mainstream media have become. How cowardly. Nobody wants to be caught reporting the "out of tune" interpretation of the moment, so as soon as one lemming rushes for the cliff, they're off, all racing to be the first dumbfuck head-first down the crevasse.
I get better news from two comedians whose Youtube Videos I will occasionally watch. When the Mars Science Lab was touching down in August, I watched that feed live without any MSM interference whatsoever. I found the link on Daily Kos.
And not listening to nattering, stupid commentators go on about something they don't comprehend was the best part. I saw exactly what happened, and I got to experience it myself without it being greased up and slicked up and framed and soundtracked with dumb-fuck mainstream media memes and frames. And now when I want to see what is going on with the Mars missions, I go right to JPL's site. Why waste my time reading a half-assed illiterate and scientifically ignorant boob's bonehead interpretation, when NASA lets me see the raw data myself?
And my interaction on this mainstream-media-founded site is almost exclusively outside the mainstream sources. I can tell when an MSM story has been crapped into the seed on the Vine -- it stinks. It's got a groupthink-like feel to it, a lazy interpretation, often a completely uninformative slant, and it's something I already knew three days ago.
The media in this nation in particular is dying a horrible death. It's a death brought on by overstuffing itself with corporate lucre and a desperate need for advertising dollars, and a complete and total lack of editorial integrity.
Regardless of who wins the election in November, the MSM will have lost, yet again, a huge hit to their collective credibility as the ongoing putrefaction of America's media sets in, and the reek becomes palpable for all who must endure it.
I don't know what to tell you, MSM, to fix your problem. You were supposed to learn about ethics and rational best practices back in journalism school but instead it looks like you're taking your cues from Rupert Murdoch and PT Barnum. Maybe it will be best if, in the coming years, your audience simply dies off and takes you with it.
And in fact, that is what will happen. Kids do not pay the slightest attention to you. I have four of them all of an age when they would be, and they're not. They don't read newspapers. They don't watch TV. They don't have time for you.
It is not because of the Internet, Mainstream Media. This was happening before the Internet. This is YOU. This is a lack of ethics. This is letting loudmouths howl to set your narrative for you. This is letting your ad revenue dictate your content. This is the result of firing honest reporters and putting hacks and idiots to work generating content. This is the result of trying to MAKE the news, instead of REPORT it.