EDITOR’S BLOG – I found out last night I was in the top seven percent in audience voting in the NPR Talent Quest (among 1450 entries). I also learned that not one of the nine judges thought my entry should be one of the ten finalists… I’ll find out today if I was the top vote-getter in the people’s choice slot, if not, I’m out of the quest… Time to get on with other quests? Meanwhile, in print, I was quoted in a major Sunday paper over the weekend, criticizing the media…
(PM UPDATE: I did not receive the most votes. Therefore, onward and upward.)
The quotes come in the wake of an 8-minute live radio segment I did a few weeks ago for a station near Madison, Wisconsin during which the host and I talked about the media coverage (wall-to-wall) of Anna Nicole, Don Imus and the twisted VA tech shooter — and the incessant media frenzy to display the dirty laundry of celebrities as news coverage. The article this Sunday was a Newsday column that devoted 7 paragraphs to my point of view that public voyeurism is "normal" in the way it is normal for a 2-year-old to scream for candy because her mother has been giving it to her since she could chew. (It’s simply habit.)
Choosing news that helps make us smarter rather than dumber: If the editors aren’t going to do it, we’ll have to do it ourselves. Choose wisely. Your time is your most valuable asset.