The Science of Journalism

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Charles M. Blow - chblow@nytimes.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 10 Apr 2014 00:00 am CST

Subject: 2014007 - We Should Be in a Rage

Charles M. Blow posted a page with the above title:

Voter apathy is a civic abdication. There is no other way to describe it.

If more Americans - particularly young people and less-wealthy people - went to the polls, we would have a better functioning government that actually reflected the will of the citizenry.

But, that's not the way it works. Voting in general skews older and wealthier, and in midterm elections that skew is even more severe.

And I agree - 99.99% -- fantastic post!!!!!

One small and very important detail - he is a member of the gate-keeping class that is preventing the discourse necessary to promote citizen involvement.

I am referring to Journalism and their mission of problem-pointing as opposed to problem-solving. People need discussion to validate for themselves, the immense amount of data available -- and 140 character limit is not helpful.

It is just that simple -- your story can't be very important, if you can't find time to discuss it with your readers. If it ain't worth discussion, it ain't worth reading - end of story...

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

To be continued (I hope) 

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