Wednesday, July 05, 2006
The Decline of the Word "News"
I'm finding it harder and harder to find actual "news" anymore. Both online and on TV, too many rules are being bent and too many opinions are being injected. Recently Katie Couric toured the country asking people "what they're interested in seeing in their news." Uh, NEWS maybe? I guess that's just me though.
The most recent affront to "news" is Yahoo's inclusion of their new "Ask" feature in their 4 Headlines of the Day they use in the News section of my Yahoo home page (where I get my email). Stephen Hawking asks "How will humanity survive?"
Normally, I find Hawking newsworthy. But 800 replies from what boils down to an internet forum is most certainly NOT.
Sidebar: If Stephen Hawking has to ask how humanity will survive the next hundred years, can we stop saying he's the smartest man on Earth?