If you spend any time watching the news, you have probably noticed that many times the same talking heads are brought in for "expert" commentary. This was noted recently in an NPR blog post, and the author went to some lengths to determine why news reporters tend to quote the same people over and over again.


A recent opinion piece in the Guardian took "native advertising" to task, accusing it of literally being the devil tempting the souls of publishers. News sites are overwhelmingly turning to what we used to call "advertorials" to generate cash, most of the time to their detriment. Are they exchanging their trusted brand reputation for some quick cash? 


It is pounded into us again and again Ė be positive, look on the bright side, donít be a downer. While we agree that itís generally much better to keep a positive focus, doesnít a little negativity come in handy too? A recent article in Business Week discussed the "awesomeness" of negativity, noting that false optimism can actually hurt a business. Another post in the New Yorker discussed the powerlessness of positive thinking, arguing that unless you see the holes in a plan, how can you fill them?    


According to a recent post in Beta Beat, reporters and bloggers are stooping to new lows in their quest to get controversial news out ahead of the cycle. As publications and individuals fight for bragging rights and website visitors, the line between posting what might be considered news and what is obvious gossip has become blurred beyond recognition.   

The Economist recently published a letter from Trylon SMR president Lloyd Trufelman commenting on its special report on challenges to the spread of global democracy. Trufelman noted the adverse impact of the erosion of mainstream media channels, which is making common ground harder to find and leading to the Babelisation of opinion and the Balkanisation of social intercourse.

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