Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Some of us have wondered about this for awhile.  When we see a Fox News segment, it can be reminiscent of one of the Reverend Jerry Falwell’s sermons.  It doesn’t stand up to critical thinking, but it has the right appeal to people who regard it as a comfort zone. Comfort zones can be addictive.  Invariably, you must give up something for that comfort, too.  Sacrificing something in the real world is necessary to keep the comfort consistent. According to an article by Luke O’Neil on The Intelligencer page on New York Magazine’s website, some Fox News viewers have given up more than their critical thinking skills.  Some … Continue reading Fox News is Having a Cult Effect on Viewers

Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

Yesterday, The New Yorker posted a new, detailed report by Jane Mayer on unprofessional connections between the White House and Fox News.  It also appears in print in the March 11, 2019 issue. If you haven’t already maxed out your free online New Yorker items this month, you should be able to read Ms. Mayer’s article without hitting a paywall. Note: In San Francisco — and maybe other parts of the country — newsstand print copies of The New Yorker are running late.  Even if you’re willing to buy an expensive magazine in order to read one article, you may have to wait if … Continue reading Jane Mayer’s New Revelations About Fox News and Trump

News Vs. Shock Media — Or, Don’t Get Me Started

Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  The views expressed in this post are based on personal observations and printed matter for the general reader. A separate post on this topic appears on Facebook. If you keep track of current events, I hope you’ve given some thought to the distinction between journalism and gossip that just panders to the public’s voyeurism. Last night I was in a supermarket checkout line, thinking maybe I should have chosen a different checkstand.  Clearly, the retail grocery counterpart to Inspector Clouseau was failing at his attempt to pull up totals on the cash … Continue reading News Vs. Shock Media — Or, Don’t Get Me Started

The Emmys and the Fungus Among Us

I don’t have a television, but DVDs and streaming are adequate.  Besides, there’s no place in my 391 square foot, rectangular-shaped studio where I can keep a TV and watch it comfortably.  If I ever change my mind about that, I’ll rearrange the furniture and then find a space for a television.  The apartment is adaptable. Be that as it may (my favorite arty-farty expression), I saw one online clip from Sunday’s Emmy Awards presentation.  It was the same clip a lot of people saw. A link to Frank Bruni’s New York Times commentary appears at the end of this post.  I … Continue reading The Emmys and the Fungus Among Us

Public Broadcasting

(Update:  My more recent attempts to use Visa Gift Cards online have been unsuccessful, and I warn others not to buy the cards for that purpose.)  Do you support noncommercial radio or TV programming?  By “support,” I mean listen, watch and pledge money. I’m on a fixed income, and can’t usually afford a membership. However, periodically I buy a disposable Visa Gift Card and use it to pledge ten dollars here and there to radio stations I enjoy.  Ten dollars is a good minimum to offset overhead costs because the payee must spend money to complete the transaction. We pay a … Continue reading Public Broadcasting