Here is the latest in my ongoing series of essays, Local Media in a Postmodern World:
This continues the theme of the shift of news from “stories” to real-time flows and streams. Writers all know that stories have a beginning, middle and end. Woven throughout is a narrative that the writer chooses to frame the story. Real-time news, however, is showing us that these narratives are sometimes inaccurate and reflect the inherent beliefs of the writer. Story “endings” are contrived, because we don’t know the real end of most news “stories” until many years have passed. Contrived closure, therefore, is a cultural landmine, especially when the motives of the writer/reporter are questioned as either self-promotional, biased, or both.