Chaos at the Door

Here is the latest essay in the series TV News in a Postmodern World. This one flows from my participation with the Ball State University think tank that I’ve written about previously in this blog. The quotes from Henry Adams alone are worth a few minutes of your time. Enjoy.

Chaos at the Door

BONUS: Note the comment by Susan. Great stuff.

BONUS2: Alex Rowland adds his typically insightful spin:

It’s not even like I’m 60 and looking back at “them young whippersnappers.” I’m 33 and most of my friends are in their 30s and 40s. And most of them, while technically adept, don’t have a clue about much of what is coming down the pike. They can barely use Bloglines effectively, let alone This used to be true of people in their 50s and 60s a decade ago. It’s as if wisdom is taking a quick flip from old to young. It’s now those at the beginning of life that hold the keys to knowledge. The older you get, the more experience you have, but the less valuable this experience becomes as the utility of experience approaches obsolescence at an ever increasing pace.


  1. I don’t think Adam Cairns sounds like a “very bright student.” I think he’s a perfect example of the downside of democratization of the media — which allows people to become arrogant through isolation, to the extent that they can’t see the need for human interaction to even:
    1) develop opportunistic career links through mentoring
    2) enjoy the company of another person with mutual interests
    3) grow through teaching (or at least learn what other people don’t know to help position himself better)
    4) see that nobody knows everything.

    Yuck! I’ll take the warm fuzzies of real people living real lives with all our flaws to incessant banging on a machine (or whatever else Mr. Cairns chooses to do alone in his room) anyday.

  2. To a certain degree, substituting the word ‘educator’ for ‘journalist’ is appropriate…at least the journalism schools are waking up to the benefits of chaos in learning.

  3. the utility of experience approaches obsolescence at an ever increasing pace. I don’t think so…technology without experience = arrogance, error and disaster. Experience is not becoming obsolete, it is just being ignored by people who think they don’t need it. They do.

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