Mission: to make us aware of the managed as well as the subjective nature of news
2004 11 20

Our most polluted resource
Bucky Fuller

Good News Bad News

The news is composed. The news is composed in the same way that a painting or a song or a novel is composed. Marshall McLuhan pointed out the main characteristic of the composition over half a century ago (in The Mechanical Bride). The news is composed to make the good news stand out in contrast to the bad news. The purpose of the news is to convey the good news. The purpose of the bad news is to make the good news look even better.

Eulogy is invariably dull.
Anthony Trollope

If you give someone a scissors and ask them to separate the bad news from the good news, they are likely to cut out all the bad news and to put the good news aside unnoticed. That is, they will clip the article about the war and stack it with the article about the rape and the article about the riot. Then they’ll wonder where the good news is. Clipped onto the floor! Disregarded!

Coke is a natural!

Ford has a better idea!

It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken!


No, no: that’s the real news. That’s the good news. The media don’t compose that news (except in how we all compose our society); the media are paid to carry that; they don’t write it, they don’t edit it: and they’d better get it right.

Continues in spin-off module: Good News [Link to be restored]

NEWS: The Governed Faucet was among the first first couple of dozen modules in my Society (and its Pathologies) section. Typically, it lengthened, notes got added, it spilled into a scrapbook. Now I make a subsection so I can reorganize and expand.

News Menu

links to be repaired
Good News
Bad News
News: the Governed Faucet
News Scrapbook
The News as Advertising

Related Modules





This section needs a lots of work, links and edited sense will follow.
It was OK at K., needs coordination at pKnatz blog where it nests with the Media menu.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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