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August 07, 2006


Tom Grey

Congrats on Univ Hong Kong new gig.
I hope you consider podcasts, maybe video logs of your lessons; possibly Webinars.

However, what I miss most in your analysis (as in Jay Rosen's), is that most news is "infotainment". It's entertainment first, disguised as information.

It's entertainment because it speculates on the future -- and today, only today and the past are factual news items. What will happen tomorrow is speculation.

The language of this speculation should be probabilities of various possible outcomes (eg. 10% chance Iran gets nukes within 10 years; or 1%, or 50%). But honestly admitting that what audiences really want is "future news" = speculation, seems too much of a leap.

Thanks for good work. Global Voices is really good.

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