The Problem with Infotainment Media

“Ater airing a five-minute segment on the recent controversy surrounding racy photos of a teenage Disney star, longtime Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden left the viewing audience with these words to ponder: ‘Just another distraction to keep our minds away from the things that really matter.’ With grim resignation, McFadden did her best to project the image of a grizzled industry vet, powerless to stem the tide of increasingly trivial programming at a time when serious journalism is paramount.”
-Sarah Nardi, Adbusters-

Read more of Nardi’s article “America’s Slippery Slope,” which explores Susan Jacoby’ book The Age of American Unreason, and argues that such media is a “vague and ill-defined threat to our Democratic ideals.”
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