Wednesday, July 28, 2010

pigeons

a subway car of newspapers
like a sidewalk of pigeons
their tattered pages folded like wings
their feathers smudged black with cheap ink

each bird lands in a hand
and sings a tale
so touching or scandalous or practical
the reader falls frozen in a stare
mouths pursed in pouts or kisses
eyes scanning back and forth
like searchlights




Photo by Alan D. Wilson (Creative Commons license)



        How do you feel about the desemination of news these days? Does the quickness and accessibility of information make up for the large amount of biased and lazy reporting that goes on?


4 comments:

Dorkmaster Flek said...

Despite the potential for bad analysis, I believe the fast spreading of information can only be good thing when it comes to getting news. It also means that there will always be a real market for actual analysis, which seems to be completely thrown out the window in journalism in recent years. Huge news corporations no longer have a monopoly on getting the news to us. Now we can get our news from any number of other sources. I can't even count the number of times I've seen something spread like wildfire across blogs and such that would never ever be picked up by the mainstream media. Look, for the most part, people are stupid. It will always be possible for smart people to make stupid people believe whatever they want. The Internet doesn't change this, and I think it makes it harder, because there isn't a single point of control over the dissemination of information. It's not all upside, but it's more upside than down.

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