Musings —01.06.2014 04:44 PM—
It’s sad because the loss of every newspaper means our democracy is diminished, in a real and measurable way. In an era where fewer and fewer citizens are voting, the media – as I have been reminded, as I have pinballed between newspapers and politics over the years – are the only institutions left who can truly hold the powerful to account, on a daily basis. Now, yet another media voice is gone.
Idiot bloggers, and idiot politicians, will continue to be happy about this sort of thing. The former will say the disappearance of the so-called MSM means more audience for them. And the latter will believe that it means more opportunities to communicate to said audience “without a filter” (which really means without a pesky reporter getting in the way).
But bloggers only comment on the hard work of actual reporters. And the work of politicians won’t get noticed by voters, at all, if there isn’t a media there to report it.
Like I say, it’s a really bad way to start the New Year, across the board. Even if you don’t live in Kamloops, this sort of thing affects all of us.