The Thin Line between News and Opinion

Let’s take it back to Bill Simmons for a candid opinion on the state of the news media, with regard to our idiocratic regression.  In discussing how The LeBron Saga has affected him, Simmons says:

“The goofiest part of these past few weeks: The way media people have been speculating in a way that seems like a cross between learned information and opinion, except we’re never really sure what’s real and what’s conjecture. Thanks to Twitter and the 24/7 news cycle, the lines have been blurred completely.”

Bill, you just summed up the idiocracy in one fell swoop.  The LeBron Saga is quite possibly the first real test of our current media consumption mentality (MCM) – which is nothing less than insatiable.  We’re addicted to media like it’s crack – exponentially more so now than during the Brett Favre fiasco – which was only two years ago.  

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We sit in front of the TV with our laptops out, and can’t have a conversation without playing with our phones.  We NEED updates.  ANY kind of updates – news updates, status updates, marscapone-stuffed up-dates.  And in that sense, we put strain on those who bring us the news.  This leads us to the sort of environment we’re in today – fact completely blended with hearsay and opinion in an effort to break news the fastest.  

The 2010 NBA Free Agency period is really the first time we’ve seen our need for updates NOW emphasized to this degree.  More so than the NBA Finals, or the World Cup, the LeBron story involves immense speculation.  And when we speculate, we’re at our weakest.   

Read Simmons’ whole column.  It’s long as hell, but it’s a good one. 

Bonus: I’ll bet you a max contract that Twitter goes down tonight during “The Decision.”      


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