Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Social Media and Internet Driven Radio the New Opinion Leaders....But is That a Good Thing ?

   Who are the opinion leaders these days ?  
     Hard to say with the Internet, Facebook, Twitter and talk shows now competing with the old guard editorial writers who frankly haven't been weighing in as much as they used to.
      One thing for sure. A soundbite with a snappy headline on Newzjunky has weight. I certainly found that out last fall and local officials are in those crosshairs a couple times a week now.
       Are the new opinion leaders qualified to comment on the affairs of government and due to commercial pressures what topics are off limits to them ?
        https://soundcloud.com/newzjunky/z93-jay-civic-charlie-july-12-2016

13 comments:

Ted Ford said...

Way back in the dark ages (2010) a really good guy, Van Jones, had been forced to resign a White House job. When another White House person came under fire from the right he wrote this NYT's short piece. It still has validity I think. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/25/opinion/25jones.html?_r=1

Anonymous said...

It is a good thing, Jeff. Anything that can wean us off the dannies controlled mainstream puke is a welcome change. We are now saddled with voices that only support more and more government control over our lives. They even fake video recordings and selectively edit statements. This is fine if you live free off others and have a tax exempt home on the golf course, spending your days worshipping your party. But for the country, it is a disaster. Media is supposed to function as a watchdog over government, not a cheerleader.

Anonymous said...

For the most part none of them are qualified and none of them have the gumption to participate rather they just bloviate on one talk, then the next and online.


My head spins out of control when I listen to people like Crazy Ray, Charlie and others talk on national affairs like they are experts and they treat local issues with the same lack of knowledge. My guess is they never pick up the phone and call local elected people to extract why and how decisions are made, then be free to disagree or debate a decision but, they continually speak as if they have all the facts.

And Newzjunky, when it the last time you read news that was actually produced by them?

Ray said...

Not so hard. Papers are dead. Blogs, Twitter, and face book are the places people go to get their info.

Anonymous said...

Facts are all well and fine, but perception is the dealmaker or dealbreaker when it comes to local (and national) policy and decisions. You can have the most well-intentioned policy you're trying to push, but if it comes across as offensive or likewise, you're dead in the water. Similarly, lousy policy can be dressed up with charm, bells and whistles and only after it's enacted we find out how lousy it really is.

I have no issue with the 'Great Unwashed' having a turn at the mike, but it also doesn't speak well of the 'Well-Informed' that they are either hesitant to speak up (or don't feel it necessary to contribute to the conversation in any meaningful way) or enter the conversation to correct the unimformed, or if they do pick their time to speak up and deem it necessary to treat the uninformed in a condecending manner, like some political also-rans/never-was' tend to do when they call in and hog the lines... or worse, they confuse their education with their intelligence.

Anonymous said...

Ah Ted, you know how much I love you. I respect you in ways I never would the ego driven professional mouthpiece by the golf course. But let's talk for a second. You call Van Jones a good guy. Isn't this the guy who founded the group STORM, or Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement? This fine, balanced group focused on freeing Mumia Abu-Jamal, who in his spare time murdered a cop. Well, in the eyes of your party, that cop was probably a racist and deserved to be murdered. He was also connected with a petition that blamed GW for deliberately allowing 9/11 to happen. Seems fair to me, in a Dannie sort of way. Even Bob Bechel, as much a mouthpiece for the big Donkey as our local hero is, called for his resignation. You make the case against character assassination. Rightly so. Now Ted, can I assume you lost bunches of sleep over the Robert Bork affair, or Clarence Thomas and that evil coke can? I bet you slept like a baby though that stuff. Selective indignation. Party before country. Don't tell me you're a golfer too.

Anonymous said...

Glenn Curry may have the worst talk radio show ever…. A self proclaimed idiot…. his uninformed opinions are as worthless as they come.

Other then that, he occasionally does a few good impressions.

Hey, you asked for comments… I gave you one.

Anonymous said...

3:36, I try never to miss a Live at Five. The show, and the Hotline, are a tradition in NNY that we should be proud of. Both hosts work hard to bring something unique to our area. And if you travel at all, you will realize that they are different. Most communities have nothing like this. I'm not a fan of Joe Nose, as I'm not in favor of where we as a society have gone in efforts to get money from our neighbors. Dannie's daily self promotion vent is sickening, but I can always use the bathroom or something when he pukes his nonsense. In fact, he kinda keeps me regular, per se. But the shows are a fine addition to our lives up here. I disagree completely with you regarding their value and quality.

Anonymous said...

what's internet radio ? As for facebook news, I don't quite understand the theory of self fulfilling prophesy news . You essentially build a feed for yourself to give you the news that you are interested in, and the rest isn't put in front of you ? WTF ? That's not news you morons, that like taping your favorite sitcom.

Anonymous said...

Now we have Ginsberg debasing (or defiling or desecrating) the Court as she publicly opines on Trump.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 3:36, Curry’s show is dreadfully amateurish.

Anonymous said...

Ted, don't try to write opinion based comments on the Mayor's blogs. The hateful come out to complain about Golfers. Nice to see another side to things sometimes on here.

Anonymous said...

“I agree with 3:36, Curry’s show is dreadfully amateurish.”

that’s putting it mildly. out of curiosity I listened to the show today and was amazed at the level of stupidity from some of the callers. some moron who goes by the name of “big steve” went on and on about how michelle obama was actually a man and the president might be gay. WTF!! before I forget, this is an ardent trump supporter -- go figure.
as far as danny goes, for the life of me I can’t understand why he would waste his breath on this low life joke of a radio show.