Simply Fair: Media Input

Okay, the media don't always get it right, but sometimes they do in helpful ways. Let's have an example or two of how media representatives have performed recently in situations familiar to you.

Experiences for this category include:

    • Douglas Bedell

      Retailers Trifling With Employees' Lives

      Let's consider what an economy is about – the efficient arrangement of resources, including human ones, to serve people fairly toward worthy ends. That's our view, at least, of what an economy is about. In the context of fairness, efficiency doesn't include treating employees as thumbtacks,...
      • Douglas Bedell

        Newspapers Adrift in the Web Ether

        By Douglas Bedell

        Categories: media

        It's happened again. I'm surfing for fairness news topics and have been sent by a Google Alert to a paper named "The Star". Where is The Star based? Good question. There isn't a clue on its site. There are likely many "Stars," and I doubt any of them betray their location. Few newspapers do on the...
        • Douglas Bedell

          Terror and TV Commercials

          If this sounds merely petulant, I apologize. But I've been watching too much of the Boston Marathon horrors being interrupted by TV commercials. Commercials seem to be mediating terror, as though, whatever happens, it's at least briefly normal again – another interlude for selling. It speaks...
          • Douglas Bedell

            Engaging, Rather Than Rote, Public Television

            By Douglas Bedell

            Categories: media

             One of our public television channels (WITF) runs seemingly endless episodes of Masterpiece Theater. Another one (WVIA) runs Masterpiece Theater but also, as we just watched, "Art and the Brain," a beautiful and important explanation of mental processes in young and old. It also features...
            • Douglas Bedell

              Newspapers Struggling to Survive?

              Most signs are that newspapers are struggling to remain in business. But this afternoon, our phone rang with a recorded request from our local newspaper in Lebanon, Pa. "Please hold the line for our representative" it said, you know, one of those calls. Five or six minutes later, after several...
              • Douglas Bedell

                Comcast on Automatic Pilot

                Comcast, the cable TV provider, is presumably in the communication business. Yet one has to wonder. This evening we switched to Channel 17 (WVIA in Wilkesbarre, Pa., in our Comcast listings) for some highly anticipated programming. Instead, Comcast advised us: "ONE MOMENT PLEASE This channel should...