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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #135 on: June 17, 2009, 11:45:09 am »
It's not just you.  I've been reading books on media criticism for years now, and the news is indeed more trite than it used to be.

News is more commercial, and the trite stuff sells newspapers.
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #136 on: June 17, 2009, 01:22:52 pm »
Depressing but true. Why else would celebrity news be anywhere in the regular news, nevermind top story?

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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #137 on: June 18, 2009, 09:20:51 am »
Because people care too much about being famous and by extension about what famous people do. It's a weird form of voyeurism.

On the subject of media, maybe you guys should look into weekly journals. Sort of like TIME or something? Those will never have breaking news, and you'll find plenty of partisan stuff, but also well written and thought out articles and usually no celebrities. Then hunt for recent stuff on the net. this Iran thing is driving me nuts, Twitter is kind of hard to follow and there's like a thousand forums out there, all with different opinions on what is happening.
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #138 on: June 18, 2009, 10:02:49 am »
The weeklies are even worse than the dailies. I used to read Newsweek for years, but they've been getting less and less relevant as time goes on, and with the recent format change, they seem to have slipped into the realm of a weekly op-ed magazine. Not that Time was any better when I used to read that.

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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #139 on: June 18, 2009, 10:29:58 am »
Really? The European version of Time features some interesting, if partisan articles. On the other hand, most of the stuff that covers the US seems a lot more partisan. Joe Klein in particular really loves his Obama.
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #140 on: June 21, 2009, 01:50:16 am »
Embassies are taking in wounded. that's an interesting direction to take. Especially with the ayatollah going all "Shut up and go home rabble!".
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #141 on: June 21, 2009, 01:55:52 pm »
This is getting really serious, now.  It looks like revolution to me.  Whether it succeeds or not remains to be seen. 

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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #142 on: June 22, 2009, 02:19:18 am »
Coming a bit late to the party but there's an interesting article on the Washington Post which proves (assuming article truth) that there was a very high chance the Iranian election was rigged.

It also just goes to show that if you're going to make up the numbers, get a computer to do it for you.
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #143 on: June 22, 2009, 03:47:10 pm »
Wow. That is cool. Statistically speaking, anyway. Not so good politically, and junk.
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #144 on: June 22, 2009, 05:12:01 pm »
A high school student given the authority to do so could have rigged that election better. Those results were very likely made up at the last minute; the Supreme Leader didn't think his pet could possibly lose an election.

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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #145 on: June 23, 2009, 10:25:48 pm »
Yeah, the fact that all the votes were counted super-duper fast and the currnet president won by amazing margins both in Tehran and the home cities of other candidates says something as well. It's a pretty ballsy move though, now he's essentially telling his subjects  that all that talk of his about an Islamic Republic is pure bull. What's the point of upholding that farce after this?
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #146 on: June 27, 2009, 05:53:38 pm »
Looks like the streets of Tehran are all but deserted today.  People are scared, and they're pissed.

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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #147 on: June 28, 2009, 01:35:59 pm »
Aaaaand it appears that the president of Honduras has been replaced in a military coup.  The congress is playing along (or so the gov't-controlled media has stated). 

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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #148 on: June 28, 2009, 04:05:57 pm »
So the newly-elect is no longer in office? That's interesting!
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Re: Political Opinion Megathread Dump
« Reply #149 on: June 28, 2009, 08:54:58 pm »
So the newly-elect is no longer in office? That's interesting!

The president of Honduras is not a newly-elect, he is a guy trying to change the consitution to allow himself another 4 year period. Pretty stupid of the army to go in now, seeing as he was about to be thrown out legally soon anyway. Getting declared incompetent would've hurt his reputation a lot more then getting exiled by a military coup.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the Iranians. While the demonstrations have diminished in strength, they apparently still have staying power. Revolutions don't happen in a night, so hopefully this will keep on simmering.
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