Fixing a broken news industry.

February 17, 2017

Lara Setrakian/Syria Deeply:

Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we’re inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce. She shares three ways we can fix the news and make the complex issues of our time easier to understand.

  1. Deep reporting/deep domain knowledge
  2. Journalistic Hippocratic Oath – ‘Do No Harm’
  3. Embrace complexity…not simplicity. It is a complex world.

[Most importantly, profits and corporate ownership need to be eliminated from journalism and broadcast media. Our country needs to reinstate a true Fourth Estate, the backbone of democracy, i.e., more grassroots media organizations who deep report, take the oath, and embrace complexity.]


‘Real power belongs to those who control the economy.’

January 31, 2016

‘We mistakenly believe that capitalism begets inevitably democracy. It doesn’t.’


“Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis. In this talk, hear his dream for a world in which capital and labor no longer struggle against each other, “one that is simultaneously libertarian, Marxist and Keynesian.”

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