In a losing race with the zeitgeist

It’s become cool to dismiss movies as awful. Wherever I go, teenagers say, with chillingly casual adolescent contempt, that movies suck and cost too much – the same stance they took about CDs when the music business went into free fall. […] What’s really driving the studio folks crazy is that a huge chunk of their core constituency – young moviegoers – has evaporated. Poof! They’ve scattered to the winds.…

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Meet the Press

The most subtle and cogent analysis by a rhetorician of how The Times or CNN frames its stories has all the pertinence to a reporter or editor that a spectrographic analysis of jalapeno powder would to someone cooking chili. This is not a function of journalistic anti-intellectualism, though there‘scertainly enough of that to go around. No, it comes down to a knowledge gap ?- one in which academic media critics…