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Dissecting the News Dissector: "Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector "

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Dissecting the News Dissector:

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Blogothon: Reflections and Revelations from the News Dissector

by Danny Schechter

"It's all about target[ing] the banksters on Wall Street as well as the politicians that do their bidding."

"Ideology has become a substitute for clear thinking while posturing and polarization define the issues of our times, leading to a stalemate and paralysis."   

"[T]he struggle is my life."--Nelson Mandela

"[T]elling untold stories moves audiences to care and to act."

     What follows is a laudatory review of an excellent selection of blogs documenting and commenting on events that occurred in 2010-2011, referring always backward and forward, of course, from the McCarthy era to Election 2012. And earlier and later ("the future").

Edward R. Murrow, who busted Senator Joe McCarthy's "crusade against communism" (see the film Good Night and Good Luck if you haven't already) was Danny Schechter's mentor, exemplifying journalism at its finest, which involves changing the world for the better. Power of the word and film and the encompassing profession.

Schechter's collection spans issues and events from the Financial Crisis, Media Coverage, "Politics and Politricks," Culture and Resistance, Foreign Travel, and the cataclysm that lifted Apartheid in South Africa, the author's favorite country--he was there when it happened, filming for tv and movies, as well as narratives ever since that always shed new light on the event and surrounding history.

The blogs of this co-founder of Globalvision, which aims to provide coverage of the entire news free of infotainment--the latest shade of blonde adorning Lady Gaga's head, for instance, or the one package of events that adorns all network newscasts give or take a few words--do indeed span the plight of the world. In the preceding two years alone (the book is dated 11/11/11), the author has been to England, Iran, Qatar, South Africa, and Turkey, by invitation, to attend conferences and speak, or both. To ask him to recite all of the places far and near that he has visited would amaze even Ferdinand Magellan.

Edward R. Murrow is a hard act to follow. This review will explore Schechter's many contributions and insights donated to journalism and allied fields and conclude with a yardstick, as we, including Murrow, "bow, unabated, to the form flying forward." [1]

The Prologue is dirty laundry, a blog itself; all books are fraught with conflict. If they could only talk, what tales would emerge above and beyond the content that would pale in comparison.

Blogothon is dedicated to us bloggers the world over, among whom Schechter is one of the first, pioneering in this as well as so many other areas.

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