Archive for September, 2009

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Media bias

September 15, 2009

There was an article in the Washington Post yesterday (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/13/AR2009091303265.html)  stating that ~63% o f Americans now believe the media is biased, which is the “highest level of skepticism recorded since 1985, when this study of public perceptions of the media was first done.”  My issue isn’t that the public thinks the media is biased, it’s that the public thinks the media shouldn’t be biased.  For the majority of our history, media outlets, while independent entities, would not only openly advocate for one political party, but often newspapers would be set up specifically by politicians in an attempt to sway public opinion.  All of this was done with the understanding that each of these different newspaper outlets carried its own biases that they proudly displayed.  I’m not sure when American’s got the idea that media isn’t supposed to be biased – I can only assume it had to do with the rise of cable news and the grouping of small media outlets into large ones, thereby increasing the need to be perceived as ‘middle of the road’ in order to attract the maximum number of viewers/readers.  As a result, there is now the belief that all media outlets are supposed to be devoid of bias, which is an impossible goal.  Instead of worrying about perceived bias, why don’t media outlets simply declare their bias and be done with it?  I suppose it comes down to money – no business would purposely alienate groups of customers by declaring a bias.  Of course, none of this matters since blogs will one day take over the world and all the information we receive will be highly biased, which would be fine except no one today knows how to discern bias and they tend to believe anything they read (think death panels).  In other words, I think we’re screwed.

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Metro Shuttle

September 14, 2009

The other day the driver of the shuttle that runs from my condo to the metro announced that his boss had informed him that people were complaining he was being too courteous to the riders by waiting for them at the shuttle stops.  As one can imagine, these ‘complaints’ were most likely the results of a handful of typical condo people with nothing better to do, and who feel that there time is so important that they can’t afford to spare 30 seconds to help make someone elses day just a little bit better.  Apparently, sanity prevailed, because enough normal people called in that day to the shuttle guy’s company to tell them that the shuttle guy is great and to leave him alone.  Hazah for normal people!  That said, I think the shuttle guy needs to learn to control his new found ‘bulletproofness.’  Today he picked everyone up at the last stop, started to drive away, and then, at the very last minute he caught out of the corner of his eye someone who was two blocks away, rounding a corner.  Not only did the driver stop, but he actually backed up, then waited for about one minute while the guy ran two blocks to catch the shuttle.  The guy even looked surprised, as if he was planning on catching the next one and then realized the driver was waiting for him so he had to run to catch up.  I applaud being courteous to others and waiting for someone who might be running a little late, but backing up the shuttle for guy who planned on catching the next shuttle in the first place?  Seems excessive. 

Don’t worry though, everything worked out because the driver ran the red light to make up time.

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Trashing the dress (Bridesmaid that is!)

September 13, 2009

Inspired by the ‘trashing the dress’ fad where brides wear their wedding dresses into exotic locations, Chris and I decided to stage our own photoshoot using a bridesmaid dress that’s been hanging in our closet for a couple years.  Here’s a few of the pics, you can see the rest at http://www.flickr.com/photos/36505365@N05/sets/72157622358815756/

 

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Blah day

September 8, 2009

What a depressing day!  As if going back to work after a fantastic weekend of great weather, awesome food and booze and great golf wasn’t bad enough, it’s been overcast and nasty all day.  On top of that, today is my one year anniversary at my job and no one knows or cares!  Not that I was expecting anything, but I had planned on buying an awesome muffin that they sell at a bakery I walk by, but today they were out of the muffins!  Damn it!  They have plenty of muffins every other day, but the one time I actually want to buy one they’re out!  Blah.