Today’s dose of good news

5 04 2007

Discovery logoThere’s this little thing called agenda setting.   Trying to fit news into pre-defined categories is part of this process.    I believe it was an interview with Noam Chomsky that introduced me to this idea.  He said something like (paraphrasing):

Have you ever wondered why there’s a business section and an entertainment section in your paper but no environment section or labor section?

So how the hell can we expect quality news when the topics up for airing are pre-determined using these and other filters?

Blogging presents such a great opening.   It doesn’t do away with bias.  Of course my postings are heavily filtered and the agenda is set.  But, there is such a diversity of voices (850,000 blogs approx. on wordpress alone presently) that one hopes that they collectively allow the airing of many opinions and stories.

Before I get too carried away,  my “dose of good news” refers to this story from the New York Times.

Discovery to Start Channel Focusing on Green Movement


Published: April 5, 2007

Discovery Communications, the cable channel operator, plans to start a 24-hour channel focused on eco-friendly living, as part of a push into the rising environmental movement.

The company, based in Silver Spring, Md., will next year rebrand its Discovery Home Channel with a name that has not been selected but will reflect its position as the centerpiece of an initiative called PlanetGreen.

 Almost enough to make cable worth the cost………………..almost.




3 responses

6 04 2007

The Discovery Channel news was the first thing I read this morning. The article also said something about their making the Discovery Channel headquarters carbon neutral. What a great start to the day!

6 04 2007

It’s definitely important to relish these little steps forward in public awareness (without becoming complacent). Its hard not to come across as negative a lot of the time. I used to be much worse in this regard (believe it or not !). But there are plenty of rays of hope around if you look closely. I certainly hope to write a greater number positive posts this year. The momentum within the environmental movement continues to gather. Baby steps perhaps, but steps forward nonetheless.

7 04 2007

It’s the razor’s edge I think: avoiding blind optimism on the one hand, and abysmal pessimism on the other.

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