Friday, March 04, 2011

Will the media be able to do their job anymore?


When major news media does a series of investigative stories that concern our environment, it demonstrates what mainstream media should be doing all the time. 

But, the times have changed and it is difficult for any news agency to do a long-term investigation that may butt up against power and tell truth about a type of industry that is thriving and powerful. 

Drilling for natural gas by hydrofracking could be an economic boon and a salvation for our domestic security because it offers a major energy source that isn’t on foreign soil. 

So, unless we have a strong media to question the environmental components and political background of this issue, we must make environmental decisions without full and accurate information.  This series of stories (see below) by the New York Times demonstrates the kind of information our region needs to get a full picture of what hydrofracking will entail. 

But in the Great Recession, as the media changes, I predict we will see less of these in-depth investigative stories not more.   Money is tight.  Only the largest media and economically sound media can do this kind of work, and they are dwindling.  How will we as a society keep ourselves informed, which means pro-activity monitoring our environment, as the media is changing? 

Check out this important series by the NYT and encourage them and all media to do more:

Drilling Down - Series - The New York Times "Articles in the Drilling Down series from The New York Times examine the risks of natural-gas drilling and efforts to regulate this rapidly growing industry. " The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

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