News Media: Then and Now

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There is no question that the news media isn’t what it was when Camp Codger listeners were growing up. Today’s senior citizens are challenged by the technology used to collect, develop and deliver the news, the unrelenting 24×7 news cycle, and the vast array of news sources and delivery platforms. In this episode, we explore the news media, then and now. Our conversation ranges from lamenting how local news is dying as the classified ad business disappears to offering up our techniques on how we handle the daily tsunami called the news.

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7 comments on “News Media: Then and Now

  1. Marjorie says:

    I belonged to Cronkite, Huntley, Brinkley club. In the last 2 elections, I was obsessed with continuous news feed. Realized this was a harmful habit and have weaned myself to limited intake. Don’t watch any news before bedtime. I want “sweet dreams”, not nightmares.
    Luv hearing from you guys weekly.

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      Marjorie, it’s really good to hear people are self-regulating their news intake. There is a ton of really good information out there. We must apply our critical-thinking skills to use the information to our advantage without getting overwhelmed by the “news” tsunami. Thanks for listening.

  2. Patricia says:

    I was intrigued by your current episode – I agree with so much about ‘click bait’ – I wonder if it’s power is wearing off – all things come to an end and my sense is people are getting tired of endlessly reacting to click bait news… but I do have cable news and DON”T have it on in the background all the time… it’s too irritating …

    HOWEVER … I have lost the art form of reading the news; when I moved to the USA from the UK I found the style and print so off putting that I never got into a paper … if I could get The Times (of London) delivered I would – so thank you for reminding me; I need to get back into reading the actual paper – maybe I can go through your re-cycling bin … Px

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      Patricia, good assessment about the possibility that people might not be responding to clickbait. That means our critical thinking skills are not completely gone! Hooray! I haven’t read print since 2013. Getting reliable delivery of the NY Times print edition in Santa Fe is nearly impossible and I love the big font and dark background reading on my iPad. Btw, I was delightfully reassured that U.S. politics are no worse than the UK after viewing another great “Jonathan Pie” episode at

  3. Judy Henry says:

    First thing in the morning I read Heather Cox Richardson for a very wholistic look at the daily news, with , always, interesting historical implications. This comes in an email. Next Iget up have coffee and read the eNewMexican, because I like to local paper, and the local news and the funny papers.
    then I go through the day getting jolted off an on by NEWS…Oh, Queen Elizabeth just died.. oh The water in Jackson Mississippi is undrinkable..
    In the evening I check out CNN on my phone…
    Mainly I make a point of allowing it, but not being overtaken by it, because its all so dreadful, and I don;t want to get sick over it.

    growing up, no TV in the Philippines, later in New mexico, No TV…news paper delivered. Visiting my parents- 2 hours of evening news,, Weekly TIME or NEWSWEEK…. oh well, enough,

  4. jack turner says:

    Still get that paper–first job (1956) was delivering that paper. As an olde printer, I hope they continue.
    I’ll take days of yore when investigative journalism was alive and well–it’s been replaced by that guy in his mother’s basement spewing falsehoods and conspiracies that people will surely follow

    1. Gary Ebersole says:

      I don’t know, Jack. Reading a print paper…ink-stained fingers? Nah, I like my iPad!

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