Comes the Dawn

“Foggy Sunrise” © R.L. Herron

No News?
I find it ironic that the national media hasn’t focused so intensely on the domestic car manufacturers these past few days. The local media certainly is focusing on it, particularly around Detroit, which is the area hardest hit by what’s happening.

But why the hiatus in the national media? Not enough scandal? Too little in the way of surprises? Not enough gloom-and-doom to make the headlines sizzle and have all those advertisers pay dearly to be included for the ride?

Perhaps you think I’m a bit cynical. But those are the things media lives for, aren’t they?

I’m old enough to remember when being a journalist was a good thing. Not that people who do that for a living today aren’t good. It’s the position that has lost some of its luster.

No Reporters Any More
Many people these days, myself included, regard TV journalists as “talking heads.” Pretty faces, paid to read the teleprompter with whatever words the station owner wants them to read.

Not the nitty-gritty, go-out-and-find-the-news, dig-for-it and then report it style, focused on fact and truth, that made the American press the sacrosanct beacon of freedom we used to think it was.

Like the sun in the picture above, taken from the Renaissance Center in Detroit, looking out over the Detroit River toward Canada, the “news” used to be something we could count on to lift the fog on what was happening in our world.

No News Is Just the News
Now the news is info-tainment, competing with the dozens (or is that hundreds?) of similar programming ideas on all channels and scattered across the Internet.

All of them fighting for the same dollars of ad revenue. All looking for the scandal or disaster that will cause viewers to tune in, or click on to them for enough moments to drive up their ratings, thus assuring that they get top dollar for those ad placements.

In a frightening way, some of them are outright changing the news by the slanted way they report it.

I’d like to say I thought all this as I looked at this picture tonight. In reality, I was just looking for a good photograph in my collection to talk about. Something that I could get into about exposure time and f-stop, or maybe the type of camera I was using.

Sad what comes to mind too often these days. Makes me wish I could get this cynicism out of my system, and just think about writing and photography again for a while.



2 Responses to “Comes the Dawn”

  1. Herron Says:

    I think you're partly right, Jeff. The "city" of Detroit has been suffering for a long time, but the Detroit "area" has been a vibrant and creative place to be.The Michigan economy is struggling with a 14-15% unemployment rate. The city of Detroit's rate is more like 25% — a very sad situation.I think GM will reinvent itself, and come back strong. Chrysler-Fiat and Ford will survive, and pay back the government loans (unlike most of the financial institutions, who just took the public money and then snubbed their noses at us).The whole area will survive. It will be different, but it will be here. We are, after all, a "gritty" bunch.



    I like to call it "news-er-tainment". Which is basically what it is. If the major news sources are just regurgitating what they're being told from Twitter and Facebook…well, I don't need them then, right?It's not the fact that the news has become entertainment, it's the fact that most people out there don't like to think for themselves. They like to be told. Most people are sheep, looking for a flock leader and they'll believe anything that is spit out at them. Education is the only way to solve anything.I've been waiting for a story on Detroit and how it's effected everyone there. I think it's because Detroit has been written off for so long, people in other areas of the country don't realize that it's not isolated to the city. The city has been dead for 40 years, but it's supported the massive sprawl of suburbs around it, as well as global supply sources. Where are the news stories about the struggles going on in suburban Detroit?For me, growing up around there and going to college in Detroit has made me admire the grit of the city. It's a dinosaur of steel, rust, oil and muscle. I can see the beauty in that. Most would want to shy away.Sadly, it's my own opinion (and I hope I'm wrong), but Detroit has been stabbed a fatal blow. I don't see how the entire area can hold on. What else is the economy there? It will rapidly start trickling down. It's a quick right-left blow. The mortgage crisis that's hit everyone, everywhere, then of top of that you have a blow to the biggest industry of the area. I love that city and I know my way around there like the back of my hand. I don't think it will be great again in my lifetime, or ever.GM must rebuild it's image, it's concepts and make cars that don't compete with their own brands. Hopefully they can do all of it while holding true to the people that have sacrificed major time in their lives for the company. They can no longer afford to make crazy, ugly concepts just to see if they'll be purchased. They have to dial in and focus. There's less dirt, grit and muscle now when it comes to building cars. Those days are gone.The only problem caused with being on top. There's only one way to go…


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