Thursday, October 01, 2009
It took me a couple of days, but I got around to listening to the This American Life/Planet Money episode from last weekend.
If you want to listen to a couple of people working to change the tone and register of how the American public discusses economic issues, this episode is a great place to start.
I've learned a lot from the Planet Money team this past year. What strikes me each time I listen is this: That group is aiming to enlarge the audience of economic news - news that has a profound effect on all of us - and they are doing it by bucking the system that made economic news a "members only" club.
Average people of average intelligence have the right to this kind of information, and I'm happy to see a set of journalists acknowledge that. Here's a couple of other journalists acknowledging that acknowledgment.
If these are the kinds of lessons we are learning in the current shift to new media, then let the shift continue.
Posted by Hogan Hayes