All You Need Is A Headline...
When I worked in the music business we were concerned with 2 things in a well-written song: The Hook and Dynamics
- The Hook was of course the title/chorus/theme.
- The Dynamics were the ebb and flow of the song, the spaces between the sounds. Think Beach Boys.
Part of the decline of communication in our society is the satisfaction we all have with sensationalism. A short, sharp, shocking Hook, disguised as news or commentary can get the reader and make the point, especially if the story that follows is three paragraphs max. And the point is a stick in the eye.
There need not be any substance, Dynamic, or even Truth to the postings on line or in papers. All that matters is the headline. Get 'em! Snag 'em! Breaking News! Kardashian Marriage-Divorce headlines --. Kim Jung Il's funeral (with no mention of the dissolute oldest son, nor the "overly effeminate" middle son). -- Blonde Girls Disappearing – Politicians Up A Tree.
An example of this sort of sensationalism-based-on-nothing occured recently when a "blogger" wrote a post entitled "Dovonan: North Korea is a Monarchy, Cuba IsWealthy".
Beyond the typo created by fevered fingerwork - Donovan not Dovonan - the story attempts to discredit Speaker of the House Chris Donovan as he campaigns for Congress. The intent of the writer is made clear by adding the Tags or Labels of "Castro, Chris Donovan, Palin", and a weirdly constructed accusation that implies Chris Donovan is ill-equipped for higher office. You know, like Sarah Palin.
The premise of Don Pesci, the author of this tripe, was that during an interview at On The HORN (Hartford Online Radio Network), which can be heard via CT News Junkie, Donovan made wildly incorrect statements which have exposed his lack of knowledge regarding international matters.
Called out by blogger Jonathan Kantrowitz, Pesci offered a correction on his accusation that Donovan said "Cuba is wealthy". Turns out Pesci mis-heard the recording - Donovan said "Cuba is NOT wealthy." OOps. That of course didn't stop him from writing a piece based on his earwax.
As for the claim that Donovan is not ready for prime time because he referred to Kim Jong Il as a King, that is accurate - someone is a king if they are the male ruler of an inherited position and serve for life.
Nonetheless, Mr. Pesci's comment at his own site ends "Don’t worry about Donovan; he’ll get up to speed eventually."
Not quite an apology, but Pesci certainly got what he wanted: The Headline and The Final Word.