Everyone is talking about whether Hurricane Irene was over-hyped. Some thoughts (these came to me in the shower, so they’re just bullet points, not fully developed ideas):
- The fact that we say over-hyped instead of hyped says something about the quality of journalism that we expect or are used to.
- When we write about over-hyping, are we hyping our coverage of hyping?
- Hype is subjective; it is the difference between perceived value and actual value, but how do you measure actual value?
There was something else, but my hair is almost dry now, so I forgot. I need a way to blog from the shower.
Regardless of hype, journalism should have actual value. Some reporter standing in the middle of the storm doesn’t tell me anything new, except that said reporter is a moron.