Thursday, September 20, 2007

Media Observations

Just a snapshot comparison of stories being covered on four different international news networks this morning when I turned on the television--

Al-Jazeera: lead-in for a documentary they are doing on Guantanamo Bay
BBC: whether economic problems in Asia could have a negative impact on the U.S. economy and thus create a global slowdown in 2008
Russia Today: a discussion on the new proposals of the European Commission for regulating the energy markets and limiting non-European companies from what assets they can control
CNN: was OJ Simpson framed in Las Vegas

Yes, perhaps unfair (Russia Today later had a segment on bulletproof vests for dogs, Al-Jazeera focused on a music festival, and the BBC also mentioned the OJ Simpson story), but it also points to another trend: the U.S. has no monopoly on the global transit of information in English nor do the U.S. channels automatically get to determine the direction a story can take, as say CNN could do in 1991.

Nick, great point. A producer from HBO spoke with John Ruggie at the Tavern on the Green to the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility this week in NYC. The HBO rep said that corporate social responsibility is not just about supply chains, charity, community engagement, and environmental protection. In all industries, CSR also means making good products that are good for society--in line with the very purpose of business. You could call it "having an ethical business model." Well for media, this means covering a broader range of stories--beyond Paris Hilton, as the HBO rep said.

I can't help but think about the shark attack and Gary Condit stories running on the news the week before 9/11.
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