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Dongfang Hong Donating Member (153 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-03-06 12:31 PM
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8. Oh, they could find new things to report on.
But nobody could follow it. For example, they could talk about the problems Britain's new Tory leader faces in turning around his party's fortunes. Most Americans are at best vaguely aware of a thing called a Tory, and as such would not appreciate the article. They could talk about Koizumi's continued shakeup of the power structure of the Japanese Diet. Most Americans know Japan is a land of cars, video games, anime, and ninjas, and as such would not appreciate the story. They could talk about Brazil and Argentina kissing off the IMF. Most Americans outright do not care.

You can only have so many stories going on at once. People can only remember so much, and can only follow so much. They can find things to talk about, but they can't find things people will care about. In a newspaper, people can at least skip over stories that don't interest them. Television has to find the least common denominator.
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