How can we reclaim civility, decency and harmony when they are at best unnoticed or worse, ignored? As we debate our nation's future, we need the news media to ask the hard questions, not the sensational ones.
The human risk perception system evolved to deal with simple dangers, like wolves and bad guys with clubs and the dark, not complex long-term threats involved in the unsustainable way we live on the planet.
Media critic Howard Kurtz lamented "journalism as blood sport" guilty of "hyper-partisanship." Both sides are guilty, but the sensible middle that Kurtz celebrates is really the center-right. What a distortion.
We're living in a transition stage -- a very exciting time in which the "me" in "media" continually and more effectively flexes its muscles. The media's resurrection depends on its understanding of that reality. Not on the shiny, new iPad.
If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves the vast majority would say "happiness." So why do so many people spend every moment watching and reading things that are designed to make us angry or afraid?