Wandering Eye: A return to radio's golden age?, The Sun gets it right on sexting, and more

Remember the "golden age of radio" in the 1930s and '40s? When radio was drama and comedy and Orson Welles and all anyone could do after dinner was huddle 'round and listen? Of course you don't. Almost everyone who remembers that is dead. But wait! Do you listen to "Serial"? Jason Fried says "Serial" and other Podcasts are bringing back radio's golden days, except without the radio. Cars killed those golden radio days, he says, but the iPod—and all the other devices we now download audio to and listen to it with—are bringing back long-form, narrative serial shows. Maybe. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


John Gallagher's recent post on the Seventh State about the lessons of Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's drubbing by Maryland gubernatorial-race victor Larry Hogan, a Republican businessman, is a wise assessment of the electoral dynamics of statewide races in Maryland. He first and foremost explodes the conventional wisdom that all one needs to win is to take Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City. In fact, Gallagher suggests, the Baltimore region is a necessary trophy, not just the city, and to claim it the winning candidate has to be well received in a wide range of cultural settings. As he sagely puts it, Democrats "need someone who is as comfortable at Dundalk's Fourth of July parade as at Takoma Park's," and Brown, like Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in 2002, was, in essence, too patrician to pull it off. (Van Smith)


This cynical-about-everything jerk saw this headline over at The Baltimore Sun, "Teen sexting remains a vexing problem for law enforcement," and got ready to endure a sensationalist story that had all the hallmarks of every story about teens being teens. You know, some slut-shaming and moralizing language, and probably some technophobia too. But Alison Knezevich's story is a news story that is first and foremost informative, but doesn't play up the sensationalistic elements of "TEENS TAKING NUDES OF THEMSELVES" and even goes out of its way to be sensitive with its language and tone, while still remaining "objective." In particular, there is a quick (and factual!) aside that notes that sexting is "a practice considered by some experts to be a normal part of adolescence." Thank Knezevich for pointing that out and putting it into the story. Other less sensitive or just plain clueless journalists wouldn't have thought to add this important detail. It helps redirect the story away from sensationalism and maintains the focus on what the story is actually about: the gray area for defining "child pornography" that teens taking and sharing selfies introduces. (Brandon Soderberg)

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