The Humanist delusion (as John Gray would say)

First of all, I have to say that I do not agree with John Gray's philosophy, but I think that, given some of the points raised in Jaak's blog (Why be a journalist? Is there any purpose to journalism? Does it ameliorate any of the global problems that it reports on?) it might be worth mentioning his book, Straw Dogs.

Fear and Loathing in Journalism: a Savage Journey to the Public's Cross

As I'm sitting here, right about sunset, the blood-red light illuminating the walls of my room, I keep pondering over the reason of the brutality and treachery of man. For years now, we have been more and more flooded with news, do we like it or not, combined with the effect of the events themselves. Be it the growing-up-factor or just beginning to see the big picture, right outside the frames, of the news – from Putin's elections to prince Harry's clubbing – my idealistic approach to Journalism as a saviour has started to decrease. Reverse result of what was dreamed, ironically.

Fact of the day

The combined personal wealth of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (a meagre $16bn each) is greater than the entire value of the US newspaper publishing sector ($20bn, according to Wall Street estimates). Well, so Valleywag reckons anyway.