For some reason, a lot of people on the M.I.T. campus seem to be disappointed with the quality of campus journalism at this institute. "The good people are all getting out, they say, pointing to a rash of recent resignations from the grandaddy paper on campus, the TECH (But since I am still involved in M.I.T. journalism, I must admit some skepticism about that statement.). There are other people, and sometimes they are the same people, who complain about the WTBS coverage of the M.I.T. campus, claiming that the station spends more time in "local" coverage of the Cambridge and Boston areas, than it does covering the "local area which surrounds its studios. As of now, radio and the newspapers are all the M.I.T. media and some feel that they are just not doing the job.
I'm not going to make a total defense of the media. None of them are really doing the job they should be, including this paper. They should be covering the news of this campus, day in and day out, on an objective basis, providing the students and faculty with the facts, presented as honestly as possible, to facilitate each one making his own decisions, which is the function of a "real' news medium. In addition, the editorial staffs should express the conclusions they have reached as a form of guidance (except WTBS which is restricted by law).
This is not what happens now. What happens now is that most of us get our current information from super slanted hand-outs or reports, with very little independent investigation of either side. There are excuses for this deplorable situation (aren't there always?) but they simply point up another failure of the media: there aren't enough people on this campus interested in being working journalists. Or if there are enough interested people, they don't seem to feel that they can work within the presently existing structure here. Until they pitch in too, it will remain true that, from your four sources of M.I.T. news, you will get what you pay for (assuming you get the TECH free like the rest of us.)
Speaking of movies (whaaa...?) WUSA is now playing at the Sack Cheri complex, and it is very nearly worth the 3 dollar admission to see it(I say very nearly because there is almost no movie ever made that is worth that kind of scandalous admission. Let them eat cake until next year, when it comes to LSC for 50 cents.) The movie features (among others) Joanne Woodward and hubbie Paul Newman, who do a good job of acting in a plot filled with stereotypes. The plot is thin: Paul Newman is working for a super-right wing radio station in New Orleans, WUSA. The owners have political designs, and are using patriotism, racism, and welfare fraud to suck in the rubes. As you might expect, we see the familiar faces: the hardened cynical announcer-with-no-conscience Paul Newman, the suddenly disillusioned young social worker who only wanted to help people, and the hard-bitten southern nit-wit who is using faith in America as a front. It's a little hard to believe that this is the only kind of person left who believes in this country, but if you judged our culture by our films and literature, that's what you would think. In spite of its faults, the movie makes some valid points about shallow "live-in" relationships, and the ludicrous aspects of patriotism run rampant.
If all things go as expected, Captain Zommar and the Galaxy pirates will appear once more on the Mike Davis radio Programme sometime ( 9:30 P.M. to 12 M.) during the show of December 5. Here's your chance to catch their act. More later...