RoostCast 67: The Problems of Immediacy

In this episode, Ryan is joined by Artvoice’s Chris Smith and Paul of Hockey Rhetoric. They talk about the shooting in Aurora, how we respond to tragedies and what social media and news media has done to change how we interact with major events. They mention incidents such as the crash of Flight 3407, the death of Osama Bin Laden and the ongoing LIBOR banking scandal.

Some links you may find helpful as you listen along:

Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe — YouTube

America Is A Violent Country — The New York Times

Why is Nobody Freaking Out About the LIBOR Banking Scandal? — Rolling Stone

The Future of Context — Jay Rosen (Podcast, 25 minute mark)

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Musical selections for this episode:

Cissy Strut” — The Mixers

Atlantic” — Keane


  1. Mike

    I think the larger issue is that social media and the information age has made America into a country that isn’t very serious anymore about anything really. Yet everyone desperately wants to be taken seriously and to have meaning and validation in their life. Nobody is really getting it, or if they are, it’s in a very trivial way (i.e. being retweeted).
    When Chris was talking about serious national discussions, it reminded me of one of my college history classes. We were reading letters that everyday people then had written and some of my classmates were laughing at them because of just how earnest and idealistic they were. Americans then had serious national discussions about important issues in a way that today seems quaint because of just how cynical we’ve come. And I think the information age is hastening that process.

  2. PKB

    Yes, everyone wants to be taken seriously but keep in mind everyone is taking each other seriously too. A lot of us are genuinely empathizing with people on reality TV. A lot of us take reality TV like the Kardashian shows and the Bachelorette seriously.

    I think social media and the information age has perhaps flooded us with too much seriousness. Or maybe too much unearned seriousness, if that makes sense. As I said on the podcast, a big problem is our inability to properly consume text. We don’t recognize sarcasm or tone or sincerity. It used to be that the subject sort of assumed some level of sincerity. At some point we lost that. Now everything is serious which means nothing is serious.