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It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

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Feb 20, 2003 to Feb 6, 2013

Newsworthiness - You Never Read About a Plane That Did Not Crash


There exists an aphorism in
journalism which describes how an unusual, infrequent event (such as a man
biting a dog) is more likely to be reported as news than an ordinary, everyday
occurrence with similar consequences, such as a dog biting a man.

An event is
usually considered more newsworthy if there is something unusual about it; a
commonplace event is less likely to be seen as newsworthy, even if the
consequences of both events have objectively similar outcomes. The result is
that rarer events more often appear as news stories, while more common events
appear less often, thus distorting the perceptions of news consumers of what
constitutes "normal" rates of occurrence.   Wikipedia

 

When I post in iBratt, I choose
subjects because they are
unusual. You can read about more “normal” stuff in the Reformer or the Commons
as well as viewing them on TV.

I don’t necessarily agree or
disagree with what I post. It’s food for thought. Something to discuss.

 

I recently posted a list of
Paul Ryan’s cuts. It’s not a rumor.  It’s
not “Conspiracy Theory”.  This is a list compiled
by Republicans, for Republicans, and they are BRAGGING!

It is my hope that a few of us
might be moved to fight against them. With both houses and the Presidency in
their hands, many of these cuts WILL happen. The right wing HATES public radio
and AMTRAK, to name a few.

Remember, they want to shrink
the Government down to the size where they can drown it in the bathtub." (Grover
Norquist)

 

Be warned: there’s a rocky road
ahead, and it’s not just because of Trump.

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