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February 28, 2008

Why Americans don't care about other countries

screenshot from Alisa Miller's TED talk

The uber-exclusive and influential TED Conference is underway in Monterey, California with once again a cavalcade of brilliant thinkers from the worlds of art, science, culture, business and politics.

Among this morning's speakers was Alisa Miller, the head of Public Radio International, one of the companies that makes shows for public radio stations.(*) She laid out some of the reasons behind the huge drop of foreign news coverage in the US, a trend with profound ethical, economic, and even security implications. Miller's put the talk online. Watch it and weep for the future of our country.

Interested in more TED coverage? Lots of people are live blogging the event.

(*)Disclaimer: I worked for many years in public radio (though never for PRI) before leaving in disgust, having decided that an industry whose business model depends largely on seducing people into believing you're more idealistic and innovative than you really are is an industry I'm well rid of).


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at February 28, 2008 01:14 PM