電視台玩記者的命

颱風過後
被颱風截斷的樹幹
台北市,2007年10月7日

每次颱風來襲,總會在電視上看到記者在戶外冒著狂風驟雨,一副站都站不穩的樣子,吃力地告訴觀眾風力有麼多強大。對此,相信有許多人與我有同樣的想法:有此必要嗎?!

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生張熟大衛

這個標題從成語「生張熟魏」而來。而「生張熟魏」典出沈括的《夢溪筆談》:

蜀人魏野,隱居不仕宦,善為詩,以詩著名。〔…〕忠愍鎮北都,召置門下。北都有妓女,美色而舉止生梗,土人謂之「生張八」。因府會,忠愍令乞詩於野,野贈之詩曰:「君為北道生張八,我是西州熟魏三。莫怪樽前無笑語,半生半熟未相諳。」

後世所謂的「生張熟魏」所指的卻是「生熟不分」。既然變異可以如此,我就不客氣地把「魏」改成「大衛」囉…

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魔獸與蝙蝠:政媒複合與政媒兩棲

The Birds waged war with the Beasts,
and each party were by turns the conquerors.
A Bat, fearing the uncertain issues of the fight,
always betook himself to that side
which was the strongest.
When peace was proclaimed,
his deceitful conduct was apparent
to both the combatants;
he was driven forth from the light of day,
and henceforth concealed himself
in dark hiding-places,
flying always alone and at night.

Those who practice deceit must expect to be shunned.
Aesop

The media is no longer simply the fourth estate,
without which the other three branches of government
could not operate honestly and effectively.
Because of technology and the consolidation of news organizations
— similar to the consolidation of airline and automobile alliances–
the media is becoming a world power in its own right.
The power of the media is wilful and dangerous
because it dramatically affects Western policy
while bearing no responsibility for the outcome.
Robert D. Kaplan

 

任誰都會覺得這荒謬不經:媒人不僅在婚宴上跟新人眉來眼去、勾肩搭背,最後還跟著一起進洞房、度蜜月。更荒謬的是,類似的故事幾乎天天在台灣上演。

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