Unfair and Unbalanced


That's Tyler Cowen describing media bias. And arguing that's just the way we viewers want it.

We should resist the temptation to think that the TV screen, or the newspaper Op-Ed page, or the blogosphere for that matter, is the critical arena deciding the fate of the world. In reality, these media are a sideshow to the more general human preoccupation with stories. We use TV and other media to suit our personal purposes, not vice versa. No, the media are not fair, but they are unfair in ways different than you might imagine. They are unfair because you, collectively, as viewers, want them to be unfair.

Read the whole piece over at Tech Central Station.

And read Cowen's recent interview with Reason, too.