Transit Won't Save Detroit. High Speed Trains Won't Save the US



Tags: america, detroit, monday, documentary, blueprint, beyond, examines, symbol, diminishing, status

Monday night PBS aired a documentary Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City which they say "examines how Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America."

I say it is an incredibly one-sided view of how some people think that a bunch of already failed ideas will suddenly start working, and not just work, but perform miracles.  They argue that a few miles of a single light rail line is going to turn Detroit into a happening city, and the high speed trains will do the same for the whole US.  Interestingly, the piece is almost utterly devoid of facts, and is instead full of opinions and hope.

I teamed up with Shikha to do a pretty thorough dissection of their key assertions.

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Pedro said... Rating: 0   Vote +   Vote -  

I agree. Print majors are otdatued and should be terminated, just as magazine, broadcast, even online majors, should be scrapped in journalism schools. This notion that in this day in age we prepare students to work in a single medium is ridiculous. All majors need to be converged. Students can still have sub specialities — writing, design, photography (moving and still) — but it's as important — possibly even more important — for a broadcast student has good basic writing and editing skills for online as it is for them to be able to produce a television package, just as it is for all journalism majors to have an ability to tell stories visually.I disagree with what you say about college newspapers, however. Perhaps not your conclusion, but your reasoning. I lived and breathed the college newspaper while I was a student (though not in a journalism program). I eventually became its editor and the lessons that I learned about managing people, producing a product, dealing with the consumers, balancing editorial excellence and revenue, were invaluable lessons that prepared me far better for online journalism than any other student or professional experience, even though I hardly thought about the website once. Additionally, because there's generally not well organized campus media outside of the campus newspapers, these papers have been somewhat insulated from the readership and advertising challenges facing newspapers more generally. Where these newspapers are able to support themselves (or at least provide a reasonably subsidized lab for teaching students invaluable skills) we shouldn't rush to kill them off, as otdatued as they may seem on the surface.

11/6/2012 6:59:39 PM