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Posted on 05/19/2017 9:15:25 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Journalists brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.
The study, led by Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and leadership coach, analyzed 40 journalists from newspapers, magazines, broadcast, and online platforms over seven months. The participants took part in tests related to their lifestyle, health, and behavior.
It was launched in association with the London Press Club, and the objective was to determine how journalists can thrive under stress.
Each subject completed a blood test, wore a heart-rate monitor for three days, kept a food and drink diary for a week, and completed a brain profile questionnaire.
The results showed that journalists brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, particularly because of dehydration and the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods.
Forty-one percent of the subjects said they drank 18 or more units of alcohol a week, which is four units above the recommended weekly allowance. Less than 5% drank the recommended amount of water.
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Nothing we didnt know, of course.
We’ve always suspected that journalists are low life material.
To choose a career as a “journalist” is to accept your failure to contribute to society and its future. They seek fame, awards and attention.
Reality and logic does not need them.
Hey, hey, hey, hey! Journalism is still needed to report information. You need journalism. Yes, it has not been the same as years past, but you need them.
We need the press, not “journalism”. The press is mentioned in the First Amendment; “journalism” is not.
Not anyone who watched an episode of "Lou Grant"
Then what is journalism?
Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.Note how activities unrelated to reporting news have precedence, and reporting is not even mentioned. Reporters do not create the news, whereas journalists seem to be preoccupied with it; note that creation is fabrication.
I knew this fact in college. I worked on the paper awhile in college as I had 4 years on my high school paper. In college I had some friends who were journalism majors and they always complained about how hard it was to write 3-4 page papers on something. These were people who started partying hard on Thursday night.
As an engineering major and an honors program student, they had no idea of what hard assignments were. They saw me studying all the time. Saying “I could never do that.”
I know what the hierarchy is in the various schools of education. Journalists were the bottom or second to last. At least in my day before the really worthless artificial programs were created. Feminist studies, queer studies, that kind of garbage that qualify you for nothing pratical or real.
“FRONT PAGE” ( the original movie ) proves this point too and much earlier. And it was written by two ex-newspaper men.
I have met, been interviewed and grossly misquoted by (how that can happen when they’re using a f***ing recorder should be a mystery ... but read on) so called “journalists”. They are not very bright and are by nature extremely lazy. And knowing in their heart of hearts that they’re intellectually inferior to most everyone they’ll ever meet they resort to character assassination as a sort of reflexive response. If most of them ended up in shallow graves and their bones knawed on by coyotes the world would be a better place.
Where aepre these “journalists”? Have not seen or heard a real journalists in decades.
When I was in college, decades ago, I had the opportunity to work for UP at the Democrat national convention, then four years later at the Republican convention. Newsmen thought I should become one of them because, a national anchor said, I belonged with them.
With all that fabulous entree, I went into book publishing instead. Not nearly as exciting or profitable. I’ve often wondered whether I made a terrible mistake....after all, nothing is as interesting as politics.
So I truly appreciate this article. Cancelling all regrets.
I take exception with this story a bit. I don’t believe that reporters are dumber any more than I believe the stories about conservatives and religious people being dumber or GW Bush being the lowest-IQ president in history. It’s not OK for that to be said about us, so I’m not going to go quoting some made-up study about media people being dumber.
Now having said that, I do think that media people are more prone to “do as I say, not as I do” behavior and operating on double-standards. They’re more than happy to make fun of people in their newscasts and/or articles but then it’s OK for them to drink, use drugs, and act like jerks. I don’t think they’re actually dumber, I just think they’re a part of the population that chooses to be dumb. They just tend to be the type of people who engage in lowlife behavior.
They have the easiest major in college with the lightest class load and homework load, so they pick up substance abuse in college and take it right with them into the working world. News media is a great place to be a functioning addict, all you’ve gotta do is submit articles to the boss telling them what he/she wants to hear. Fact-checking and good writing has clearly gone right out of the window. For people prone to lowlife behavior, having a lot of time on your hands is a dangerous situation. They’re almost as bad as lawyers when it comes to substance abuse and mental problems. They get such an easy ride all the time that the first time they face some real adversity, they can’t handle it.
My wife sets up displays at museums and special events and gives lectures honoring the military. She is interviewed fairly frequently for newspapers, radio and local TV. The interviews typically last about 2 hours and for TV or radio are edited down to around 5 minutes. About every fourth interview is by idiots who have some type of agenda. Typically the idiots do such a poor job that they can’t even get their 5 minutes on the air. When they do they completely distort my wife’s words and it is very irritating.
Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.Note the words creating and presenting, and the absence of the word reporting. Relativistic language. Fertile ground for ideologues to make up narratives, and for especially vile people such as Ben Rhodes to use as a playground.
I had the same experience in college as an engineering student. I took their upper-division (300 and 400-series) journalism classes as general ed. One time, my family fell on some hard times and I attended two funerals in the same week. I came back Friday completely forgetting that there was a test in my journalism class. I walked into that test totally cold and scored a 94% on it. That should tell you how frickin’ easy a major in journalism is. If you can’t get a degree in journalism, how the hell did you make it out of 7th grade?
Yep. That’s why they take the path of arrogance and shoving people down when they can. They figure that if they act like they’re one of the cool kids that people like, get the girls, and get the promotion, then maybe it’ll magically happen in real life.
Confirmed by science.
Yeah, I tend to look at “journalists” and “reporters” synonymously, I’m sure that’s a simplistic view. I’m not so sure that journalists are actually dumber, I just think they’re lazy and have poor personal character attributes. Since their colleagues are the same way, they get into a weird group-think where all kinds of things become OK that are not in a normal setting. It’s like being a college frat-boy where it suddenly becomes OK to get slobbering drunk, act stupid, and destroy property when 800 other people all around you are doing it, too.
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