Media Solutions?

Thank you for the editor's note about media overload ["No Honeymoon for Obama," November 17-24].

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Thank you for the editor's note about media overload ["No Honeymoon for Obama," November 17-24]. I work with college-age students who admit they are "crackberries." Perhaps only time will tell if being better informed (but not always with truthful information) will outweigh the negative aspects of global interconnectedness. The media should present the news in a fair and balanced way. Has competition and "success at any cost" made the media turn any event into a crisis? Are we not only damaging our democracy by this "media overload," but our economy and our mental health too? People I talked to were excited about Obama's success but so weary of the months of constant political analysis by the media.

Sylvia Kocses Pennington, N.J.

President-elect Obama really has his work cut out for him. The media frenzy won't stop. As you said "the beast must be fed." The best way to deal with the media is to have a completely transparent administration. Let the American people in on everything. Through this whole election process we have become a better informed nation and to digress from that would be totally unfair and unacceptable. The election of Obama proved that we are a forward-charging people who have transcended, to some degree, the biggest hindrance of progress in our country. There is so much more we can and will accomplish with the same attitude and with as much enthusiasm as when we elected him. We need to be patient. We are facing gargantuan distresses that will require time to repair, but we can do anything if we show our unwavering support. I think the greatest asset of our President-elect is the fact that he listens and is in touch.

Craig Joseph Brooklyn, N.Y.

The willingness with which a large percentage of our population embraces opinion as news seems to challenge the idea that we're a better informed nation and at the same time adds to the overload. The press's most critical role should be one of accuracy. That coupled with an increased level of showmanship, can attract and inform those who are quick to form opinions based on a headline or sound bite or who readily accept whatever they hear or read as the truth. Best of luck with that.

Wes DeMott Port Charlotte, Fla.

The media fulfills our need for short- term solutions to long-term problems. Politicians respond. Our new president-elect faces an impossible task. Each segment of the population that voted for Obama will have hopes diluted to the point of disappointment. The difficult solutions required now are long-term commitments that few politicians can support because doing so would jeopardize their re-election. We need to be told in clear, blunt terms what difficult decisions should be made for our long term benefit and not pandered to by promising that no one making less than $250,000 would see his taxes go up. It is a promise that cannot be kept and will in turn lead to more disappointment. The media could do us a favor by defining the effect of actions taken by current politicians on our grandchildren.

Wayne Brenholt Chetek, Wis.

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