Sunday, September 14, 2008

Why the Palin phenomenon is doomed - Market Watch

Why the Palin phenomenon is doomed - Market Watch
Commentary: Media live to build you up -- then knock you down
By Jon Friedman, MarketWatch
Sept. 15, 2008

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Sarah Palin Phenomenon is doomed.

But it's not because of her lack of foreign policy experience or her deer-in-the-headlights look during part of her interview last week with ABC's Charles Gibson.

The primary reason why the Palin bubble will burst is that the media will decide that they are bored with her. They'll need to move to shine a light on a fresh issue or individual.

This is how the world works in the age of 24/7 news cycles. Whether the subject is Britney Spears, Michael Jordan or Sarah Palin, we inevitably raise stars to mythic levels, out of all reasonable proportions. Then we knock them down. (Look out, Michael Phelps. Your time is coming, too.)

It isn't a case of quixotic behavior by reporters and editors. Internet sites, blogs and cable news operations all thrive on presenting fresh headlines and updated story angles as often as possible so readers think we're on top of things. The news world moves at warp speed.

Palin's story is especially captivating because she emerged as an overnight sensation. The governor of Alaska was virtually unknown on the national scene before Sen. John McCain tapped her to be his running mate. Amid the media crush accompanying her rise, it now seems as if Palin has been around forever.

For as long as she has been in the public eye, people have been skeptical about her qualifications, but the allure of her beginner's pluck catapulted Palin to the covers of magazines ranging from Time to People.

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Why the Palin phenomenon is doomed

1 comment:

Awake In Rochester said...

The question is which will come first the election, or the bubble breaking? There is only 6 weeks left. If the McCain camp is smart, they will not have her give many interviews. That way the public will crave more.

I also think that the public have a say in this. I mean if we act highly interested in Palin, the media will keep reporting on her.