Is this news? To the extent we in the media should be keeping up with what’s going on in society, sure it’s news. In fact, it’s news in the literal sense of the word, in that it’s a new way people are living their lives.
Unfortunately, our citizen-funded broadcaster’s concept of the marketplace apparently comes from Marketplace, the corporation’s self-styled “consumer watchdog,” whose stories The National often runs.
In the interest of journalistic transparency, the show should really call itself Anti-marketplace. As currently constituted, it trusts virtually nothing that goes on in any marketplace. We economists may be “dismal,” but at least we’re not constantly paranoid.
Capitalism is actually pretty good news, but on the CBC it’s a tiny silver lining hidden deep within a dark, forbidding cloud.