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Jun 20, 2016

Investigative journalism is dead! Long live the pop-culture quest!

The low-stakes pop-culture quest is the product of media content mines.

Mel Campbell — Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Just over a year ago, Huffington Post senior staff writer Todd Van Luling embarked upon what he called “the single most important investigative quest in my long career as an Internet content creator”. This tenacious inquiry, which would involve dozens of phone calls, emails, Facebook messages, interviews with key eyewitnesses and deep dives into the online archive, had one vital goal: finding the actor who played Ugly Naked Guy on the TV series Friends.

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3 thoughts on “Investigative journalism is dead! Long live the pop-culture quest!

  1. Duncan Gilbey

    To paraphrase Walter Cronkite:
    “…too many content creators, not enough content worth looking at.”

  2. AR

    Move over grundle and gird up thy loins.
    MzRaz don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
    Gotta lurve that Hywood quote – so perfect it may even be true.
    Oh for the daze of yore, when the press would comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable rather than burnish their bunions.

  3. klewso

    The trouble with investigative journalism is that you never know where it might go?
    You could end up embarrassing advertising clients – or “mates” you spend your time protecting, running PR for them?