The Nose: Komen Vs Planned Parenthood, And Diagnosing Grief

Feb 3, 2012

The sudden news that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has apologized and essentially reversed itself on the issue of defunding Planed Parenthood is yet another example of the incredible power of the internet. 

Yes, in the old days, an issue like this could simmer on the stove of the mass media for days, but the 'net -- especially its social media -- has a way of pushing something right in front of people's noses in a very a direct and personal way. You don't get the news from Ted Koppel or Robin Roberts.  You get it from people you know, right in a stream of Facebook posts and Tweets, many of which are about other, more personal things. Certain public issues are hand -mixed into the batter of private life in a manner unparalleled in the history of communication. The question now is: can Komen do eough to regain all the trust it squandered.

We'll talk about that, the DSM and perhaps more light-hearted fare today on The Nose. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us@wnprcolin.