There is too much sophistry and muck in journalism, and it is deliberate. The more you drag your feet and ponder bullshit, the more you put distance between you and the need to make changes.
The philosopher kings and queens are shallow thinkers and it shows. Sophistry upon sophistry and journalists never do anything substantial.
But it is a piece of propaganda that serves as a jumping for the article:
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Ripley and about 25 other journalists for a conflict mediation training in New York. We collectively grappled with big questions like: how do we tell “complicated” stories that allow for contradictions and expose people to the “other side” without giving oxygen to fringe groups and opinions that aren’t based on facts?
Are you serious?
Do you understand a thing what it means to be a journalist?
Can you imagine these knuckle-draggers covering the Second World War?
Their coverage would have no mention of the Nazis because they would not want to give oxygen to them.
Yes, this is how patently stupid the profession has become.
But do not think this is a real article:
There’s no doubt that part of what drives highly polarized news coverage is that news organizations are often rewarded with clicks for writing sensational, outrage-inducing stories — and clicks drive advertising revenues in the traditional business model. Thankfully, that’s not our business model at The Narwhal
As a non-profit, we are driven to serve the needs of our readers — who support us directly — first and foremost. This opens up the opportunity to prioritize a different set of values: how can our stories contribute to healthier public conversations? How can we portray Canadians in all of their complexity and steer away from the caricatures we so often see in the media? How do we slow down, take a step back and write about the systemic issues in a way that might lead to solutions?
That’s right, kids: this isn’t an actual piece of journalism: it is advertising for the Narwhal.
It babbles and spews, but now that we know that this isn’t an actual piece of reportage, we can ignore it.
And we do not need any more narcissism and propaganda.
If you have to ask what journalism’s role is, you have no business being one.
It is a sad thing that journalism has been reduced to shit-posting…