How broken is journalism?
It’s so bad that the British government and its defence department have now decided to get involved.
Oh, good luck with that.
Fake news outlets are hardly the problem the Establishment is making it out to be.
It’s that once upon a time, journalism could be counted on to report information the way governments had approved of and people would believe it.
And then the Internet broke journalism.
This quote is quite the attention-getter:
“We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives. The government will respond with more and better use of national security communications to tackle these interconnected, complex challenges.
“To do this we will build on existing capabilities by creating a dedicated national security communications unit. This will be tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others.”
Competing narratives? You mean something aside from the patriarchal? Is this a dig at Russia — or #MeToo?
And it will be up to the government to vet information?
Because journalism is dead, right?
Because they are incapable?
They cannot be trusted to put out information?
Once upon a time, news like this would have caused outrage.
And now, nobody cares.
Journalism failed. It failed the public. It failed democracy. It failed its workers. It failed itself. It failed the world.
And now we have a Western government that has openly decided it is going to vet the news.
It isn’t investing in improving journalism, no.
It isn’t considering expanding narratives since the default assumption that any other narrative is a “competing” one, and hence, is evil.
This is a very interesting development, and if the world had a strong press, this wouldn’t be happening.
But journalism is broken. The UK has decided to vet the news, while the Canadian government has decided to buy it.
And that should make you very nervous.