Three articles that show that when it comes to journalism, it is a profession that sees nothing, hears nothing, and it knows nothing. There is plenty of virtue-signalling in the profession, but with no self-reflection, the results will be no better than the decimation the profession has already experienced.
We have articles over-praising flawed methodology without looking at those flaws. It was the sort of confirmation bias that gave reporters the false sense that they were beyond reproach. Most impactful? The shoulder-patting has no place in fact-gathering professions. This is, as I have pointed out numerous times, advertorial writing where the client is journalism.
We have Poynter’s perpetual obliviousness, with articles that are banal with assertions that journalism has changed, but it didn’t change with the times. There is no critical lens.
The third article has also missed the bigger picture: journalism’s narratives are more than just colonial, but patriarchal: its structure is a rig that prevents deeper understanding. There is an implication that stories are negative toward those who do not fit the One paradigm, but, it misses the point: facts are not effective if they come with a built-in filter. We need facts as they are; not with spin, positive or negative.
Because if we had facts surrounding the treatment of First Nations people in Canada, those facts would speak for themselves: that their treatment has been horrendous, and the disrespect a single group has endured is abusive. We can collect data on suicide rates, unemployment, missing persons, poverty, living standards, and the like, and, when we put those facts together, speak volumes without the need to spin it.
Just as we can gather facts on the treatment of that demographic by the various levels of government. Has the situation improved? Or gotten worse? We can compare and contrast, creating a map of reality.
But that picture cannot emerge through the Patriarchal mode of storytelling, as it compels us to cheer the One, and that there is a narrative of good and evil where the One is good and triumphs over evil; so there is no need to worry: something is getting done, the story is over, and we can stop thinking about it.
None of these articles delves into the mechanics of reality. None look at the situation with a realistic lens. What we have is an artificial mode of putting a positive spin or offering a simplistic solution to a complex problem.
Or, not seeing the larger issues at play.
We have no map or guide. Journalism has collapsed, and yet the artificial takes cannot solve the problems because the problems are hidden or ignored.
Yet we live in an information void, dooming solutions as we make problems worse. The lack of foresight crushed journalism, and the illness has spread without opposition.
We are living in a modern Dark Age because of it. When we begin to create alternative forms of journalism, it is only then when we can begin to see the world around us as a whole as we can finally ponder the grains that make the whole.