The Guardian seems alarmed as the following headline signals:
Don’t give elites a legal way to strangle investigative journalism
Oh honey, that ship has sailed. Elites already strangled it. To death. Now it is a question of them causing indignity to the profession’s corpse.
Journalism used hero worship and made Great Man narratives acceptable, and then those people got in power, thanks to the press, and now can prevent others from making a play for their power by rigging laws to keep that power.
But kudos to The Guardian for at least being aware that being in a pine box is a bad thing.
Canadian journalists are not so clever. The Flamborough Review is as dumb as dirt. So oblivious is the paper is they had the nerve to publish this piece of Pollyanna dreck:
Journalism will live on
Inherent humane desire for reliable information will never fade, writes Gergyek
No, it won’t. We have a dead press with a smattering of partisan propagandists who either bash Trump or look for positive in rot. Journalism is dead.
It needs a replacement that is not journalism. You can get information in other ways other than journalism. Sunny spinning rot is engaging in lies.
Of course, the Review had to find a hapless j-school student to do it.
And j-school students aren’t the rebellious sort. They are mimics who parrot whatever they hear without question.
The proof? There is this amateur propaganda piece from the Concordian, a student newspaper:
What looms on the horizon for journalism?
And then the standard chipper denial:
Even though journalism is facing enormous challenges, the profession is going through somewhat of a renaissance. That was the general consensus among panelists at the Journalism and Media Conference, held in the McGill University Student Centre from Feb. 26 to 28.
Memo to clueless j-school student who obvious has no ability to have an independent thought: the industry has not gone through any renaissance. That’s what deluded narcissists say as a defence mechanism. The industry collapsed.
Job losses continue. Outlets are closing. Those cocky owners begged the federal government to give them money to subsist.
There is no investigative journalism anymore. Online publications are begging for money. They pander to partisan audiences, and it is not enough — and the act means there is no journalism. At what point does the new generation face their reality, stop their conniving bootlicking of authority figures, rise up, and go through a down and dirty innovative revolution?
Your elders are so used to bragging and lying how great everything is that they cannot lose face and admit the truth. Stop being their well-trained lapdogs, j-school kids.
Open your eyes and look everywhere around you, not just where some people in a dead profession tell you to see.
Even the tiny Gander Beacon, though having an editorial that blares with the headline “Journalism in jeopardy”, is still not computing. The editorial seems to believe that tweaking to be more user-friendly on the Internet is enough. No internal soul-searching. No revolution of the core. Maybe it will all turn around.
A collapsed building cannot “turn around.” You have to take away the rubble, and build again — but in such a way that the next building won’t suffer the same fate. Build it better — and then keep watch on ensuring the building doesn’t rot from neglect — or that squatters don’t move in to use that building as a cover for their own dark purposes.
But journalism has a broken mindset — deny the obvious problems. If you cannot deny them, blame someone else. Then if you must, do something to make the fringe look better without making fundamental changes. And when everything collapses, believe everything will work itself out in the end.
How can anyone trust chroniclers of the world with a deluded mindset like that?
At least the UK still has some journalistic mettle, and some morals in seeing what is going on. Canada, and even the US have no such compass. That is the reason their press collapsed harder and faster. It is not just that those in the industry are in hard denial: it is that the new generation are just as oblivious and lethargic. They see that coffin, and do not have the sense not to jump into it.
Journalism is dead and it won’t wake up just to make you be able to brag to your little fake friends that maybe one day you’ll be “famous”.
A revolution is absolutely crucial — one that brings a new kind of mindset and future-focussed generation ready to rumble to find those truths and realities so that no one has to suffer the way others before them did because they were kept in the dark with omissions, propaganda, and lies.