Journalism is Death! 'The Power of Nothing...'
Journalism is death...!
It is a resolute fact. Reason to state this is that two critical factors are at hand no longer seem to work for any 'self righteous and sane deeming journalist.
Fact beyond personal thought...
Journalism is all about bringing almost clinical fact. Inquiring fact to the point that what one produces, prints, publishes, is beyond any reasonable doubt, without any personal intonation. Basically, that is what I have learned in journalism. Bsically, as a human being, not wanting to deem myself a fool in public, 'get my facts straight or shut up...' The chance to fail publicly, with todays social media, are to grand, to risky. Invent a lie, bring fact on a personal based vision and 'they' will find out and crucify you. I would say, they should.
What happens today....
Journalism more and more have become an instrument of illusion, an instrument of manipulation, by whom ever it is needing the upper hand.
Many will recall this hard photograph of the little refugee named Aylan drowning in the see near Kos, Greece. The child laid there as grim evidence how harsh the path of Syrian refugees. The whole world engaged in Aw and Sorrow and pointing fingers blaming the world for such a tragic outcome. This picture has been abused by many even to start uncontrolled financial funding for support of .... who???
After the first wave of aw, shock horror subside, some really started to inquire the so called tragic facts.
The father wasn't near any Syrian war zone but living in Turkey having paid employment. He used the situation in Syria to find a way to Canada portraying as refugee. The mother of little Aylan was terrified of the sea. So one has to wonder what kind of a father would bring his family in such a hazardous ordeal? Yet, this picture has been staged since the little child was dragged out of the water of the open sea and put there for the picture that we all know now.
Journalism as stage for politicians
More and more, ,world wide, journalism platforms are (ab)used to misinform the crowd, to stage sentiment, to manipulate peoples credibility in all kinds of issues and political stand.
Hence.... Journalism by default now has reached the level to be regarded as no longer trustworthy and believable. The instances of deliberate falsification and ill-fact are to numerous to challenge by ordinary people. Since the social media is in abundance a platform of pretense and make believe, it also is be be approached with a healthy level of disbelieve.
Since we all know that politicians and salesmen will do and say anything to reach their objectives, vile as it often is, the fact that journalism is abused to uncanning proportion, level , or percentage, of fake news and misrepresentation, is indeed a greater tragedy than many are willing to admit.
Journalism has died ..... sad but true ....
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