Friday, April 7, 2017

Objectively Speaking

Hey...is this thing on?

HELLO CHICAGO!!! ARE YOU READY TO ROCK???

(Not yet, give us five minutes!)

Okay so, in that case, I'll ramble. It's your fault.

I'd like to take a moment to discuss journalism. My god! A serious topic? But what about fart jokes and video games, you ask? Oh, I might get to those later. In the meantime...journalism.

I have not been a journalist for many years, but many of the lessons I learned still resonate very deeply within me. I cling to them and use them as rubricks for later moments down the road. Specifically, today, I'd like to address objectivity in the media.

First of all, and I may piss some people off, but I don't care. If you are relying solely upon news sources that are called things like "Democrats Rule" or "Conservative Awesomeness", then you are being tricked. You're being taken. You are seeing what you wish to see and being fed bullshit, and you're a sucker.

This is not journalism. These are media, but they are not reliable sources of anything but horse shit. Now, with that out of the way...

Mainstream media are tricky. Every one of them has a slant or an angle, no matter how slight. The trick is, being savvy enough to analyze what you are given and to make sense of it. But all of this is just a smokescreen.

You see, news should be objective. News should not have an opinion or an agenda and it certainly should not be telling you what to think. Let's break it down.

"In a horrific move by the president..."
vs.
"Today, the president did X."

See the difference? I mean, sure, if you're talking about the president eating 15 babies, or even one baby...it's pretty horrific. I think no, I HOPE, that all of us can agree on that. But if you're talking about the president signing an accord or a trade deal or whatnot, that first statement is clearly biased whereas the second statement basically states a fact--what the president did.

Can journalism achieve true objectivity? In my opinion Yes.

And no.

WHAT??? Let me elaborate.

Yes: A story can be written objectively. Sometimes it's not easy, but it's always possible. A journalist should be injecting their own opinions and feelings into a story, nor should the news source try to do so.

No: When deciding which events/stories to cover, I think there is always objectivity. Someone has to decide which stories are important enough for the front page of a newspaper or what they have time for during the 10 o'clock news. Subjectivity can easily creep in, here. You can try to minimize it but you cannot avoid it altogether.

So the objectivity lies within the story itself. We, as news consumers, must strive to find the most accurate, objective reports and make up our own minds. We should stop letting news sources cater to us and tell us what we wish to hear. We must see both sides and demand objectivity. Otherwise, we will truly never know what the hell is going on.

Also, fart jokes are funny.

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