Journalist, Reporter or Stenographer?
An all too common discussion (maybe diatribe is a better word) I hear is that the problem with news media is it’s biased. Many people act as if partisan subjectivity is a recent phenomenon. To those I’d suggest reading “The Twilight of Objectivity” by Michael Kinsley for some historical context.
The next time you read or watch the news ask yourself who wrote it, a journalist, a reporter, or a stenographer? The problem arises when a person doing one of those jobs thinks, or tries to convince others, he/she is doing one of the other jobs. The current state of media isn’t due to bias as much as it is too many people trying to be something they aren’t.
Time is a Rate
We spend our time at various jobs to make money in order to spend our time somewhere else. We spend time doing one thing so that we can spend time doing something else.
Individuals and institutions scheme and scramble for our time. They plot and present a wide variety of distractions designed to develop a desire for the novel and a need to conform.