(A three minute read)
2020 Journalism: It’s not what I was taught at university. My old craft is dead; I pray for its resurrection. This is no longer a reporting of facts. Rather its regurgitating a narrative already written in the editorial meeting.
1970s: ‘All The News That’s Fit to Print’
1980s: ‘Dirty Laundry’
1990s: ‘The News is What We Say It Is’
2000s: ‘We Report, You Decide’
2010s: ‘When News Breaks, We Fix It’
2020s: ‘All The News That Fits Our Narrative’
2020 Journalism: Writers use a paint roller instead of a scalpel. They cover over the truth with a uniform ideological coating instead of revealing it bit by bit for logical consumption.
2020 Journalism: Writers use a shotgun and make excessive noise while shredding facts to create holes to peer through at whatever truth just died behind the target.
2020 Journalism: A walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is put on endless loop in an echo chamber. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing and confusing everything. (apologies to W. Shakespeare)
2020 Journalism: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame writ large by people hired for being blessed with great hair and teeth.
2020 Journalism: In name only.
So – Where is the hope?
Any hope we have lies in the truth. Not ‘my truth’ or ‘your truth’ or ‘truth that is “okay for you.”’
Turn off the internet, the TV; put down the newspaper, the magazine. Stop listening to and sharing rumor and gossip. Do all this and sit in the silence. Then ask God to bring you the truth. He will.
‘So where is the wise philosopher who understands? Where is the expert scholar who comprehends? And where is the skilled debater of our time who could win a debate with God? Hasn’t God demonstrated that the wisdom of this world system is utter foolishness?
‘For in his wisdom, God designed that all the world’s wisdom would be insufficient to lead people to the discovery of Himself. He took great delight in baffling the wisdom of the world by using the simplicity of preaching the story of the cross in order to save those who believe it.’
– 1 Corinthians 1:20-21 (TPT)