The Absence of Objectivity

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"With little empirical evidence about the world, the country would divide further into solipsistic, isolated communities. There would be no agreement on even the most rudimentary facts: We would look back nostalgically at those days when "only" half of Americans were so ill-informed, and susceptible to government propaganda... In this ignorant yet loudly opinionated future, our shared civic culture would degenerate, and demagogic leaders would flourish."
-("The death of the news")

This was the scariest part of Gary Kamiya's article, even if it is only a possibility.

If the newspapers all sink, it would be doubly tragic if objective and investigative reporting go down with the ship. Not only would we potentially lose the kind of interesting and insightful stories that we get from newspapers (this makes me think of all the interesting stories that I've seen on the front pages while I'm on break at work), but in the absence of reporters and subsequent rise of stay-at-home bloggers not unlike myself, we may also lose the sense of objectivity that reporters work with when they bring us stories so that we can get the most truthful look into a story with the least amount of bias. Bloggers with no sense of unbiased reporting will spew whatever tainted nonsense to those who want to hear that point of view, whether liberal or conservative, radical or reactionary. This would only serve to widen the great divide in our country; who knows, it could even bring another civil war if given the right circumstances.

But this is drastic and an entirely hopeless point of view. It is not like bloggers have to be biased; some bloggers have done great things with their blogs and open our eyes to important information. It is not impossible for bloggers to be objective or investigate, but it all depends on the person. I would hope that a majority of the reporters who would lose their jobs in the collapse of newspapers would become the primary bloggers of the new age of information, because we will need bloggers who still care enough to search for the truth and keep their personal bias out of their stories.

This is the most important thing to watch as news evolves from print to Internet. While some parts of the journalism may grow bigger and better in Internet form, we still have to maintain and nurture the aspects of journalism that it was born with - the ideal of objective and invesitgative reporting. 

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Jeremy Barrick said:

It would stink if society lost major news all because the heads of state couldn't manage America's money.

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