Why Newspapers Suck
From Austin Storm
I think it might be time to reevaluate the purpose of newspapers. What good is a mere numbing catalog of tragedies? Journalists feel their role is to document “what is happening” and make sure people know the Facts and that the truth is seen. The usual critique of the journalistic mindset is that it denies its inherent biases and values instead of stating them openly. But I think there is a different and possibly even more important critique that needs to be made: mere documentation is not in and of itself helpful without being part of a program for action. If documenting all the things that are wrong is actually making us feel less able to do anything about them, then journalists are having a counterproductive effect.
- Nathan J. Robinson, in Current Affairs