Sunday, August 23, 2009

What is Truth?

"Can we engineer a new system for news? What can we do to give new concepts in journalism a chance to arise? Is today’s journalism really that good compared with what we need for making intelligent choices"

If asked what a good journalist should be the answer would 99% be: impartial, a person for whom integrity should be the conditio sine qua non.
But how would you be able to define impartiality?
Isn’t what we think influencing what we see?

"For what is Truth?
In matters of religion, it is simply the opinion that has survived.
In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. In matters of
art, it is one's last mood."
And in matters of journalism is absolutely subjective.

And reporting is more likely the same.
It is enough not to say one thing and to emphasize something else and a piece of news can be the opposite of what somebody else reports.
It is like a photoshopped picture of a model.
It is her, but it doesn’t look like her.
It looks much better, or it looks the way the photographer wants her to look.

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