Conrad Black has an interesting column in the National Post about the divide between the press and governments -- and the press and citizens. Journalism has become so partisan and out of touch with reality that they have zero connect with people, meaning whatever they report is so tainted that it is unusable.
But Black asks a simple question:
When will we get the press we deserve?
There is a two-part answer to it:
- On the opinion side, we already have it. We call it social media. The world has a say now. We can easily get a feel for both the zeitgeist and the ortgeist.
- On the fact side, we can get it up and running tomorrow, if we walk away from traditional journalism entirely.
We can develop an alternative that is empirical by design, that focuses on facts, verification, and walks away from narrative and opinion. It can be innovative and completely different, taking account that our world has evolved. It can be based in peace, be matriarchal by design, and experimental, using the world as a laboratory. It can be done by Method Research and be unlike the old model in every way.
It is there on the table right now. It just depends on much people want a better press than the dead version they have now...