#newspapers #endofprint #fakenews
Even if a reasonable degree of objectivity and partisan agnosticism were restored…
Even if they stopped being a propaganda outlet for the ever-expanding, pervasive, authoritarian, spying, unaccountable welfare/warfare state…
Even if they actually served their self-ascribed role as “4th Estate” and exposed the corruption infesting both parties controlling government…
Even if they eschewed their Faustian bargain with corporations, politicians, and sports teams in which they dumped skeptical journalism in exchange for access…
…newspapers would still be doomed.
Newspapers are the castle walls on the eve of gunpowder… the guilds of scribes on the eve of Guttenburg… the buggy-whip industry on the eve of Henry Ford… the tax-abatement shopping malls on the eve of Amazon… the cartels of cab drivers on the eve of Uber…
Their time came and now it has gone. Let them pass on before they lose their remaining threads of dignity. Whether their demise be by obsolescence or suicide– stop trying to raise the dead.
#FakeNews was in full hyperbolic mode when it interviewed Jordan B. Peterson on BBC4 on 1/16/18.
Here is the exchange that captures the essence of why anyone who “uses” dinosaur news is a hopeless useful idiot:
Smug Interviewer: “Tell us about the lobster.”
Peterson: “Well that’s quite a segue. Well, the first chapter I have in my book is called “Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back.” And it’s an injunction to be combative. Not least to further your career, let’s say, but also to adopt a stance of ready engagement with the world and to reflect that in your posture. And the reason that I wrote about lobsters is because there’s this idea that hierarchical structures are a sociological construct of the western patriarchy and that is so untrue that it’s almost unbelievable. And I use the lobster as an example because the lobster–we divulged from lobsters in evolutionary history about 350 million years ago–common ancestor. And lobsters exist in hierarchies and they have a nervous system atuned to the hierarchy. And that nervous system runs on serotonin like our nervous system. And the nervous system of the lobster and of human beings is so similar that anti-depressants work on lobsters. And it’s part of my attempt to demonstrate that the idea of hierarchy has absolutely nothing to do with socio-cultural construction, which it doesn’t.
Smug interviewer: “Let me get this straight, you’re saying we should organize our societies along the lines of the lobsters.”
[queue the rim-shot]
Are you kidding me? Is this what passes for “journalism” these days. Unbelievable.
I find myself totally mesmerized by #JordanBPeterson. Although I still despair, he gives me hope.
Here’s the full interview: