“If journalism is to survive, they must appeal appeal to the widest possible audience”. Hello Dan, you won’t hear me dispute this and I like the direction you go. A key, you illustrate, is certainly the advent of the Net, Social media and the rest that certainly has served me well. I may have worked in mainstream, but I certainly recognise its flaws, many intractable, which provided me with the fillip ( as a minority) to craft my interpretation of the world. Perhaps, whilst not specifying diversity in its broadest sense I am a strong advocate and agree with your last para. J.D. Vance, I mention in my piece, certainly fits that bill.
Ultimately journalism which has been emboldened by the social science is an imperfect field, discipline, practice. Note academics spend half their time framing what they’re not talking about, before they do talk on an issue — something journalism space doesn’t facilitate. And academics have their fa
The mistake this gi-normous profession makes is pretending it can definitively do justice to an issue, event etc. As the saying goes, the world is too important to be left to journalists. The more existential crisis is how we move away from populist perspectives to the other, sometimes uncomfortable views, that are politically antithetical to the journalism body delivering to us.
Technology, I hope, will deliver but yes diversity in sex, age, religion, class, environment, left side-right side thinking absolutely matter. Journalism after all is a carapace which facilitates the shaping of texts, visuals etc. But in the end it’s us, who we are and what we represent and there needs to be more contributions from those considered outside the ‘conventional’ conversations. Blogs help address this.
I’m minded about the entrenched disputes between renaissance philosophers e.g. Berkley, Locke, Hume and Kane trying to understand the way humans think. And how William Blake (1757–1827), viewed as unhinged said: “the tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction”. Referencing the ongoing conflict between rationale and emotion, Blake’s view was we needed to step out of conventional views. Problematic in journalism! Blake would have made a fine blogger. That said there are many modern Blakes that need to be heard. Thanks for writing Dan.