Mmmm and that’s the interesting bit about this discursive thing called journalism and indeed interpretations, when you say “you seem to poke-fun…” Most likely requires a symptomatic reading but one post will probably not suffice. It is all about interpretation and yes web disintermediates, and tech has always played a central role, (Technologies of Seeing: Photography, Cinematography and Television, 1996) and (Media Technology and Society: A History from the Printing Press to the Superhighway, 2015) but perhaps that’s not where I was going. Though I’m always open to be wrong and corrected. There have been incredible movements on the web. Whom am I to judge? We watched in disbelief in 1995 when it surfaced and marvelled thereon. Passing through from broadcast to online, coding, building etc. has been an experience, not that you have asked, but it frames my thinking. An example may help. In 1995 a newspaper outfit revisited a fresh way of seeing events, using cinema tropes and cues to make meaning. Robert Drew had done it before in the 1960s. They called it videojournalism. By 2000, the form acquired by broadcasters, and by default, it was passed on by MSMs as the correct way to do video journalism. The form reverted to the recognisable conventions that has framed journalism for many a good years. Interesting for me, mobile journalism and it has been brilliant, yet, in my limited readings is yet to introduce a new lingua franca into story form. I’m a big fan of AJ+work (intertitles) if anyone’s screaming at me and the screen. No not mobile’s ability to push/tweet/etc, am I referring to, but structural narrative — my interest. And that’s not to say there aren’t exemplars but perhaps (and this is a huge convo) what happened with art from realism to impressionism or literary equivalents, is what seems to have me standing at the crossroads waiting for that no 217 bus. I may be curmudgeon, but to extrude what I’d like from journalism as a way of understanding the human condition #brexit, #T, social divides, what have you, I think (bold statement alert) tech e.g. Facebook (I know it’s not the only one) needs a talking to. I subscribe, though it was my thoughts before, to what Jon Snow says about diversity. Do watch his whole interview if you can. Journalism is failing, not failed entirely, and depending upon whence you come from, it’s broadly impossible to speak of journalism’s overall utility. Just too many books to guide one however Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel make a compelling case. But I speak with the UK in mind, and yes, diversity (which often elicits the ‘c’mon!) is the rhino in the room. And when, and if, we ever get it right, there will possibly be other issues. But before then and diversity, not necessarily exclusively as a marker for different races, but backgrounds, cultures, upbringing, opinions, sexes, matters in how it shapes people’s emotions, and frames our memories for how we act and deliver particular narratives now and in the future. I think that’s where I was going. Could be wrong!

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Top Writer & Creative Technologist, Int. Award Winner. Cinemajournalist. Cardiff Uni @jomec. PhD (Dublin). Visiting Prof UBC, Ex BBC/C4News. Apple profiled.

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