News about News: Why the West won’t Trust “Citizen Journalists” in Syria

 

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An excellent story from New Republic, on the changing face of reportage. Time to rethink what constitutes a journalist , and what separates Journalists from Propagandists. Or whether such distinctions are, or were, ever possible.  The tone is balanced, but the underlying itch is how the world tends to relegate citizen journalists as activists and to demand corroboration and verification.

How far is this kind of amateur coverage of events different than the newest nonce phrase : ‘ An official who cannot be named because they are not authorized to speak to the press” ???  When double speak is the lingua franca, where do we go from here?

The information may want to be free, but it’s got a helluva way to travel before that happens.

“I read the news today, oh boy….about a lucky man who made the grade,

He blew his mind out in a car, he didn’t notice that the light had changed……”

-Lennon & McCartney

“A Day in the Life”