Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 13/06/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20846
There are millions of victims throughout the Middle East region, that cannot be understood or expressed through typical media narration: a gripping headline, couple of quotes and a paragraph or two by way of providing context.The price is too high for this kind of lazy journalism.
American author and journalist, Ernest Hemingway, once wrote, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
But modern journalism - at least, the way it is communicated in the Middle East at the moment - hardly bleeds. Under the guise of false objectivity, it remains detached, removed from its immediate reality and is rarely expressive of the seriousness of this difficult transition of our history.
The truth is, however, journalism has not failed. We did. We are the ones still unable to appreciate the gravity of what has befallen our region and, by extension, the world at large. We are the ones still singing the praises of the elites and defending the interests of the few.
As for the people, if we do not neglect them altogether, then we turn their misery into fodder in our political feuds.