There is a troubling pattern that has been weaved out of a culture dependent on free information.
The masses will complain about the proliferation of fake news, but still wants its headlines for free. Well, here is a newsflash for those whining more than Gilbert Godfrey at a 24-hour telethon: If you want legitimate news, you should try paying for it.
Now, I might be channeling my inner Dennis Miller here, but unlike him, I do want to get off on a rant here.
Over the last decade journalists and publishers alike have been kicked in the teeth with steel-toed Doc Martens. The perpetrator is the audience.
You. Let that sink in like the teeth of a Tasmanian devil on carrion.
Media has become disposable, in the eyes of vox populi. Churnalism has become commonplace, and because of the next-to-free cost of the internet, yellow journalism has become abundant.
Of course, vox populi, vox dei.
But, the adage, “You get what you paid for,” must be uttered, much to the ire of the masses, to describe what’s happened with the rise of fake news. Our world has been complacent in letting journalism turn into a melting pot of Buzzfeed and yellow journalism.
My greatest bone is how entertainment reporting has descended into the bowels of a dung-eating beetle. The blame must be shouldered by the audience in this case.
But I digress.
With the rise of an inexperienced politician, bullying the reporters who must follow his racket, journalism has become the villain. The last time that happened on such a high scale, Swastikas were misappropriated by a collective of xenophobes (an understatement) across Europe.
Corruption does not like reporters sniffing around. They will attempt to shed light on the rotting carcass that befalls humans in power. But to provide that service, someone must flip the bill.
So, what’s the point of my diatribe? Simply put, support respected journalism. Buy a newspaper. Get a subscription to a political magazine like the Walrus or Maclean’s or Esquire. Buy advertising space in your local rag. If you don’t, you let the bad guys win. And those bad guys need to be held accountable, whether they march in red, blue or orange stripes.