Journalism’s Biggest Lie and How to Fix It

What do science fiction author Robert Heinlein and Heisenberg have to do with journalism’s biggest lie? They’re both part of the solution to a fundamental problem with journalism, communication and storytelling in an era of fake news, propaganda and hyper-divided audiences.

Journalistic Objectivity is Fiction – And That’s Just Fine. – Center for Digital Ethics and Policy | Loyola University Chicago

All journalists, from their first day in class or on the job, are taught a sacrosanct principle that’s spoken of in reverential tones and repeated as if part of a monastic ritual: objectivity. It’s almost as if working journalists must become the Fair Witness of science fiction author Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

Reposted courtesy of the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University, Chicago.


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