Exterior to the text, the impact of such an effect has consequences
on our understanding of world events, the decisions we make and the votes we
cast. In a global world which gets obscure information the moment its published
and digests it over a Starbucks we cannot reasonably expect the public to be
critical of everything they read. It’s a
post-fact age. Opinion and agenda shines brighter than facts and expertise.
Should we hold reporters to an unrealistic standard in the pursuit of
impartiality and equity? If people don’t feel
represented they will switch to another media outlet which affirms their views.
Seeking to be told “you’re
right, you were right all along” is human
nature. The question then becomes how far are we willing to let the erosion of journalistic
integrity go. To what degree is it reasonable and when does it become dangerous?
When we can no longer find any single source with an absolute commitment to the
facts, rather than the delivery, how to we make informed decisions about
immigration, leaving the European Union, or the next president?