Monday, May 23, 2011

Because It's Been A While Since I Expressed My Love of Journalism

It's been a while since I posted an ode to journalism. So, here's a sad one from this op-ed by a Russian journalist:  

In Russia today, journalists are murdered like Anna Politkovskaya, beaten like Oleg Kashin and intimidated like me, but — as terrible as this will sound — that is not the real problem. The real problem is that journalists are ignored. The risks they take in challenging Vladimir Putin and the Russian oligarchy have ceased to have meaning. One is valued only for telling a harmless story, an amusing anecdote that can exist, side by side, with ad space.

There's what to say about whether this attitude toward journalism is present in America, too, but I have research to do (story of my life) and it's almost 1 in the morning, so I'll leave you to your own thoughts about what it means that people are more interested in pictures of the royal wedding (those hats!) than in serious journalism. 


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