Thursday, January 02, 2014

"Mid-life crisis" at Global Voices?

Global Voices is having some sort of crisis, it seems. The usually excellent, vivid and informative world news site is now "disturbed" by the news.  WTF?!?  How odd! GV says "Violent Conflict Erupts in South Sudan. Protesters Beaten, Arrested in Egypt. Communities Destroyed by Typhoon in Philippines. These are stories we believe are important. But what if it is all just too depressing?"

What if World War II and Hitler's atrocities had been deemed "too depressing" to bother to report? GV, hate to break it to you, but news is news, and it is the duty of journalists (and some bloggers have taken it upon themselves) to record it, dissect it, interpret it and report it. If you can't continue to support that argument, shut your site down! They go on "...there are times when even the team at GV would rather curl up with BuzzFeed's '40 Most Awkward Cats of 2013' "   REALLY? Next thing you know they'll be posting Miley Cyrus videos!

GV proposes to experiment with “solutions journalism” and “good news” - and, trying to shore up an argument that  News Doesn't Reflect the Real World , GV promises to "...look at a few ways that news can not only inform but empower us to as citizens of the world and the Internet."  So back to the 1940s where journalists could have written stories about how kind the SS was over the Holiday Season to gentiles in occupied lands?   Touchy-feely?

Agreed, some of mainstream America's news agencies and networks may need "saving," but the general public has already turned on certain networks and even certain once-popular radio newstalk hosts after it became obvious they were reporting foolishly. By that I mean, not questioning information provided by particular sources and giving only one side of stories having multiple points of view.

Unbeknownst to Global Voices' Managing Editor Solana Larsen, the site is already practicing “solutions journalism” - or at least appears to be. If she honestly believes the news cycle is broken, who can convince her it is not? 

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