Anyone with a device is now a credible reporter, as the journalism industry relaxes standards.
At one obscure and shadowy juncture pinpoint of time, the industry of journalism required a skill-set demanding a robust fortitude in adhering to the facts, and a Rembrant brush of artistry in appealing to a target audience, the symbiotic relationship between the communicator and the citizen crucial and necessary to maintain the legacy of the First Amendment. The SAT analogies and comparison section would usher students into the jaded realm of higher education with this expired logistical metaphor “some people are qualified to be journalists, some people are not qualified to be journalists, thus everyone is not a journalist.” The logical imperative makes sense and insinuates that a subset of standards of ethics is required in maintaining objectivity and possessing a level of entertainment. With the abrupt adoption of texting or “textlines” into the accepted and legitimate practice of professionally sharing information, all bets are off in the wild west depravity of the information age. Contemporary applicants vying for slot under the indoctrination and pretense of bombastic groupthink face a new challenge in navigating the vicious and flawed cycle of the education system in processing a world ablaze in forceful ambiguity and the incessant recalibration of morality and the basis of arguments.
The new SAT metaphor would unsettlingly read, “All people are journalists, because all journalists are people.”, a chilling societal critique of a culture brazen enough to shun competition, and naïve in the sense of awarding entitlement based on warm and fuzzy verbal platitudes. The official deconstruction of a beautiful and complex language forged over billions of years was sparked by Twitter’s instant happiness platform, and is doomed by texts now embraced as news. While the stringent neutral and disinterested theatrics of Walter Krontkite and Edward L. Murrow were delivered by an orchestrated crew of professionals, the startlingly sized and scale of what a nightly media broadcast has become is more than disturbing, especially when one weighs the context and reality of reading fewer than fewer characters of text on a smartphone. The sobering notion that the gods of evening television have been replaced by a diminutive device is an indictment on the entire human race. Goodnight. Good riddance. That is all folks.
The process of reporters texting to perpetuate information or “textlines” has become an industry accepted standard in generating journalistic content, prompting a collective cheer from professional instigators and the extremist faction of the democratic party in promoting fluidic ideology to continuously changing the argument to support an ulterior motive. Critics of Twitter’s intellectual abbreviation platform and news delivery service, and the propensity of F***book to bury conservative slanted posts, are attempting to process the potential detrimental ramifications imposed on the information free market. With the already delicate and controversial nature of the news cycle, where the concept of “majority rules” has been usurped by the catering to the special interest lobby, the exclusion of words has become the standard of effective communication. The idea of “what was not said” in an article is worth its weight in gold, as insinuation and innuendo are powerful tools of subversion and coercion in a noosphere dominated by social media. As there exists no space in a limited field for the five basic w’s of journalism, any accuracy or integrity should immediately be discounted before a reporter even sends a text.
While Twitter has created marvelous safe space for purposely telling only one side of the story, “textlines” make an absolute abomination of the definition of even watered down or superficial news. One can imagine a reporter with the mindset of communicating with a love interest smartphone to smartphone in sending this craptapulous treatment of the autonomous six block area of Seattle seized by protestors- “In a sea of love and adoration social justice warriors come together as one, as CHAZ has captured the attention of the nation as a model for utopia.”
As a result of the smartphone craze, English teachers endure students periodically using text abbreviations in essays, a cardinal sin that is indicative of both a failure in parenting and the education system on multiple levels. With the official launch of content purveyors texting news, how long before digital shorthand is utilized within an actual article blasted to 115 million devices? LOL to making an already dangerous development to the First Amendment, worse.
The only shred of hope for a rationalist navigating the cumbersome waters of future is that Philip K. Dick followers engineer memory implants for disgruntled Americans fed up at living in a time of unscrupulous morals and a global pandemic unleashed by Maoists. Even the works of H.G. Wells would suffice in spawning an effort to physically return to the past, and beyond this crazy world of self-proclaimed enlightened pseudo-intellectuals demanding servitude and globalism to assuage an esoteric and festering guilt onset by minor personality disorders and social anxiety. Taking it up a notch, William Gibson preaches nepatism through relentless cloning in assaulting the timeline.
Media outlets claim that “textlines” will reinforce audience engagement in catering to the universal and immediate craving for entertaining content, a phenomenon which plagues the younger generations. However, there is a history of standards on the line, yet in a culture that worships the present, and disparages the past, traditions are as reprehensible to the masses as a statue of Teddy Roosevelt.
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