Thursday, April 26, 2018

Quote of the Day (Michael Kinsley, on the Impact of Personal Internet Writing on Journalism)

“The personal and opinionated nature of Internet writing has rubbed off on the more traditional style of newswriting. The new apparent standards are a big jump away from ‘objectivity’ as practiced—or at least aspired to—by American newspapers for the past century. They are a move toward the model more common in Britain and elsewhere, where bias is allowed to show and readers are allowed, indeed required, to discount accordingly.” — Michael Kinsley, “Donald Trump and the Limits of Data Journalism,” Vanity Fair, September 2016

This trend has accelerated, as with so much else, in the aftermath of the election of 2016. I do not regard it as a plus for either the craft or perception of American journalism.

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