Sunday, March 04, 2007

Shame on You, Professor Robertson?

Monday alert: The Journalism Ethics class will be discussing the degree to which this headline about the fatal traffic accident on Turk St. was inaccurate and/or insensitive. It is the nature of journalism to treat the external events that are its substance as a kind of raw material that one regards dispassionately. Some would equate that dispassion with the vaunted "objectivity" that *some say* is the journalist's necessary stance. Or perhaps the headline was mere sensationalism. That's what ethics class will be discussing.

Don't you wish you could be a fly on the wall.

Or a mosquito? If you were a mosquito, it would be like ethical dinner theater.

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