26 April 2007

Do we live in fictitious times?

No, it is rather that we choose what kind of fiction we prefer to live in, when we decide what is "our" newspaper, what is "our" TV channel, who is "our" guru of the day. Of course, the moment we make each of these decisions, we make another one - what will be the newspaper, the TV channel, the guru we'll dismiss offhand.

Still, there is some hope. Like, for example, here:

In a world like that, there's little use for proper journalism. In a world like that, documentaries have little value except to entrench pre-ordained narratives and affirm political identities. Advocacy journalism becomes the work of telling your side what it wants to hear instead of what it might actually need to know.

It's all perfectly democratic, of course, and tailor-made for the marketplace. You get to pick the propaganda you want. You'll find demagogues like Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly down one aisle, and the equally fatuous and shrill Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell down the other aisle. Take your pick.
More in Terry Glavin's article here.

One just cannot fight lies by lies, period.