If journalism is how we talk about our politics, and political speech is how we situate ourselves in the world, what does the recent explosion of podcasts say about the current day?
How one decides to theorize the news, and especially how one thinks about truth, is symptomatic of numerous other calculations: political systems, economic flows, and material comforts. The most consistent factor is ourselves, and the self-referential paradox we mold from the world around us.
The news can be defined as information about events, individuals, and forces outside the realm of one’s immediate, knowable reality. The news media, then, are the means, methods, and mediums by which this information transfers from its origin “out there” to you.
My capstone project for the Pomona politics major was a 12 book collection that explored modern journalism’s collision course with the digitally-networked reality of the current era.
If there is one “unequivocal truth” to be deduced from reading exclusively books about journalism, it’s that 2019 is not journalism's first crisis. If we’ll allow ourselves a second — it’s probably that unequivocal truth doesn’t exist. When dealing in unequivocal truths, it’s best to stick to one.
In 2018, a lot of our conversations seem fraught. Our politics are defined by how we are different. Our media exists in non-overlapping silos. Our facts are guided by what we’d like to be true, rather than what actually is. So I explored the means by which we talk.