Vox Jumps the Shark, Again. Surprised?

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Wow. Some people just can’t help but compare everything to GamerGate. It’s truly amazing that after a year, the SJW haters in the media will just not let go the fact that they lost the argument. They’ve been seen for what they are and just can’t let their dead meme die a decent death.

The story I’m currently referring to is in Vox and really has nothing to do with GamerGate but the author, Max Fisher, can’t help but compare Donald Trumps “sexist” remarks to those who are GamerGate Supporters. Here’s the relevant paragraph:

GamerGate and Donald Trump might not seem obviously connected, but they are: both are expressions of a disturbingly prevalent belief in the United States that not only is it right and good to hate women, but that hating women is so right and good that anyone who tells you not to hate women is a threat to core American values. Some believe it is such a threat that it is appropriate to punish them by, say, blanketing them in online harassment or calling in a SWAT team to their house.

I honestly don’t get it and I don’t understand how people like this keep their jobs. Writing a piece about how much you dislike Trump has nothing to do with GamerGate. This is Journalism 101, but then most of us know that so-called journalists today have probably never had a basic course in writing, much less journalism. They all seem to be Mass Communication grads from overpriced universities that push an agenda.

But then, I think that’s why many of these writers are in the business. Just look at all the online garbage we all see everyday, not just from Vox, and yes, they are both left and right wing. Does anyone honestly believe that some of these people are not writing to speak the truth to their readers, but to convince the same of their very narrow agenda.

Lies and disinformation is what we mostly receive in the media. Yes, there are some that are very good and seem to look at both sides of an issue/topic but they seem to be rarer and rarer every year.

5 thoughts on “Vox Jumps the Shark, Again. Surprised?

  1. “This is Journalism 101…”

    As a former journalist with a degree in journalism and actual work experience as a journalist at both newspapers and magazines, I’m curious as to just what qualifies you to make pronouncements as to what violates the rules and principles of Journalism 101? More to the point, I’m curious as just what content you think a Journalism 101 program would contain? My curiosity stems from my examination of the writings in question at Vox and determination that what Vox wrote does not violate any rules, principles or canons of journalism that would make up the content of a Journalism 101 course or program. I am bemused by those bloggers who think that because they are bloggers they have a clue what constitutes journalism, good or bad. This attitude is not unlike that of so many adults who think they know what it is to teach because they once sat in a classroom as a learner so many years ago.

    “…but then most of us know that so-called journalists today have probably never had a basic course in writing, much less journalism.”

    And you know this how? You’ve conducted a well-designed, scientific survey of journalists? Or you have examined some research by others that drew this conclusion? You are familiar with the academic courses required to earn a bachelors degree in journalism or communication, whether it be mass media, broadcast, print, etc. at this nation’s universities and colleges? The vast majority of journalists in this country have actually graduated with a four-year degree in journalism or some type of communication program that most certainly required more than one course in writing and journalism. Problem is that with the explosion of the internet, in particular the blogosphere, many people – both the bloggers themselves and those who read blogs – have mistakenly come to think that a blogger is a journalist just because he or she is a blogger. You seem to be one of those who has fallen victim to this mistaken identity. I suggest you resist the temptation to define journalism on the basis of what takes place in the blogosphere and define it more on what reporters at the nation’s mainstream media outlets – newspapers, news magazines, broadcast news programs – do on a daily basis. If you do the research you’ll find that about 89% of these journalists have a college degree, most of them in the actual field of journalism. (http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/9520/journalists-are-more-likely-to-be-college-graduates/) So they have in fact had multiple courses in writing and journalism. I know this is anecdotal, but my degree required at least six courses in news and editorial writing, not to mention various courses in editing, history of journalism, and other courses related to both the practice of journalism as well as subjects that a journalist might actually report about (politics, popular culture, etc.) My academic coursework was not out of the ordinary.

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    • I spent 2 yrs in my younger days as a real journalist. That’s how I know what Journalism 101 is. Also, please, in the future, try to keep your comments a bit shorter.

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  2. I know that the universities are a favorite conservative boogeyman, but I think the real problem here just might be the market. I suspect that people like this keep their jobs because this is what their editors want from them. And the editors want it because it draws traffic and keeps the advertisers paying. Outrage media draws traffic. It looks like you are even contributing to the article’s search engine ranking by linking to it.

    Some of the people who write pieces like this are certainly pushing an ideological agenda. No question about that. But my guess is that at least some of those writing stuff like this do not believe their own claims. Manipulating outrage is simply their business model. And as long as the demand is there, it is likely to remain an effective model.

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  3. Some typical journalism programs and the required courses.

    University of Kentucky
    http://www.uky.edu/registrar/bulletinCurrent/courses/JOU.pdf

    University of Missouri School of Journalism
    http://journalism.missouri.edu/programs/undergraduate/degree-requirements/

    University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
    https://catalogue.usc.edu/schools/communication/jour-undergraduate/

    University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    http://bulletin.unl.edu/undergraduate/major/Journalism/courses

    Kent State University School of Journalism (Kent, Ohio)
    http://provostdata.kent.edu/roadmapweb/2015/cibsjnl.pdf

    This list could go on and on. Note that a typical journalism major takes numerous writing courses.

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