Tuesday, 15 July 2008

The Press

Keeping things straight

Poynter Institute’s Kelly McBride asks the musical question:

But is there still room for satire in journalism?
and then tries to answer it:
I sure hope so.
There follows a tortured, discursive examination of The New Yorker’s Obama cover, complete with cautions to editiors that, while “clued-in regular readers who already get what the publication is up to” will have no trouble understanding what’s going on, posting something on the web exposes it to all the riff-raff (“newbies”), who might not, you know, be in on the joke.

Which is true. But what does this have to do with “journalism?”

Dear Kelly,

If what you’re committing is intended as “satire,” then it may be literary composition exhibiting wit, parody, ridicule, irony, sarcasm, word-mongering, scrivenage, or perhaps just bloviation while in proximity to a keyboard.

But it sure as hell ain’t “journalism.”

Many budding pressmen have difficulty understanding this.

You will go far– provided you don’t confuse the two.

All success,
Old Grouch

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