Catfish and Cod
Monday, September 01, 2003
The need for a new alternative.
(Link path: The Edge of England's Sword, The Guardian)
Andrew Graham argues that the BBC must be protected in order to balance the evil capitalist Murdoch's BSkyB. Telemachus points out that the BBC is an out-of-control socialist organization. Here, in a nutshell, we have the divide between the Left and the Right in America, or between Europe and America in foreign affairs.
If we allow private individuals, i.e. capitalists, to control the media, what do we get? Bias: a slant towards pro-capitalist positions, with a tendency towards sensationalism over real reporting.
If we allow the public, i.e., the government, to control the media, what do we get? Bias: a slant towards pro-socialist positions, with a tendency towards sensationalism over real reporting.
There must be a better deal than this. We need new concepts, a new actor on the stage, or a new partnership between public and private positions, with an eye towards more accountability and higher standards. This need goes far beyond mere journalism -- but journalism is as good a place to start as any.