Monday, November 06, 2006

Democracy's Last Gleaming?

What is the purpose of journalism?
What is the purpose of a journalist?
If you are one of the believers of the precept that they both exist so that a democratic society can be supplied the pertinent information, from which it can then debate, ascertain, and ultimately make decisions (personal, and otherwise) that will enable its informed citizens to lead better lives, then you may have to believe that we are on the cusp of a "dark age" concerning both the practisioners of the craft, and the craft itself.

Food for thought, take a finger stroll on over to The Council of Canadians website (

Specifically, call up the autumn 2006 edition, "The Silent Treatment".

What do you think of Stuart Trew's, "A Conspiracy Of Silence"?

If only one third of it were factual, it would be enough to freeze the marrow of the most thoughtful amongst us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: "if only one third of it were factual..." wait, are you saying trews is making stuff up, darcy? or was that just a rhetorical device to illustrate the dire straits that journalism is in vis-a-vis fulfilling its democratic promise.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Darcy O'Brien said...

I'll take door number two.

Also, I'd like to point out, that I believe there is nothing wrong with journalism, that can not be rectified with what is right about it.

11:24 PM  

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