A review of Batya Ungar-Sargon's book, 'Bad News.'
This clarifies so much for me. Notably the hard push back from TV presenters who are required by the BBC to be neutral. If they refrain from letting the public know their personal opinions either during broadcasts and interviews or via twitter accounts then ‘journalist activists’ are attaining a status that they are being denied. How unfair!
Hear hear. I've written about this as well: https://societystandpoint.substack.com/p/journalisms-glaring-class-problem
I also noticed that conservative sites didn't really give Timpa much coverage either. Likely because it show cops in a bad light, and many conservatives are pro-cop. So only libertarian publications like Reason cover Timpa, Daniel Shaver, Duncan Lemp, etc.
I’m not sure I’d call this a book review so much as a literary essay, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I read the same book, but I feel like I got something new out of it by reading this. Since subscription models tend to target wealthier readers, does that mean that substack is for rich people?
Incidentally I’m of an age that remembers this phenomena as being referred to as ‘being in with the in crowd’ a la Roxy Music. Gary Linaker what a little inconsequential man you really are!
Hmmm. So the NYT is “selling status” to wealthy people to whom “anti-racism is a class signifier of wealth”. That’s a convoluted theory with large ellipses in explanation. If we Occam’s Razor this a bit, we get actually existing correlations between higher education, wealth and liberal social attitudes (on average). Publisher sells newspapers to wealthy, educated liberals and advertisers sell high-end products to those same people. Yep, we’re done.
You probably can’t just label people’s beliefs “signalling”, even if they’re rich and don’t deserve your sympathy or you’re a vulgar Marxist with libertarian fans who’s refurbishing false consciousness with some cod-sociological jargon for the social media age.
On the poor white guy; as a former grunt hack in the news mines, I can tell you that it just wasn’t a breaking news story at that moment in time beyond his locality and his poor friends and relatives. There’s not enough space in the public’s attention span for all the horrors in the world, as hungry millions will attest. It’s not pretty but it’s the reality. And you don’t need dialectical materialism to figure out why.