Theophillis Goodyear: It’s Time for Academia to Coin a New Term: The Post-Journalism Era

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Theophillis Goodyear
Theophillis Goodyear

It’s Time for Academia to Coin a New Term: The Post-Journalism Era

>Watching Danny Schechter’s documentary, “WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception,” a term stood out for me: the era of post-journalism. And I could see immediately that it’s an accurate term that should be adopted by academia—-just as the terms, postmodern, neocolonialism, and neoconservatism have been—-because the tradition of journalists speaking truth to power died a long time ago. Business interests are a conflict of interest that contemporary journalism has not been able to rise above. Or as jazz legend Mose Allison once said in his song: Everybody Cryin’ Mercy: “Everybody’s cryin’ justice . . . just as long as there’s business first.”

So I entered the term: post journalism era into the Google search engine and I only came up with one decent link: an article by Russ Baker from his website: WhoWhatWhy.com.

Here are the first two sentences of his article: “The Washington Post has great reporters, but as a journalistic institution, it has been strikingly sympathetic to the ruling establishment. Over the decades, reporters there have complained repeatedly about how their efforts to break out of an emerging consensus have been stymied, overtly or more subtly.”

WhoWhatWhy homepage

I also did a dot edu Google search and came up with zero hits for the term post-journalism era. I think this is a term that desperately needs to be coined and spread far and wide, especially in academica. In fact it should have been coined a century ago. But better late than never.

Phi Beta Iota:  Hybrid is the term we use.  The eight tribes need to cross-fertilize sources and methods, and all of them need to adopt transparency, truth, and trust as their method, moral, and manifesto.