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Prevailing Paradigm

 

Journalists, like all groups of people, are subject to a “herd” mentality, in which one looks around for the dominant “take” on matters and places subsequent information within that framework as a way to avoid saying something so “off base” that it is embarrassing. This is especially true of foreign reporters who do not know much of the past and present of their assigned subjects. As a result, much news tends to replicate itself, and offer the reader a minimum of “alternative” takes. Much of this lies hidden behind a kind of neutral language that, nonetheless, reflects such conventions and consensual approaches. How do we discover underlying paradigms and discourage the pack mentality of journalists? Such a question poses immense challenges to us all.

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