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Objectivity: Then and Now

Posted by: | October 21, 2009 | No Comment |

Over the past century or so, objectivity has seen many distinctions due to the growth of technology and the increasingly demand of news across the world. This has led to major differences between objectivity in the early 20th Century to today.

According to Michael Schudson, objectivity means that a person’s statements about the world can be trusted if they are submitted to established rules deemed legitimate by  a professional community.  During the 1960s, objectivity became a major improvement in terms of delivering news then sensationalism. This is an example of objectivity with a random report from the Associated Press.

Then there is objectivity in today’s media landscape

Now that’s the news most Americans accustomed to everyday. News anchors expressing opinions and yelling back and forth at the opponent. Watching and reading objective news on television and newspapers are very boring nowadays. People want in-depth analysis, and opinion.

They also want some action added to the news such as shouting, and arguing with each anchor. How does cable networks such as Fox News and MSNBC draw viewers every night? Let just face it, objectivity is virtually non existent in today’s media world. Americans want more things then just the facts.

Objectivity in the 1920s is just reporting the news and trusting the means of the source. Today, its driven by analysis and opinion.

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