Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Conflict as a value?
I hate to think that conflict is a news value. Sadly, I think it is a human value, not that humans like conflict but rather then have the tendency to flock to it. Conflict is interesting to us and that is a very human problem. Rather than running from unknown noises in the forest, we have to investigate, figure out what is causing it. Because of this tendency, journalists, as the voice of the people, report on a lot of conflict, but that doesn't mean we value conflict. Journalists are human too and conflict effects us in the same kinds of ways it effects of rest of the world. It hurts, for us maybe even more than normal because we are right in the thick of it, sometimes we can even be the cause because we bring problems to the attention of the people. But in order for journalists to keep with other ethical values that we do hold, despite public opinion, conflict must be approached as a means to find a solution. Journalists cannot create turmoil for the heck of it. They cannot blow problems out of proportion. Journalism must only value conflict that creates solutions. Arguing simply for the sake of arguing is fine, but must be kept off the front page.