Tuesday, April 25, 2006
The value of conflict
Conflict is very often seen as a negative thing, but it doesn't have to be. I agree that conflict is an important part of good reporting. Including conflict can be something as simple as getting both sides of a controversial issue. I think that conflict is actually what helps the media adhere to values such as accuracy and equity. Conflict forces them to get the whole picture, to get different viewpoints, and get different sides of a story. That keeps them out of it. They are just giving every possible amount of information they can give, and then allowing the readers to make a decision about what they believe, or what side they are on.