The Journalistic Mind

Yesterday I wrote that the leftist media (i.e. all of it) can’t shut up about the alt-right because they’re fascinated for finally having a worthy rival. They see the appeal.

Another possibility is that journalists basically spend all their lives in Twitter, and our Frog-Twitter friends are trolling them so hard that their Dunbar brains are just saturated with alt-right people. And so they react. And react, way beyond the real world importance of them. It’s like high-school kids talking all the time about their classmates. Of course they do, it’s where they spend their whole lives. But it’s all absolutely trivial in hindsight.

Here’s some evidence of how journalists work, and why they’re brains are basically on drugs with Twitter. This is a passage from David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest, a 1972 book detailing how the Cathedral back then, the media and the bureaucracy, botched the Vietnam War because they couldn’t stop sucking each others’ dicks. Basically because everybody wanted to suck JKF’s dick.

David Halberstam was a fairly successful journalist, who took a long leave of several years in order to write a book. He writes how hard it was to quit his usual routine as a journalist for the lonely job of writing a book who would only be complete after years of work.

The hardest thing I had to do at the start was to take leave of my byline for the next four years. Ours is a profession built upon the immediacy of reward: We graduate from college, and our peers go off to law school and graduate school and medical school. They have barely started their first-year classes, and our names are bannered across the front pages of the nation’s leading newspapers. They get their medical or law degrees, and start out in their residencies or as the lowest hirelings in a law office, and we are old-timers, covering the statehouse, or on our way to Washington, by now, we believe, the possessors of a well-known brand name. The byline is a replacement for many other things, not the least of them money. If someone ever does a great psychological profile of journalism as a profession, what will be apparent will be the need for gratification—if not instant, then certainly relatively immediate. Reporters take sustenance from their bylines; they are a reflection of who you are, what you do, and why, to an uncommon degree, you exist. It was hard enough to give so much of it up when I went to Harper’s, where I would get only five or six bylines a year. But to go from the world of easy recognition, from the world of the Times and Harper’s, to a world where I might get only one byline in four years, was a great risk. A journalist always wonders: If my byline disappears, have I disappeared as well? My friends, knowing my compulsions, my innate impatience, wondered if I could do it. Would I be able to resist assignments and stay with my project?

 

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  1. The Journalistic Mind | @the_arv - pingback on March 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm
  2. The Journalistic Mind | @the_arv - pingback on March 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm
  3. The Journalistic Mind | Reaction Times - pingback on March 16, 2017 at 2:54 am
  4. The Journalistic Mind | Reaction Times - pingback on March 16, 2017 at 2:54 am
  5. So basically they have the mental age of a small child.

  6. So basically they have the mental age of a small child.

  7. Every facet of “news” is addictive. Every form of “news” is a slow drip of vicarious power fantasy. There was no “news” before the dawn of the Democratic Age, real or imagined, and there will be no “news” after its dusk. The information loop will be cut. There was a great UR article on this, but after many minutes of valiant searching I couldn’t find it—sorry.

  8. Every facet of “news” is addictive. Every form of “news” is a slow drip of vicarious power fantasy. There was no “news” before the dawn of the Democratic Age, real or imagined, and there will be no “news” after its dusk. The information loop will be cut. There was a great UR article on this, but after many minutes of valiant searching I couldn’t find it—sorry.

  9. The alt-right often engages in alt-right drama irrelevant to those of us who don’t follow twitter.

  10. The alt-right often engages in alt-right drama irrelevant to those of us who don’t follow twitter.

  11. Print media as high school gossip but with adults. I think you’re on to something there.

  12. Print media as high school gossip but with adults. I think you’re on to something there.

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